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This week on the SISA (Students Interested in Study Abroad)
Listserv you will find some useful information for those who
are planning to go abroad, those who are currently abroad,
and those who have returned!

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THE 20TH ANNUAL UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA:

STUDY, WORK, & TRAVEL ABROAD FAIR

DON’T DREAM IT…DO IT!!! If you are interested in learning about the numerous opportunities for going abroad, here’s a great way to help you decide where to go and what to do…please come visit the STUDY ABROAD FAIR! You can meet face to face with 100 representatives of Study Abroad Programs from around the world.

Date: Wednesday, October 6, 2004
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Place: Tate Student Center, Georgia Hall

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ATTENTION FALL 2004 STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS:

 Let your voice be heard while oversees!!! Here are some great ways to make your vote count in the upcoming elections. 

 Note: The Presidential Elections are held on November 2, 2004.  Most states will allow you to vote at least 30 days before the election by using the emergency write-in ballot.  These ballots are available at any of the following websites:

1. http://www.overseasvote2004.com
If you have internet access and a printer, this is by far the least confusing, quickest way to fill in the request forms for an absentee ballot.

2. Political Parties Abroad
Both Democrats Abroad (http://www.democratsabroad.org) and Republicans Abroad (http://www.republicansabroad.org) can provide the paperwork and assistance in filling in the forms.  They each register voters regardless of party affiliation.

3. The Federal Voter Assistance Program http://www.fvap.gov
The FVAP site provides all the necessary forms for download along with state by state instructions. The FVAP also maintains toll-free numbers in many countries which connect to their office in Virginia.

You may be asking, “Where can I send my ballot if I do not have a fixed address?”  Here’s the answer, send it to either the International Students’ Office at your host university or to your US study abroad program sponsor.

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SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES:

IREX/WWC GRANT FOR JUNIOR SCHOLARS TO ATTEND THE 2005 ASIA REGIONAL POLICY SYMPOSIUM

The International Research & Exchanges Board (IREX), in collaboration with The Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Kennan Institute (WWC), is pleased to announce its grant for junior scholars to attend the 2005 ASIA REGIONAL POLICY SYMPOSIUM

The Symposium is scheduled to take place in late March 2005, in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and will involve three days of reviews of current research projects, roundtable discussions, and the development of policy recommendations.  Junior and Senior scholars will come together to discuss a variety of political, economic, historical, and cultural topics related to the larger region of Asia. Countries in this region include: Afghanistan, China, India, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, North Korea, Pakistan, Russia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.

--Application Deadline: November 15, 2004
--Award: * Round-trip airfare and/or surface transportation (provided by IREX through its travel office) from anywhere in the United States to the symposium site. * Meals and accommodations for the duration of the symposium.
--Eligibility: Junior scholars will be chosen on the basis of a national competition. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to continued study, research, and work on and with the countries of the larger region of Asia, as well as submit a developed and policy-driven executive summary of their research. Applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Grants will be awarded to approximately 15 junior scholars.
--To Apply: You can access the application form and instructions at: www.irex.org/programs/symp05/

 GERMAN CHANCELLOR SCHOLARSHIP

 The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation awards 20 German Chancellor
Scholarships annually to young professionals in the private, public,
not-for-profit, cultural and academic sectors. The program is open to
citizens of the United States and the Russian Federation, with ten
scholarships designated for representatives of each nation. The German
Chancellor Scholarship Program sponsors individuals who demonstrate the potential to strengthen ties between Germany and their own country
through their profession or studies.

The scholarship provides for a stay of one year in Germany for
professional development, study, or research.  Applicants design
individual projects tailored to their professional goals and development
and decide at which institutions to pursue them. 

--Application deadline for 2005-2006 awards: October 31, 2004
--Program Dates: Begins September 1 and lasts twelve months.  It is preceded by language classes taught in Germany.
--Award: Monthly stipends range from EUR 2,000 to 3,500 and allowances are available for accompanying family members, travel expenses, and German language instruction.
--Eligibility: Candidates must be citizens of the United States or the Russian Federation, possess a bachelor’s degree, and be under 35 years of age by the start of the award. Prior knowledge of German is not a prerequisite.
--TO APPLY: Applications and information for U.S. applicants may be obtained from the U.S. Liaison Office or from the Foundation’s web site:
http://www.humboldt-foundation.de/en/programme/stip_aus/buka.htm
 
SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL TRAINING (SIT) SCHOLARSHIP:

University of Georgia students interested in participating in programs
sponsored by the School for International Training (SIT) can now apply
for a new scholarship opportunity. Funding from the scholarship comes
from SIT, the STAR Initiative, and the UGA Foundation.

SIT programs offer semester-length field based instruction in a variety
of different countries. Each program focuses on a specific theme, such
as Arts and Culture, Culture, Development, and Social Justice, Natural
and Cultural Ecology, Sexuality, Gender and Identity, Gender and
Development, Public Health, etc. Each program offers a full-load of 16
credits that combine a thematic seminar, instruction in field-based
research and independent study project.

 --Award: Awards will range from $1,000-$4,000, and will be available starting with Spring 2005
programs.
--To Apply: Please contact or visit the Office of International Education, 209 Barrow Hall for more details.

For further information on SIT programs, please visit www.sit.edu or visit the Office of International Education.
 
ELIZABETH SUZANNE SCHAEFER STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP

The Office of International Education is pleased to announce
the application deadline for the Elizabeth Suzanne Schaefer
Scholarship in support of UGA students who will study abroad
in Spring 2005 or Summer 2005.

--Application Deadline: October 15, 2004
--Award: $500 scholarships provided through support of the
Schaefer-Sammons family and the UGA Foundation.
--Eligibilty: UGA undergraduates attending a UGA study
abroad or exchange program or an external study abroad (not
sponsored by UGA). 3.0 minimum GPA required. Preference
will be given for academic merit, applicants from groups
that are under-represented in study abroad (i.e. students of
color, first generation college students, students from
rural Georgia, math/science majors), participation in
programs with language/cultural immersion component or
located in a under-represented geographic regions (i.e.
outside of Western Europe).
--To Apply: Download an Office of International Education
scholarship application from the OIE website at
http://www.uga.edu/oie/sagensch.htm and submit complete
application to the Office of International Education.
Additional study abroad scholarships are also available
using this application form.

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 THIS WEEK'S UGA-EXCHANGE PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT

Here’s a great opportunity to Study Abroad in Helsinki, Finland for a semester or year at the University of HelsinkiHelsinki is a cosmopolitan, multicultural city, and also serves as Finland's government capital and center of culture and finance. The University of Helsinki offers a wide range of courses taught in English, which are open to UGA exchange students as well as other Helsinki students.  Helsinki course subject options include anthropology, communication, economics, education, environmental science, Finnish culture and language studies, forestry, international and area studies (East Asia, North America, Latin America, etc.), linguistics, literature, philosophy, political science, psychology, social policy, and women's studies. 

Quick Program Details:
--Application Deadlines:  February 1 for Fall 2005 & Full Academic Programs  \   September 15 for  Spring 2006 Program
--Dates for Program:  Study on exchange for one semester or full academic year   Fall:  August – December /   Spring:  February – May/ June UGA Exchange

Host University Websites:  http://www.helsinki.fi/english/ and http://www.helsinki.fi/admissions/ohb/ 

For More Information Contact:  Colleen Larson, Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Education, 209 Barrow Hall, 542-7903, [log in to unmask]
or Dr. Mark Lusk, Office of International Affairs, 200 Barrow Hall, University of Georgia, Phone: (706) 542-0010, E-mail: [log in to unmask]

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Cheers,

Ashley

 

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Ashley Goodrich
Graduate Assistant
Office of International Education
209 Barrow Hall
University of Georgia
Athens, GA  30602
Phone: (706) 542-7903
Fax: (706) 542-6622