Below you will find the most recent posting to the SISA-L Listserv (Students Interested in Study Abroad) for the 2006-2007 academic year.

In each listserv message there is information for students who are planning to go abroad, those who are currently abroad, as well as those who have
returned!

In this week's issue:

1. CREDIT APPROVAL FORM REMINDER
2. ON-LINE REGISTRATION WITH US EMBASSY WHILE ABROAD
3. STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP ANNOUNCEMENTS --STARS --FREEMAN-ASIA--GILMAN
4. DELTA PRIZE FOR GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING
5. SPRING 2006 UGA EXCHANGE PROGRAM APPLICATION DEADLINE
6. EXCHANGE PROGRAM SPOTLIGHTS:
    #1 UNIVERSITY OF WALES, ABERYSTWYTH
    #2 UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI, FINLAND

7. STUDY ABROAD PEER ADVISOR PROGRAM
8.  INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LIFE COFFEE HOUR 8/25
9. 
SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS FOR YOUNG LEADERS - BRICK AWARDS

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ATTENTION FALL SEMESTER STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS:

CREDIT APPROVAL FORM REMINDER

This is a reminder for students attending a non-UGA study abroad program or a UGA exchange program (transcript issued by another U.S. or foreign university) to complete the Credit Approval Form before you depart for your study abroad program. The form serves to let UGA know you will be studying abroad, and to pre-approve your transfer credit, plus to help maintain your eligibility to keep your HOPE and financial aid. Students attending other UGA programs will receive resident credit and do not need to complete this form. 

The Credit Approval Form will require you to go to the Undergraduate Admissions and then to your academic advisor. When it is complete, it should be returned to the Office of International Education, 203 Barrow Hall at least 3 weeks prior to departure. You will not receive any financial aid, including the HOPE scholarship, if you do not fill out this form.

Provided here is the on-line link for the Credit Approval Form: http://www.uga.edu/oie/forms.htm. The Credit Approval Form is also available at the OIE Reception Desk in 203 Barrow Hall, the Study Abroad Library. You are welcome to call the OIE at 542-7903 with questions and/or to make an appointment with a study abroad advisor

*** Note about the new Credit Approval Form (CAF) Fee: In order to provide more services and staff to all students who study abroad, the Office of International Education is  instituting a CAF fee. This fee went into effect July 1, 2006, for anyone who has not already begun the exchange or study abroad credit approval process.  The fee is due when you submit your completed Credit Approval Form to the OIE for processing. 

The CAF fee schedule is as follows:

- UGA Exchanges - $125.00, payable when you first apply to the UGA Exchange Program
- USG (University System of GA) programs such as Valdosta State, European Council, West Georgia, etc. - $125.00, payable when you turn in the Credit Approval Form
- UNO-Innsbruck - $125.00, payable when you turn in the Credit Approval Form
- External Programs - $250.00, payable when you turn in the Credit Approval Form

A student will be charged this fee only once in a given academic year, even if he or she studies abroad on more than one program or does a full-year (two-semester) exchange. Please make checks payable to UGA and put -CAF Fee- on the check memo line. 

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REGISTER ON-LINE WITH US EMBASSY OVERSEAS

The Office of International Education recommends that all current study abroad students register with the local US Embassy in your host country. Students may easily register on-line via the US State Department website:

https://travelregistration.state.gov.

Travel registration is a free service provided by the U.S. Government to U.S. citizens who are traveling to, or living in, a foreign country. Registration allows you to record information about your upcoming trip abroad that the Department of State can use to assist you in case of an emergency, and to receive regular safety/security updates issued for residents in your host country while abroad. Americans residing abroad can also get routine information from the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Please do take the responsibility to register your stay abroad with the US State Department.


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STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS

Information regarding study abroad scholarships is also available on-line at http://www.uga.edu/oie/safinaid.htm

STARS WORK STIPENDS:

The Office of International Education is pleased to announce the Fall 2006 application deadline for STARS (Student Abroad with Regents Support) Work Stipends in support of UGA students planning to study abroad in Spring, Summer or Fall 2007 and during the 2007-2008 academic year.

--Application Deadline: Friday, August 25, 2006

--STARS Award: This is a work stipend where students work for 50 hours with the Office of International Education during the Fall 2006 semester and earn $500 toward the cost of your study abroad program.

--Eligibility: Any student who is planning to study abroad in the near future

--TO APPLY: Download the STARS application form to the OIE website at http://www.uga.edu/oie/sagensch.htm and submit to the Office of International Education. Additional application information about this and other scholarships is also available on-line.

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THE FREEMAN-ASIA AWARD SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM:

This scholarship is designed to support American undergraduates with demonstrated financial need who are planning on studying overseas in East or Southeast Asia. Freeman-ASIA Award Program grantees are expected to share their experiences with their home campuses to encourage study abroad in Asia by others, and to spread greater understanding of Asian peoples and cultures within their home communities. Since the launch of the program in 2000, the Freeman-ASIA Award Program has supported over 2,000 U.S. undergraduates with their study abroad plans in East and Southeast Asia.

--Eligibility: Spring Scholarships available for students who will study abroad for 10 weeks or more in Asia with a start date next December - April.

--Application Deadline: Application cycle opens September 7, 2005 for Spring Programs Endorsed application and signed Financial Need Validation Form must be received by Institute of International Education by 5:00 PM EST October 21, 2005.

--TO APPLY: Visit the Freeman-ASIA website at http://www.iie.org/programs/freeman-asia/

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GILMAN STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP (for Pell Grant Recipients):

--Award up to $5000.  Award amounts will vary depending on program length and student need.

--Eligibility:  Candidates must be U.S. citizens and undergraduates who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding
at 2-year or 4-year colleges and universities and are planning to study abroad this Spring 2007.

Gilman recipients are chosen by a competitive selection process and require students to develop a follow-up service
project at home campus/community after the study abroad program.

--TO APPLY:  Visit the Gilman Scholarship website at:

http://www.iie.org/programs/gilman/index.html

Deadline: September 26, 2006

--QUESTIONS?  If you have questions about your ideas for a service project or about the Gilman application process, please speak with a study
abroad advisor.


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APPLICATION DEADLINE - UGA EXCHANGE PROGRAMS - SEPT 15, 2006:

The Office of International Education will be accepting student applications on September 15 for Spring 2007 UGA Exchange Programs in Brazil, Chile, Ecuador, Finland, France, Germany, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, and the United Kingdom (England & Wales).

Exchange Programs offer the unique opportunity to directly enroll in classes with students from the host university, plus several host universities may also offer language and culture programs. Students abroad on UGA Exchange Programs pay in-state tuition and fees to UGA, housing fees to their host university, plus pay transportation costs to the exchange program destination. Students are eligible to keep HOPE and other UGA financial aid benefits while studying abroad through an exchange program.

--Application Deadline: September 15, 2006 for Spring 2007 programs
                                 (Fall 2007 Deadline is February 1)

--For Additional Information: Consult the UGA Programs List on-line at http://www.uga.edu/oie/saprograms.htm or

--Contact: Colleen Larson, Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Education, 203 Barrow Hall, E-mail [log in to unmask]

--TO SCHEDULE AN EXCHANGE ADVISING APPOINTMENT: Call the OIE Reception Desk at 706-542-7903


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THIS WEEK'S UGA-EXCHANGE PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT # 1 -- UNIVERSITY OF WALES-ABERYSTWYTH

Here's a great opportunity to study abroad in Wales, United Kingdom for the Spring 2006 Semester at the University of Wales - Aberystwyth.

The University of Wales, Aberystwyth provides an excellent opportunity for over 7,000 students to live and study in Wales and offers a wide range of subjects. Located in western Wales, along the Irish Sea, Aberystwyth is a beautiful place to study and offers plenty of things to do in your spare time such as exploring the sea front, harbor, downtown shops, restaurants, the arts/music scene or simply enjoying the amazing views. In addition, Aberystwyth has a flourishing range of societies for international students. These societies organize a range of events for the international community of students at Aberystwyth including cultural, social and sporting events.

Course Subjects include: Agriculture, Business, Animal Science, Art, Biological Sciences, Celtic Studies, Computer Science, English , Environmental Science, Film, Theatre & Television Studies, Geography, History & Welsh History, Political Science, Mathematics, Physics, Sport & Exercise Science, and Tourism Management.

--Application Deadline: September 15 for the Spring 2007 Program

--Dates of Program: Spring Semester January - June, Fall semester and full year options may also be available

--Host University Websites: http://www.aber.ac.uk and
Aberystwyth-North American Exchange Program Office: http://www.aber.ac.uk/english/exchange.html

--FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:

Dr. Elissa R. Henken, UGA Faculty Program Coordinator, Department of English, Park Hall, 542-9262, [log in to unmask]

and  Ms. Colleen Larson, Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Education, 203 Barrow Hall, 542-7903, [log in to unmask] 


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THIS WEEK'S UGA-EXCHANGE PROGRAM SPOTLIGHT # 2 --  UNIVERSITY OF HELSINKI

Study Abroad in Helsinki
, Finland for a semester or year at the University of Helsinki, a UGA Exchange Partner University.  Helsinki is a cosmopolitan, multicultural city, and also serves as Finland's government capital and center of culture and finance. As a port city along the Baltic Sea, Helsinki developed its city center around the harbor and offers students many opportunities to explore the city's 19th century architecture, museums, nature, outdoor sports, traditional finnish saunas, and the sea. 

The University of Helsinki provides an excellent opportunity for students to live and study in Scandinavia and 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: 
September 15 -  Spring 2007 Program  \ February 1 - Fall 2007 & Full Year Programs
UGA Exchange Partner:  University of Helsinki

Location: Helsinki
Host University Websites:  http://www.helsinki.fi/english/ and http://www.helsinki.fi/admissions/ohb/  and http://www.helsinki.fi/studying/index.html
Dates:  Study on exchange for one semester or full academic year  \  Fall:  August – December /   Spring:  February – May/June

Eligibility Requirements:  UGA student in good standing, 2.5 GPA.
Subjects Offered:  Wide variety of university subjects taught in English (plus Finnish and Swedish!) including Theology , Law,  International Area Studies,  Computer Science,  Ecology, Biology,  Economics, Development Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, Social Work, 

Housing:  Students live in university residence halls and off-campus student apartments arranged with assistance from the University of Helsinki.
Costs:  UGA students pay the in-state tuition and fees to the Office of International Education.  Room/board/books and other personal expenses are paid in Helsinki,  Finland. 
Students are responsible for making their own transportation arrangements to Helsinki.
For More Information Contact:  Colleen Larson, Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Education, 209 Barrow Hall, 542-7903, [log in to unmask]


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ATTENTION RETURNED STUDY ABROAD STUDENTS

STUDY ABROAD PEER ADVISOR PROGRAM:

Do you still want to talk about your study abroad experience? Need an interested audience for your study abroad stories and memories? Want to encourage other UGA students to study abroad?

The Office of International Education is looking for peer advisors for the 2006-2007 academic year. We have found that returned students are one of the best resources for encouraging more UGA students to study abroad. Peer advisors assist the study abroad staff by giving presentations about study abroad, leading discussions and serving on student panels. You can choose to participate in as many events as your schedule permits.

If you are interested in becoming a Study Abroad Peer Advisor, please contact Julie Escobedo at the Office of International Education, [log in to unmask] or 542-7903.


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INTERNATIONAL STUDENT LIFE COFFEE HOUR - FRIDAY, AUGUST 25 11:30 - 1:30 PM

This weeks coffee hour will be hosted by UGA Amnesty International and Liberation in North Korea (LINK)
 Friday, August 5,2006, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm in the
Memorial Hall Ballroom.  Free coffee, lemonade, food. Learn about Amnesty and LINK and Meet new students and welcome them to UGA!



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SCHOLARSHIPS & GRANTS FOR YOUNG LEADERS
Do Something Seeking Young Leaders for Scholarships & Grants

Do Something is seeking to honor six outstanding leaders age 18 and under and three outstanding leaders age 19 to 25 who have taken action
to strengthen their communities in the areas of community building, health, or the environment. 

Winners in the 18 and under category will receive a $5,000 scholarship and $5,000 community grant.  
Older winners will receive a $10,000 community grant.  Applications are due by October 25, 2006. 

For more information, and an application, go to http://www.dosomething.org/awards/brick/apply 

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Colleen P. Larson
Study Abroad Advisor
Office of International Education
203 Barrow Hall
University of Georgia      Athens, GA  30602

Tel: (706) 542-7903        Fax: (706) 542-6622
http://www.uga.edu/oie/