In this week's issue:
  1. STARS:  Extended deadline 9/14
  2. Study, Work and Travel Abroad Fair
  3. Study Abroad Scholarships
    --UGA Alumni Association Fellowship
  4. Peace Corps Info Table
  5. UGA Geology in Argentina Info Sessions
  6. Confused about signature forms?
  7. International Fun Fact--Japan


STARS Stipend°™Deadline extended!


The Office of International Education has several STARS (Study Abroad with Regent's Support) Stipends available in support of UGA students planning to study abroad in Spring 2008, Summer 2008, or Fall 2008/Spring 2009.

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

--Eligibility: Any student who is planning to study abroad in Spring 2008, Summer 2008, or Fall 2008/Spring 2009.  Students must be available to complete their STARS stipend hours during the Fall 2007 semester.

--NEW APPLICATION DEADLINE ®C Friday, September 14.

--TO APPLY: Download the STARS application form to the OIE website at and submit to the Office of International Education.




Oct. 3rd & 4th in Georgia Hall of the Tate Student Center from 10 a.m. to 3

p.m..  Get information about all the upcoming opportunities to work and

study abroad! Vendors from around the world will be there to answer

questions and help find the program that is right for you.  You don't want

to miss out!  This is a "drop-in" event so feel free to stop by both days, as there will be

different vendors in attendance each day.


For more information contact Kornelia Probst-Mackiowak at [log in to unmask] or

visit our website at


Study Abroad Scholarships


CET in Sicily


We are excited to announce additional scholarship opportunities for
students studying with CET in Sicily.  For students who apply to a 2008

program, $2000 - $4000 scholarships are now available based on need as
well as merit.  We are also offering a $2000 scholarship for CET
students who continue to a fall or spring term in Sicily and a $1000
scholarship for CET students who continue to a summer term in Sicily. 
CET's Mediterranean Studies in Sicily is based in Catania, a city with a
rich, ancient, Medieval and Baroque history.  It is an optimal site for

a study abroad experience, thanks to its warm weather, extensive
university resources and close proximity to other towns on the island
and mainland.  CET Sicily is particularly ideal for students who have at

least one or more semesters of Italian before participating in the
program.  Unlike most of Italy, Sicily is far removed from most American
study abroad programs and thus, lends itself to many immersion
  The program is well suited for students majoring or
minoring in art history, classical studies and/or Italian studies,
however students in all disciplines are welcome.  Elective courses are

offered in history, archaeology, philosophy, art and architecture,
Italian literature, culture and politics. Courses are taught in English
and Italian.  Students live in an Italian student dorm with Italian

dorm/suitemates in the heart of Catania, with a host family or in
apartments throughout the city. 

For more information about CET's programs and scholarship opportunities,

please see our website at or contact Katie

Smithson Burch at [log in to unmask] or 1-800-225-4262
ext. 7356.




Awarded to selected UGA undergraduates attending a UGA-sponsored study abroad or exchange program for one semester (Fall or Spring) or full academic year.   Award is up to $3000.


Eligibility:  3.0 minimum GPA, must not have previously studied abroad for academic credit at the university level, students must have completed at least one full semester at UGA prior to application and have at least one semester to complete at UGA upon return.


Application Deadline:  October 5, 2007 (for Spring 2008 programs)


To Apply:  Visit for the application and required attachments.





Minimum $500 scholarship for UGA undergraduates attending a UGA or External study abroad or Exchange program.


Eligibility:  3.0 minimum GPA.  Preference given for academic merit, applicants from under-represented student groups in study abroad, participation in programs with language/cultural immersion component or located in an under-represented geographic region ( i.e. outside Western Europe).  All students are encouraged to apply.


Application Deadline:  October 12, 2007


To apply:  Visit   for application and essay requirements.







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 6, 2006 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 18, 2006*.


--TO APPLY: Visit the Freeman-ASIA website at




Spring 2008 Application Now Open - Deadline: October 9, 2007

Apply now at



This year the Gilman International Scholarship Program will provide 850

scholarships of up to $5,000 for U.S. undergraduate students to study

abroad for up to one academic year.  The program aims to diversify the

kinds of student who study abroad and the countries and regions where

they go.  The program serves students who have been under-represented in

study abroad which includes but is not limited to: students with high

financial need, community college students, students in

under-represented fields such as the sciences and engineering, students

from diverse ethnic backgrounds, students attending minority-serving

institutions, and students with disabilities. The Gilman Program seeks

to assist students from a diverse range and type of two-year and

four-year public and private institutions from all 50 states.


A limited number of $3000 Critical Need Language Supplements are

available for students studying a critical need language for a total

possible award of $8000.  A list of eligible languages can be found on

the Gilman website at


Eligibility: Students must be receiving a Federal Pell Grant at the time

of application and cannot be studying abroad in a country currently

under a U.S. Department of State Travel Warning or in Cuba.


The Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S.

Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and

administered by the Institute of International Education.


For more information, full eligibility criteria and the online

application visit:  


Contact for Applicants: Lindsay Calvert

email: [log in to unmask]

Phone: 713.621.6300, ext 25




The Fulbright Program for U.S. students provides scholarships for recent graduates and graduate students to conduct research or to teach English overseas.

Applications are now available online for 2008-09.

--UGA CAMPUS APPLICATION DEADLINE:      September 24, 2007

--TO APPLY:   UGA students interested in applying should consult the Fulbright website ( <>)and contact Dr. Elliott-Gower, Student Fulbright Campus Representative, at [log in to unmask] <mailto:[log in to unmask] >.


Are you interested in the Peace Corps?


There will be a Peace Corps information table at the SLC (in front of Jittery Joe's) on Thursday, September 13 from 11am-3pm and in Tate Plaza on Tuesday, September 18 from 11am-3pm.   A representative will be available for questions.




UGA GEOLOGY IN ARGENTINA Fall Information Sessions

"For students with a passion for the outdoors".

            Learn about this unique opportunity to study and travel along 4,000 miles of Argentina's most beautiful and rarely visited places in the Andes.

            Emphasis of the program rests on the impact of the exploration, exploitation and use of Earth Resources. No pre-requisites. Chose from core courses that satisfy Environmental Literacy or upper division elective science credit courses. Taught mostly in the field, open to students in any discipline.

            Upcoming Information Sessions:

*Monday September 24, Departmental Information table, Jittery Joe's Cafeteria at the SLC, 9:00 AM -3:00 PM.

*Tuesday September 25, Departmental Information table, Jittery Joe's Cafeteria at the SLC, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM.

Students and friends are welcome. Visit the program's website at:


°§         See us at the  UGA Study, Work and Travel Abroad Fair on October 3!







--If you have a Study Abroad Signature Form from another

university/program provider, a Study Abroad Advisor would be

happy to review your form and sign it for you.

However, depending on the information your program sponsor

asks the OIE to certify, we may need additional information

before we can sign your Signature Form (i.e. academic

standing at UGA (including GPA, rank, etc.) and/or the

status of judicial/disciplinary and academic honesty records.


--If your Study Abroad Signature Form requires this

information, please request what UGA calls "Deans


To begin, sign your signature form (if needed) and make a

request for "Dean's Certification" at the UGA Office of

Judicial Programs, 130 Memorial Hall.

To complete the process, Judicial Programs will route your

Study Abroad Signature Form through the Office of the Vice

President of Instruction (for academic honesty status) and

the Registrar's Office (for academic standing

certification).  You may request that your Study Abroad Form

be forwarded to us in the Office of International Education

or directly to you.


The full process typically takes approximately 1 week to 10

days - Walk-through requests are generally not possible.


Dean's Certification Form available at



--Once the OIE receives your Study Abroad Signature Form

with attached Dean's Certification Information, a Study

Abroad Advisor will review and sign, plus notify you when

you can collect your Study Abroad Form at the Office of

International Education.

In addition, remember that you are required to complete the

UGA Study Abroad Credit Approval Form (CAF) prior to your

departure.  The CAF will help you keep your student status

at UGA, HOPE and other financial aid while studying abroad,

plus determine - in advance - how your study abroad credits

will transfer to UGA.  (UNO-Innsbruck program participants

should use the UNO-Specific CAF)


--The Credit Approval Form (CAF) should be complete and

submitted to the OIE no later than 3 weeks before your

program date.

CAFs are available on-line at:


CAFs are also available from the OIE Reception Desk or the

Study Abroad Library. 


--Transcripts:  Your Study Abroad Program Transcript should

be sent to UGA in care of:

Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 212 Terrell Hall,

University of Georgia, Athens, GA  30602-0023


--Travel & Health/Safety Tips:  Important information and

web links regarding health, safety, study abroad insurance

and visas/passports is available on-line at



International Fun Fact




Sumo , is a competitive contact sport in Japan where two wrestlers called rikishi face off in a circular area. The sport is popular in Japan and is surrounded by ceremony and ritual. The Japanese consider sumo a gendai bud®≠: a modern Japanese martial art, even though the sport has a history spanning many centuries.

Rikishi are not normally allowed to eat breakfast and are expected to have a nap after a large lunch. The most common type of lunch served is the traditional "sumo meal" of chankonabe which consists of a simmering stew cooked at table which contains various fish, meat, and vegetables. It is usually eaten with rice and washed down with beer. This regimen of no breakfast followed by a large lunch helps rikishi put on weight so as to compete more effectively. A nap after lunch also assists in this process.



Monica Catalano
Study Abroad Graduate Assistant
University of Georgia