Thank you to everyone that attended the 2007 Study, Work and Travel Abroad Fair.  We had a huge turnout of over 2,400 students and 100 exhibitors!
In this week's issue:


1.       International Photo Contest – Now accepting entries!

2.       Matador Traverse Awards College Series

3.       Study Abroad Scholarships:  NSEP, Schaefer, Freeman-Asia, UGA Foundation

4.       Student Diplomat Essay Competition

5.       Let's Get R.E.A.L.:  An Intercultural Dialogue Series

6.       International Fun Fact




International Photo Contest:   The World in Pictures



The photo contest is open to all UGA students who have lived, studied, worked, or traveled outside the United States and international students currently studying at UGA.

New for 2007—Submit photos electronically!!                   

-- RULES:  U.S. student must submit photos from an experience outside the U.S.; international students may submit photos from their home country or an international travel destination.   * Each student may enter up to 3 photos.

-- DEADLINE:   5:00 PM on October 29th

-- TO ENTER:   Use the Photo Entry Form available on the OIE website at Please follow directions carefully!

--JUDGING: * Photos will be judged in three categories:

Landscape: a photograph that exhibits artistic quality in a natural setting (may also include people or animals)
People & Culture: a photograph that communicates a cross-cultural experience
New Perspective: a photograph that demonstrates a new way of thinking or seeing the world.

Fabulous prizes awarded at the International Education Week Celebration on Thursday, November 15 from 6-9 pm in GA Hall of the Tate Student Center.

Questions?  Contact Monica Catalano at [log in to unmask]



Matador Traverse Awards College Series


Matador ( is a free, grassroots, online travel community that connects passionate people and organizations around the world. It's a place to share stories and photos, meet people where you live or in places you're going, obtain info and advice from experts, seek paid writing and photography assignments, collaborate with local organizations, and get inspired by stories of innovators, sustainability, travel, place, and culture.

Although we're only in our first year, we've quickly established a solid network of talented individuals, many of whom are recent college graduates. As various filmmakers, editors from other magazines, and other professionals also form part of our community, several individuals have landed production jobs, staff positions at magazines, and helped launch freelance careers after first publishing stories and photography at Matador.

In the weeks ahead we will be hosting the Matador Fall 2007 Traverse Awards College series, a two-month writing and photography contest for college students. Beginning October 15th and running through December 10th, each two-week period presents a specific objective for students to examine the theme of community as it pertains to travel and place. Winning entries, along with selected honorable mentions will be selected and published in Traverse, Matador's online magazine, and/or on Entering the contest is free, and each winning author receives $100. For details, check the link.






National Security Education Program-David L. Boren Scholarships provide 
opportunities for 
U.S. undergraduate students to learn less commonly 
taught languages (such as Arabic, Russian, Mandarin, Hindi/Urdu, and 
Persian/Farsi) while studying, for terms ranging from a summer (for 

freshmen and sophomores) to a full academic year, in regions of the 
world critical to U.S
. interests but underrepresented in study abroad. 
Preference is given to applicants wishing to study overseas for a full 
academic year.

Applicants should still be undergraduates at the time their proposed 
program of study abroad finishes.

A service requirement stipulates that an NSEP awardee work in the 
federal government in a position with national security responsibilities 

-- typically for a period of one year. The Departments of Defense, 
Homeland Security, State, or any element of the Intelligence Community 
are priority agencies

The internal deadline for applications is January 22, 2008; campus 
interviews are February 5, 2008; and the external deadline is February 

12, 2008. More information, including the online application, can be 
found at and from UGA's NSEP Campus Representative, Dr. 

Steven Elliott-Gower ([log in to unmask]
 or 706-542-2649).






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



UGA Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship


The Office of International Education is pleased to announce a NEW study abroad scholarship opportunity for UGA students studying abroad this Spring 2008 on a UGA sponsored study abroad or UGA exchange program for a full semester or longer! 

See scholarship information and application details, including deadline, below. 

UGA FOUNDATION STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIP (excluding UGA Costa Rica and UGA at Oxford participants)

Spring 2008 Application Deadline:     October 12, 2007,  5:00 pm

Application may be downloaded from  the OIE General Scholarship Website at:

Deserving UGA undergraduates, participating in a UGA-sponsored study abroad or exchange program for one semester (Fall or Spring) or full academic year, will be designated as University of Georgia Foundation Study Abroad Scholars and awarded scholarships ($500 and up) in support of his/her upcoming study abroad program.

These University of Georgia Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship funds are supported and provided through the University of Georgia Foundation Incentive Scholarship Program.

Eligibility Requirements:

--2.50 minimum GPA required.
--Must not have previously studied abroad for academic credit at the university level.
--Award based on demonstrated financial need, strong personal recommendation, essays, academic merit, and overall application.   
--Scholarship recipients must commit to work with the Office of International Education and/or Study Abroad Program Director (as determined by the OIE) and
  provide a minimum of 10 hours of volunteer service during the semester of return to the UGA campus, promoting study abroad and sharing his/her experience
  with others.

--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.  (i.e. scholarship cannot be used for the last semester of your degree program in order to participate in post-study abroad service activities).
NOTE: UGA Costa Rica and UGA at Oxford applicants must instead apply for the UGA Foundation Scholarship directly with those study abroad program directors following separate specific application procedures and deadlines.  Contact the UGA Costa Rica and/or UGA at Oxford Program Offices for more information.



Student Diplomat Essay Competition


NAFSA:  Association of International Educators and Abroad View are joining together to host an essay competition for your chance to become the next Student Diplomat.  Please send your essay showing how your study abroad experience has changed you as an individual and as an American, contributed to global mutual understanding, and further shaped your worldview.


For contest rules and information, please visit


Deadline for entries:   November 15, 2007


PRIZES:  The winner will be awarded a cash prize of $150 and an STA Travel voucher worth $300.  Essays should be 1,000 to 1,400 words.


Email your essay to [log in to unmask]



Let's Get R.E.A.L.


R.E.A.L Talks:   Hosted by the Department of Intercultural Affairs


Upcoming Talk:


Why are we laughing?

Ethnic Humor and its Effect on Society

October 23, 2007 from 6-8 pm in Tate Reception



International Fun Fact


Have you ever heard of Eritrea?


Eritrea is a country situated in northern East Africa. It is bordered by Sudan in the west, Ethiopia in the south, and Djibouti in the southeast. The east and northeast of the country have an extensive coastline on the Red Sea, directly across from Saudi Arabia and Yemen.  The country is virtually bisected by one of the world's longest mountain ranges, the Great Rift Valley, with fertile lands to the west and the descent to desert in the East. Off the sandy and arid coastline is situated the Dahlak Archipelago and its fishing grounds. The land to the south, in the highlands, is slightly drier and cooler.


Monica Catalano
Study Abroad Graduate Assistant
University of Georgia