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Dear Students Interested in Study Abroad:

Here are the weekly announcements for students interested in study abroad. We had a great study abroad fair last week—-many thanks to all our fabulous student volunteers!

***This week’s BIG NEWS is the official kick-off of the 2009 International Photo Contest! ***

This year’s contest features all new photo categories and the first-ever video contest! Visit the official contest webpage for more information at: http://www.uga.edu/oie/pc_contest.htm

2009 PHOTO & VIDEO CONTEST QUICK FACTS:
- Deadline: 5:00 pm, EST on Friday, October 30, 2009.
- Winners Announced during International Education Week: Friday, November 20th, 2009 at International Coffee Hour in Memorial Hall Ballroom, 11:30 am - 1:30 pm. Prizes, a silent auction, food, and a chance to cast your vote in the People's Choice photo award. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prize to each photo category. A grand prize to the winning video.
- Eligibility: The 2009 Photo & Video Contest is open to all UGA students who are currently studying abroad, or have recently studied, traveled, or worked abroad, and all international students who are currently enrolled at UGA.
-2009 Categories:
1. Student Engagement  2. Creative Expression  3. Study Abroad Video


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In this week’s message…

OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT STUDYING ABROAD:
1. Office of International Education Closed on Monday, 10/19
2. European Council of the University System of GA announces its Summer Study Abroad Programs
3. Walk-in Advising in Memorial Hall: every Tuesday & Friday afternoon
4. Options Abroad Info Sessions in the Office of Study Abroad (offered 3 days a week)
5. Social Issues Maymester in Northern Ireland-running in 2010!
6. International Lawn Games & Learn about Camp Counselors Russia Study Abroad, 10/7
7. Costa Rica Info Session: Language and Culture Service-Learning, 10/8
8. Study Abroad Peer Advisor Panel:  learn about various types of study abroad programs, 10/14

STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS:
9. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Deadline: 10/6
10. Bridging Scholarship for studies in Japan, Deadline: 10/6
11. UGA Alumni Association Study Abroad Fellowship, Deadline: 10/9
12. Academic Programs International (API) scholarships, Deadline: 10/16
13. Elizabeth Suzanne Shaefer Scholarship, Deadline 10/20
14. Spring Semester Abroad Scholarship for Costa Rica’s Earth University (UGA Undergrads), Deadline: 10/30
15. Get Paid for your Stories and Photos from Abroad: Glimpse Correspondents Program, Deadline 11/1
16. Zeta Phi Beta Deborah Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship: Accepting applications now through Feb 1, 2010.

INTERNATIONAL HAPPENINGS AROUND UGA:
17. Global Leadership Institute Program: 10/6, 10/13, 10/22
18. MOVIE SHOWING: Lumo, 10/6
19. Film: Linha de Passe (Brasil): 10/6
20. Latino Advisory Board Faculty/Staff – Student Mixer, 10/6
21. APERO Africana Brown Bag Lecture, 10/7
22. Film: Balseros, 10/7
23. U.S. Policy in the Middle East, 10/8
24. International COFFEE HOUR 10/9
25. Visiting Artist Master Class and Performance: Shujaat Husain Khan, 10/9 & 10/10
26. Performance: Sejong Orchestra with Orli Shaham, piano, 10/10
27. Film: Madeinusa (2006) Peru. 10/13
28. Study Abroad Program Evaluations
29. Unsubscribe yourself from SISA-L

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OPPORTUNITIES TO LEARN ABOUT STUDY ABROAD:
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1. Please make a note that the Office of International Education will be out of the office for the entire day of Monday, October 19th, 2009

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2.   European Council of the University System of GA announces its Summer Study Abroad Programs

Available to students from throughout Georgia.

The European Council sponsors large summer study programs for USG students in major locations in Europe, including St. Petersburg, Bonn, Madrid, Paris, Waterford and London. In courses taught largely by faculty from USG colleges and universities, students blend classroom experiences with group and individual travel as they earn academic credit at their home institutions. These programs bring together students and faculty from across Georgia to share in four or five week intensive learning and travel ventures.

Visit the website for all program brochures and complete information: www.valdosta.edu/europeancouncil and contact Kornelia Mackowiak, Study Abroad Coordinator, here at UGA with any questions:  [log in to unmask]

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3.  Walk-in Advising with a Study Abroad Representative in Memorial Hall:

Are you interested in studying, working, or volunteering abroad? If so, you can stop by Memorial Hall on Tuesdays and Fridays between 1:30-5:00pm to meet with a study abroad representatives. No appointment is necessary these are walk-in sessions! The study abroad representatives will be in Memorial Hall, Room 233 (in the ICA Department suite). You can also schedule an appointment to meet with a study abroad advisor at their main location downtown at the Bank of America Building.

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4. Options Abroad Info Sessions in the Office of Study Abroad (offered 3 days a week)

In these 50-minute information sessions, a study abroad Advisor in the Office of Study Abroad will explain the basics of finding a study abroad program, using the resources in our study abroad library, the process of transferring credit from an external study abroad program, financial aid and scholarships for study abroad, health and insurance, basic travel information, information on working, volunteering, or interning abroad, and SISA, the study abroad listserv.

The sessions are held three times a week in 303 Bank of America Building, 110 E. Clayton St. Visit our website for more information. http://www.uga.edu/oie/sa_info_session.htm
Students must sign up in advance as space is limited.

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5. Social Issues Maymester in Northern Ireland-running in 2010!

Who:   Undergraduate and Graduate students of all departments
            (preference given to social  work students)
What:  Social Issues in Northern Ireland

o   Trauma Recovery
o   Conflict Resolution
o   Community Building

When:  Maymester 2010.

Approx. 2  weeks in Northern Ireland plus one 3 hour class session before the trip

Where: Belfast, Ballycastle, Derry, Strabanne, Omagh, Giant's Causeway and more

Cost:    Approximately $2300 plus airfare and tuition

Credit:  3 credit hours. Students have the option to earn an additional 3 hours for a service-learning project or other independent study as agreed upon with professor.

Contact:          Dr. Nancy R. Williams, 706 542-3938,  [log in to unmask]

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6. International Lawn Games & Learn about Camp Counselors Russia Study Abroad, 10/7

Sponsored by Camp Counselors Russia Study Abroad. Play the ancient Russian game of Gorodki, the Italian game of Bocci and croquet. Also receive Information about the Camp Counselors Russia Study Abroad Program. 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Ramsey Student Center Courtyard (by the Rec Pool). Contact: 706-542-4332, www.uga.edu/russiacamps, [log in to unmask]

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7. Costa Rica Info Session: Language and Culture Service-Learning, 10/8

Sponsored by UGA Costa Rica. Quint Newcomer, director of UGA Costa Rica, and Paula Mellom, UGA center for Latino achievement and success in education, give a presentation on the Summer 2010 Costa Rica study abroad program entitled 'Language & Culture Service-Learning.' 15 minute Latin dance lesson to precede info session. 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 213 Miller Learning Center. Contact: 706-425-3316, [log in to unmask]

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8. Study Abroad Peer Advisor Panel:  learn about various types of study abroad programs, 10/14
5pm-7pm, Journalism Building Room 501

Come learn about the experiences of students who have studied abroad through various types of programs and in different regions of the world.  Students will share their personal experiences and discuss the benefits, expectations and preparations for their study abroad programs.


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STUDY ABROAD SCHOLARSHIPS:
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9. Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program: Deadline Oct 6.

Earn up to $8000 for study abroad (for U.S. citizens who are receiving federal Pell Grant funding, and who will be studying abroad for at least 28 days in one country): Awards are for up to $5000 plus a possible additional Award for Critical Language Study. Students who receive the Gilman Scholarship to study abroad are eligible for an additional $3,000 Critical Need Language Supplement from the Gilman Program for a total possible award of up to $8,000. 50 Critical Need Language Supplements were offered to Gilman Scholarship recipients during the 2008-2009 academic year. Critical Need Languages include: Arabic, Chinese, Turkic languages, Persian, Indic languages, Korean, Russian

The Gilman Scholarship Program seeks to diversify the kinds of undergraduates who study abroad and the countries and regions where they go. Specifically, the Gilman Program offers scholarships for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in education abroad.

Spring 2010 & Summer 2010 Applications (for programs beginning between December 15, 2009 and April 15, 2010): Online applications opened on August 20th. Student Deadline to apply online is October 6th. The Gilman Scholarship Program is piloting a special summer award cycle for students participating in summer 2010 study abroad programs.  To be eligible applicants must meet all of the criteria listed above and must be majoring in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM) field.  This pilot cycle for summer 2010 is only open to students in the STEM fields who meet the criteria listed above.

The Fall 2010 application cycle will open in February 2010, with an April 2010 deadline.

The Gilman staff will lead a series of discussions focused on various application topics in a webinar format. Webinars are conferences conducted via the internet, designed to bring live web interaction between presenters and the audience. We will cover the following topics:
•     Walk Through the Application Process: How to Apply (students). August 25, 2009 & September 29, 2009
•     Program Overview: What is the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program?  September 8, 2009
•     Composing a Successful Statement of Purpose & Follow-On Project Essay. August 1, 2009 & September 22, 2009

Visit the website to get more information and apply!!!!!     http://www.iie.org/gilman
This program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Institute of International Education.

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10. Bridging Scholarship for studies in Japan: Deadline 10/6

Recipients of Bridging Scholarships will receive stipends of $2,500 or $4,000, depending on the length of their study program in Japan.

The Bridging Scholarship program will award 20 scholarships to American students participating in study-abroad programs in Japan that begin in Spring 2010. Undergraduate students majoring in any field of study and attending any recognized exchange or independent program in Japan are eligible to apply for these scholarships.

Spring 2010 programs are those beginning between January and April 2010 and continuing for at least three months. (Summer program participants are not eligible for Bridging Scholarships.) Students planning to study abroad in Japan beginning in Fall 2010 or for the 2010-2011 academic year should apply in April 2010 for the Fall 2010 scholarships.

The deadline for applications for Spring 2010 scholarships is October 6, 2009. Applicants will be notified of the results by November 25. Selection will be based on academic potential and financial need. The  scholarships are administered by the Association of Teachers of  Japanese.

Information on the Bridging scholarships and downloadable application forms are available at
http://www.colorado.edu/ealld/atj/Bridging/scholarships.html

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11.  UGA Alumni Association Study Abroad Fellowship, Deadline 10/9.

For UGA undergraduates attending a semester/full-year UGA-sponsored study abroad or exchange program. 3.0 minimum GPA. Have at least 1 semester remaining at UGA after program. Fall and Spring deadlines each year. Awards are up to $3000. For an application, visit the UGA Office of International Education website, and scroll to the bottom of the page: http://www.uga.edu/oie/sa_scholarship_general.htm

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12. Academic Programs International (API) program scholarships: Deadline: 10/16

Academic Programs International*   runs study abroad programs to destinations that include locations in Spain, Italy, Mexico, France, Ireland, Hungary and Poland. API awards approximately $250,000 in scholarship money annually ranging from $250-$1,000 per student! You may download a scholarship form from our website. The requirements are as follows:
1.      The student must have applied to and been accepted on an API program.
2.      The student must obtain one additional letter of recommendation (in addition to the one required for the API application) from a professor or an assistant professor (for a total of 2 letters).
3.      The student must submit two essays:
o       A one-page essay about the current political situation in the country for which you are applying.
o       A one-page personal essay stating your goals for studying abroad, and any financial needs, financial aid status, or special circumstances about which you would like API to know.
4.      Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 (B) or higher in order to apply.
5.      Scholarship application deadlines:
For Fall/Year: June 10
For Spring: October 15
For Summer: April 1

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13. Elizabeth Suzanne Schaefer Scholarship, Deadline 10/20

Only for UGA undergraduates attending External or UGA-sponsored study abroad or exchange program. 3.0 minimum GPA. Application includes an essay describing your educational goals and how study abroad will complement your studies at UGA.

For complete information and an on-line application, go to the UGA OIE Study Abroad webpage and scroll down to the link for the Schaefer scholarship:
http://www.uga.edu/oie/sa_scholarship_general.htm

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14. SPRING SEMESTER ABROAD TO COSTA RICA'S EARTH UNIVERSITY: Scholarship Opportunity for UGA Undergraduate. Deadline 10/30

Since 1998, the UGA Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute (LACSI) has carried out a student internship program with Costa Rica's EARTH University (Escuela de Agricultura de la Región Tropical Húmeda), bringing in that span over a dozen EARTH students to UGA and providing occasional internship opportunities and exchanges for UGA students and faculty. EARTH University, located in Guácimo, Limón, Costa Rica is a private, international, non-profit university which offers an undergraduate program leading to a licenciatura degree in agricultural sciences and the rational use of natural resources.  EARTH University was created out of a conviction that the environmental and social challenges confronting the planet can be resolved through education that promotes science, technology and entrepreneurship while focusing on essential human values, leadership and a commitment to social and environmental service.  Their website is: http://www.earth.ac.cr/ing/index.php
For spring semester 2010, LACSI will provide a scholarship to send one highly qualified, advanced Spanish proficiency UGA undergraduate student to EARTH University to take courses for academic credit.  The scholarship will cover the student's roundtrip airfare and living expenses during their tenure at EARTH University. The spring semester at EARTH University begins on January 18, 2010. The selected student will work with the UGA Office of International Education's study abroad staff to get pre-departure course credit transfer approvals initiated.

If this scholarship interests you, please send 1) a letter expressing how a semester at EARTH University would further your academic goals and 2) a copy of your most recent transcripts to Mr. Paul Duncan, Assistant Director, Latin American & Caribbean Studies Institute, 290 South Hull Street, Athens, GA 30602.  Deadline for submission of the letter and transcripts is Friday, October 30, 2009.
Sample EARTH University courses available in spring 2010 include: Cultivos Trópicales, Manejo de Plagas (Entomología), Manejo de Plagas (Malezas), Introducción a la Realidad Latinoamericana, Procesos Fisiológicos y Sistemas Poscosecha, Sistemas Agropecuarios Sostenibles, Propiedades de los Suelos del Trópico, Silvicultura Tropical, Ecología, Procesamiento de Alimentos, Riego y Drenaje, Economía, Política y el Ambiente, Mercadeo y Comercio Internacional, Cultivo de Banano, Nutrición Animal, Fruticultura, Plantas Ornamentales.

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15. GET PAID FOR YOUR STORIES AND PHOTOS FROM ABROAD: STIPEND FOR WRITERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS STUDYING, VOLUNTEERING, OR WORKING ABROAD: Deadline: 11/1

It is with great pleasure that we announce the application cycle for the Spring 2010 Glimpse Correspondents Program! Supported in part by National Geographic Society, the Correspondents Program is for especially talented study abroad students specializing in writing or photography. Correspondents receive a $600 stipend, a professional editor, career training in writing and photography, guaranteed publication on Glimpse.org, and potential publication in National Geographic platforms.

The online application is now open and is due Nov. 1.

If you are unfamiliar with the program, click here to watch the introductory video and learn more:  http://glimpse.org/correspondents/

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16. Zeta Phi Beta Deborah Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship: Accepting applications now through Feb 1, 2010.

Available to graduate or undergraduate United States students studying abroad and/or graduate or undergraduate foreign students studying within. Awarded for full-time study for one academic year (Fall-Spring). Amount varies from $500 to $1,000 paid directly to recipient. Documented proof of academic study and plan of program must be sent to the Scholarship Chairperson with signature of school administrator or Program Director.

**** APPLICATION PROCEDURE ****
Copies of the scholarship application form may be accessed electronically via the following websites:
www.ZPBNEF1975.org or www.ZphiB1920.org or
ALL APPLICATIONS MUST BE ACCOMPANIED BY:
Three letters of recommendation (from a College Professor or High School Teacher, a Minister or Community Leader, and Other); An official University/High School Transcript; An essay of 150 words or more. Include information about yourself, your educational goals and professional
aspirations. How can this award help you to achieve these goals? Why should you receive this award? Award recipients, only, will be notified, no later than August 15, of the Foundation's actions.


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INTERNATIONAL HAPPENINGS AROUND UGA:
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17. Global Leadership Institute Program: 10/6, 10/13, 10/22

October 6, 2009 Tate 137 from 7pm till 8:30pm

The International Student Life Office would like to invite you to participate in the Global Leadership Institute program.

This program is a series (4) of internationally-focused seminars that facilitate opportunities for students to enhance a variety of global competencies.

Global Leadership
October 6, 2009 Tate 137 from 7pm till 8:30pm

Creating Change in the 21st Century
October 13, 2009 Tate 137 from 7pm till 8:30pm

Building an International Resume in Athens and Abroad
October 22, 2009 Tate 137 from 7pm till 8:30pm

These program inform cultural awareness, promote diversity appreciation, and actively advance student engagement in the international community. GLI is open to all UGA students and is also free to attend; those who attend three of the four seminars will be recognized with a certificate of completion.

Students are not required to register for any of the programs. For further information please call the ISL office at (706) 542-5867.

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18. MOVIE SHOWING: Lumo, 10/6

-Miller Learning Center, Rm. 170
-6:00pm
-Blue Card Event
-Sponsored by Amnesty International

Lumo is a feature-length documentary about a young Congolese woman on an uncertain path to recovery at a unique hospital for rape survivors.

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19. Film: Linha de Passe (2008) Brasil , 10/6

Sponsored by Romance Languages Lecture Fund and LASCI. Set in Sao Paulo, Brazil in a state of emergency, this film tells the story of four brothers try to reinvent themselves in different ways. New Looks on Latin American Cinema film series. In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. 6:30 p.m. Tate Student Center Theater. Tuesdays through Oct. 27. Contact: 706-254-3042, [log in to unmask]

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20. *Latino Advisory Board is hosting a Faculty/Staff – Student Mixer 10/6

Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Time: 4-6pm
Place: Miller Learning Center Reading Room (3rd floor).
Refreshments will be provided. RSVP to [log in to unmask]

*In an effort to build stronger connections between UGA faculty & staff
and current UGA students, the Latino Advisory Board of the Office of the
Vice President for Public Service and Outreach is hosting a faculty/staff—student mixer sponsored by the Hispanic Scholarship Fund. All interested faculty, staff, and students are invited:

An internal interest group of faculty, staff, and students established
in 2004, the Latino Advisory Board (LAB) focuses on issues in Georgia’s
Latino community and UGA’s Latino community related to teaching,
research, and outreach programs and activities.

The Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF) is the nation's leading Hispanic
scholarship organization, providing the Hispanic and other underserved
communities more college scholarships and educational outreach support
than any other organization in the country.

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21. APERO Africana Brown Bag Lecture, 10/7

‘The 369th Regiment—The Heroic Harlem Hellfighters.' Sponsored by Institute for African American Studies, African Studies Institute, African American Cultural Center. Speaker: John Morrow, history. 12:15 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. African American Cultural Center, Fourth Floor Memorial Hall. Contact: [log in to unmask]

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22. Film: Balseros, 10/7

Film: Balseros (2002). Sponsored by the Georgia Museum of Art and the Center for Latin American & Caribbean Studies. Introduction by Miguel Vicente, director of library services at Commerce Public Library. Documentary film tells the story of seven rafters, or “balseros,” who left Cuba in 1994 and resettled in the U.S. through the help of Catholic Charities. Filmed over a period of seven years. Spanish with English subtitles (120 minutes). Latin American Film Series. 7:00 p.m. 150 Miller Learning Center. Contact: 706-542-4662, www.uga.edu/gamuseum, [log in to unmask]

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23. U.S. Policy in the Middle East, 10/8

TWO chances to hear Ann Wright, Retired U.S. Army Colonel & U.S. Diplomat, Anti-War Speaker, Activist, & Author

“U.S. POLICY IN AFGHANISTAN”
ATHENS CLARKE COUNTY LIBRARY
2025 BAXTER ST. ATHENS 30606
NOON- 1:30 PM

“U.S. POLICY IN PALESTINE/ISRAEL”
PRESBYTERIAN STUDENT CENTER
1250 S. LUMPKIN ST. ATHENS  30605
7-8:30 PM

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24. International COFFEE HOUR 10/9

Don't miss Coffee Hour this Friday, September 25th from 11:30-1:30pm. Stop by the Memorial Hall, Ballroom for refreshments, music, and great conversation! This program is open to everyone. For more information contact the International Student Life office at 542-5867.

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25. Visiting Artist Master Class and Performance: Shujaat Husain Khan, 10/9 & 10/10

Sponsored by the Hugh Hodgson School of Music and Franklin College of Arts and Sciences. The Gordhan L. and Virginia B. 'Jinx' Patel Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Indian Musical Arts, Khan is a North Indian Classical musician who belongs to the Imdad Khan gharana (tradition) of the sitar. Master Class: Oct. 9. Performance: Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. in Hugh Hodgson Concert Hall, Hugh Hodgson School of Music. A post-concert reception will follow on the third floor of the adjacent Lamar Dodd School of Art building. Through Sunday, October 11, 2009. Contact: 706-542-1168, [log in to unmask] For more information on Khan, visit www.shujaatkhan.com/

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26. Performance: Sejong Orchestra with Orli Shaham, piano, 10/10

Sponsored by UGA Performing Arts Center. Conductor-less string orchestra (formerly International Sejong Soloists) features 14 individually distinguished solo and chamber musicians hailing from eight different nations: Australia, Canada, China, Germany, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, and the United States. $25; $30. 8:00 p.m. Hodgson Concert Hall. Contact: 706-542-4400

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27. Film: Madeinusa (2006) Peru. 10/13
Sponsored by the Romance Languages Lecture Fund and LASCI. This film centers around Madeinusa, a sweet girl who lives in an isolated religiously zealous village in mountainous Peru. Everything changes when a geologist from Lima arrives and unknowingly reshapes Madeinusa's destiny. New Looks on Latin American Cinema film series. In conjunction with Hispanic Heritage Month. 6:30 p.m. Tate Student Center Theater. Tuesdays through Oct. 27. Contact: 706-254-3042, [log in to unmask]

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28.  STUDY ABROAD STUDENT EVALUATIONS

Have you recently returned from a Study Abroad program? We would love to know more about your experiences abroad!

Visit http://www.uga.edu/oie/sa_re_eva.htm to fill out an evaluation and have your comments posted in the OIE Study Abroad Library!  Thank you!

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Lila Grisar
Graduate Assistant
Office of Study Abroad
University of Georgia

**Thank you for visiting the Study Abroad Office- We would enjoy
feedback from you since your recent visit to our office.
Please take a moment to fill out our online evaluation at this link:
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