Dear Students Interested in Study Abroad:

This week…

Get ready to find out who this year’s winters are for the 2009 photo and video contest! The awards ceremony is November 20th, at coffee hour in Memorial Hall ballroom (see event details below in item # 13).

Over 200 photos were submitted for competition this year, and ten videos were entered in the Office of International Education’s first video competition.

Judges scores are being tallied as you read this! This year’s judges include UGA Study Abroad Peer Advisors, International Scholars, Staff from the Office of International Education as well local photographers. Meet the judges at our website:

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In this week’s message…

1. UGA Studies Abroad in the South Pacific & Caribbean: Info Session 11/18
2. UGA Croatia Maymester Info. Meeting: 11/17
3. 2010 Thai Sustainable Service-Learning Program, NEW! Info Session 11/18
4. Germany Exchange Opportunity after graduation! Deadline: 12/1
5. UGA-Exchange Program Spotlight: University of Sydney, Australia, Applications due 2/1
6. Walk-in Advising in Memorial Hall: every Tuesday & Friday afternoon
7. Options Abroad Info Sessions in the Office of Study Abroad (offered 3 days a week)

8. Boren Awards for International Study, Campus Deadline 1/11/2010
9.  Sara’s Wish Scholarship Fund, Preliminary Applications due 10/2009-1/2010
10. Zeta Phi Beta Deborah Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship: Accepting applications now through Feb 1, 2010.

11. 2nd Annual King/Mandela Lecture, 11/17
12. Taste of Diversity Culture Show, 11/19
13. International COFFEE HOUR: Photo & Video Contest Awards Ceremony, with Silent Auction! 11/20

14. Unsubscribe yourself from SISA-L

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1. UGA Studies Abroad in the South Pacific & the Caribbean: Info session 11/18

Come to this info session to learn about the UGA programs offered through Studies Abroad in the South Pacific and the Caribbean. Study abroad opportunities include New Zealand, Australia, Fiji, Antarctica, the United Kingdom!

Visit for more program information, or e-mail [log in to unmask]

Thurs, Nov. 18, 8PM MLC Rm 275


2. UGA Croatia Maymester Info. Meeting: 11/17
There will be a an informational meeting for the Croatia Maymester Study Abroad Program on November 17, 2009 at 5 p.m. in 117 Joe Brown Hall.  For further information see or contact James Reap [log in to unmask]


3. 2010 Thai Sustainable Service-Learning Program, NEW! Info Session 11/18

Ever wondered what it would be like to ride an elephant?

UGA is partnering with Khon Kaen University and Chiang Mai University in Thailand to bring you the 2010 Thai Sustainable Service-Learning Program.

The program will run during the summer through session for six weeks (June 11-July 22) in Thailand – with an affordable program fee of $2500.  Students will have the opportunity to complete 6 credit hours focused on Thai Culture, Social and Ecological Sustainability, Watershed Management, Conservation, Agribusiness and Energy and Material Flows. All majors welcome.

For more information please visit the website:
Or contact Dr. Sarah Workman, Program Director, at [log in to unmask]

Be sure to attend the information session on Wednesday November 18, 2009, in MLC room 147 from 4 to 5pm to learn more about this great opportunity!  There will be additional info sessions January 13th and January 27th.    Study Abroad in Thailand!

4. Germany Exchange Opportunity after graduation! Deadline: 12/1

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange for Young Professionals (CBYX) is currently accepting applications from your students and recent graduates who are interested in living, studying, and interning in Germany on a full-year, funded fellowship.  CBYX is sponsored by the US and German governments for applicants in all career fields between the ages of 18-24, and does not require any prior German language knowledge!  Applicants in business, vocational, technical, engineering, scientific, and agricultural fields are especially encouraged to apply.

75 participants are annually awarded the CBYX fellowship to spend a year studying and working in their career fields while completely immersed in German language and culture.  Please forward this email to ideal candidates among your students and young alumni, who can find more information at

The CBYX for Young Professionals fellowship includes:
• two months of intensive German language training (prior German language knowledge is not required, but preferred)
• four months of study in the participant’s career field at a German college or university
• five-month internship in the participant’s career field with a German company
• accommodations living with German hosts, in shared apartments, and in student dorms
• transatlantic airfare and monthly food stipends
• health/accident insurance
• various program seminars in the United States and Germany
• support throughout the program year by local program representatives

• US citizen or permanent resident
• between the ages of 18-24 at the start of the program in July 2010
• high school diploma or equivalent
• clear career goals and some relevant work experience in career field
• strong interest in German and international affairs, and a strong sense of American identity
• flexibility, independence, and diplomacy

Application deadline is December 1, 2009 for the program beginning in July 2010.  For more information, and to apply online, visit:   Questions?  Please contact [log in to unmask] or 212-497-3522.


5. UGA-Exchange Program Spotlight: University of Sydney, Australia, Applications due 2/1

Here's a great opportunity to study abroad in Sydney, Australia for Fall 2010, Spring 2011 or Full 2010-11 Academic Year as an exchange student at the University of Sydney.
The University of Sydney provides an excellent opportunity for over 45,000 students to live and study in Australia and offers a wide range of subjects.  With hundreds of clubs and societies, cafes, bands, theatre productions, sports, three sporting complexes, and Australia’s oldest student newspaper, Honi Soit, you will also have the opportunity to be immersed in of Australia’s most vibrant and active student communities.

-- Course Subjects/Units include: Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Ecology, Art, Architecture, Design & Planning, Business & Economics, Education & Social Work, Sport & Exercise Science, Engineering & Information Sciences, Health Sciences, International Relations & Political Science, Music, Pharmacy, Sciences, Marine Science, Veterinary Sciences, Visual Arts.

--See Sydney Units of Study Database at:

--Dates of Program: Fall semester (July - November);  Spring Semester (February - June)

--Host University Websites:

--Host University Exchange Info:

--Cost: Students pay an Exchange Program Fee (currently $3765 for SP 10) to cover in-state tuition at UGA; Housing Costs paid abroad in Australia.  Students may keep HOPE and other UGA/federal financial aid.

--Exchange Application Deadline: February 1, 2010 for Fall 2010 & full year; September 15 for Spring 2011

--FOR MORE INFORMATION & TO APPLY:  Contact the OIE Study Abroad Front Desk to schedule an exchange advising appointment or email Ms. Colleen Larson, Study Abroad Advisor, Office of International Education, Bank of America Building, 3rd Floor, 110 E. Clayton Street, [log in to unmask]


6.  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.


7. 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.
Students must sign up in advance as space is limited.


8. Boren Awards for International Study, Campus Deadline 1/11/2010

Boren Scholarships and Fellowships provide unique funding opportunities for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to add an important international and language component to their educations. Sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP), the awards focus on geographic areas, languages, and fields of study that are critical to U.S. interests and underrepresented in study abroad. Work obligation with Federal Government or in higher education after college; not for use in Western Europe or most English-speaking countries.
UGA Campus Application Deadline: January 11, 2010. Campus Interviews to take place after the initial campus review.
The application deadline for the Boren Fellowship for graduate students is January 28, 2010.
The application deadline for the Boren Scholarship for undergraduate students is February 10, 2010.
Please see your campus representative for more information about your on-campus deadline. Contact: Jessica Hunt, Major Scholarship Coordinator, 215 Moore College, [log in to unmask]


9. The Sara's Wish Scholarship Fund, Preliminary Applications Due Oct 2009 thru January, 2010.

SARA'S WISH FOUNDATION was established to perpetuate the memory of Sara Christie Schewe. In 1996, Sara, a beautiful and loving young woman, was killed in a fatal bus crash in India along with three classmates while participating in the University of Pittsburgh's Semester at Sea Program.  Sara's Wish Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting Safe And Rewarding Adventures for students, emerged out of this Semester at Sea tragedy. This organization promotes education about travel safety guidelines.

A Legacy of Leadership, Service, and Adventure…The Mission of the Scholarship Fund is to perpetuate Sara's ideals by providing financial support for travel experiences for students who share Sara's zest for life, love of adventure, and zeal to excel.

Sara's Wish Foundation scholarships are awarded to extraordinary young women committed to making the world a better place by fully participating in it. Assistance has been offered to dozens of young women who exhibit qualities of leadership, service, and adventure. With our financial contributions, young women have defrayed the costs associated with traveling to all areas of the globe.  Ethiopia, Korea, the Philippines, Chile, Nepal, and South Africa are just a few examples. Our scholarship recipients perform a wide variety of remarkable public services in these distant lands, contributing to the welfare of our global village. Be sure to read more about them, as they truly offer inspiration and hope for our future.

Scholarship Application Information Criteria:
A commitment to public service
A strong record of scholarship
A history of leadership experience
A sincere interest in the work of Sara's Wish Foundation
A willingness to join with Sara's Wish Foundation in its ongoing efforts to improve safety awareness

Timeline: Scholarships are granted yearly according to the timeline below.

- Oct-Jan: Preliminary Applications reviewed as they are submitted.
- Nov-Feb: Candidates selected from the preliminary applications are asked to submit resumes, essays, and two letters of recommendation.
- Dec-March: Finalists are interviewed by telephone or in person by members of the scholarship committee.
- March: All scholarship winners are announced by the end of March.

Visit the Sara’s Wish Foundation website:


10. 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.

Copies of the scholarship application form may be accessed electronically via the following websites: or

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.


11. 2nd Annual King/Mandela Lecture, 11/17

Tuesday, November 17

Cherif M. Keita, Carleton College, presents and discusses his
documentary film about John L. Dube, a South African educator
often compared with Booker T. Washington.

4:00 p.m.
481 Tate Student Center.

Contact: [log in to unmask]  Sponsored by the African Studies
Institute, Franklin College OIDL.


12. Taste of Diversity Culture Show, 11/19

Thursday, November 19
7:00 pm
Memorial Hall Ballroom

Cultural performances, a Mr. Diversity pageant, authentic
Asian food and prizes. Seven Asian countries are featured:
China, Vietnam, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, India, and the
Philippines. Sponsored by Delta Phi Lambda Sorority Inc.
Contact: [log in to unmask]


13. International COFFEE HOUR—this week: Photo & Video Contest Awards Ceremony with Silent Auction! 11/20

Don't miss Coffee Hour this Friday, Sponsored by yours truly (the Office of International Education) from 11:30-1:30pm. Memorial Hall Ballroom.

-       Silent Auction to benefit programming for UGA's International Students (gift certificates from; Casa Mia, Depalma's, Five Points Deli, Urban Sanctuary Spa, City Salon, and many more great items!)

-       Awards Ceremony for the Video Contest and both Photo categories: Creative Expression and Student Engagement.

-       View all 2009 photo submissions for Study Abroad and cast a vote for the People’s Choice Photo Award.

-       Silent Auction bidding and People’s Choice voting will only be open from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm……winners will be announced starting at 12:45 pm.

-       Food, door prizes!

Get a sneak peak at this year’s 203 photo entries:

View the 10 video submissions at:

Visit our contest webpage for more information about the contest, including winning photos from previous years.

Questions can be sent to Lila Grisar, Contest Coordinator, at: [log in to unmask] or to the International Student Life office at 542-5867.


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