Dear Students Interested in Study Abroad:

Happy New Year and welcome back! The Office of Study Abroad hopes your Spring 2010 semester is off to a good start!
Read on for this week’s announcements about upcoming events, informational sessions, scholarship deadlines, and more!

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In this week’s message…

1.      Attention Fall 2009 Study Abroad Participants--Your Feedback Is Needed!
2.      Study Abroad Student Panel, 1/27
3.      Study Abroad in Thailand-Info Sessions 1/13 and 1/27 Applications due 2/1)
4.      EXPLORE EARTH IN ARGENTINA – Spring 2010 Info Sessions: 1/14, 1/28, 2/8, and 2/16
5.      New UGA Study Abroad Program to Southwestern France, Apply by 2/26
6.      This Week’s UGA-Exchange Program Spotlight: Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration
7.      Easy Online Search for a UGA Study Abroad or Exchange Program
8.      Walk-in Advising in Memorial Hall: every Tuesday & Friday afternoon
9.      Study Abroad ‘Options Abroad’ Info Sessions, offered 3 days a week

10.     $300 scholarship for all students accepted to UGA’s Summer Thai Sustainable Service-Learning Program.
11.     Sara’s Wish Scholarship Fund, Preliminary Applications due 1/31
12.     Zeta Phi Beta Deborah Partridge Wolfe International Fellowship: Due 2/1.

13.     International Coffee Hour, 1/15
14.     FORUM: "New Challenges of American Immigration," 1/15
15.     Hogaku: New Sounds of Japan, Friday 1/15
17.     Don’t forget to check out the winners of our 2009 International Photo & Video Contest!
18.     Unsubscribe yourself from SISA-L


1. Attention Fall 2009 Study Abroad Participants--Your Feedback Is Needed!

Hello from the Director of Study Abroad at UGA. Just a reminder to fall study abroad participants - we would love to hear your feedback on your program, the good and the bad.  If you went on a UGA faculty-led group, you are probably filling out an evaluation with the group, but you are welcome to do the form below as well.  If you went on an exchange or external program, we'd especially love to hear from you on this form as it is our primary means of learning more about your experience. You have the option of indicating whether an anonymous copy of your evaluation can be made available for prospective study abroad participants who want to learn about your program:

Thanks, and hope you had a great experience abroad!

Dr. Kasee Clifton Laster
Director of Study Abroad
Office of International Education
Bank of America, third floor
110 E. Clayton Street
Athens, Georgia  30602
Phone:  706-425-3275
Fax:            706-425-3315
Physical location: corner of Clayton and Lumpkin, downtown
Web location:


2. Study Abroad Student Panel, 1/27

 Wednesday Jan 27 at 6pm in MLC 348.  Come hear the experiences of students who have returned from various types of study abroad programs.  The panel will share their experiences abroad and give advice about choosing a program, preparing for travel and culture shock as well as answer questions.  For more information please contact Mandi at [log in to unmask]


3. Study Abroad in Thailand-Info Sessions 1/13 and 1/27

Study Abroad in Thailand!

Hope you will join in with us for great service-learning experience this summer!
Info sessions January 13 th and January 27 th.  MLC room 247 from 4 to 5pm.

Kindly apply by 1 Feb 2010.

Sarah W. Workman,   Public Service Associate, University of Georgia
Thai Sustainable Service-Learning Program Director
312 Hoke Smith Building
Athens, GA  30602      Tel:  706.542.9737   FAX: 706.542-7905

4. EXPLORE EARTH IN ARGENTINA – Spring 2010 Info Sessions: 1/14, 1/28, 2/8, and 2/16

“For students with a passion for the outdoors”.

Prepare now for this unique opportunity to study and travel along 4,000 miles of Argentina’s most beautiful and rarely visited places in the Andes.
Taught mostly in the field, open to students in any discipline; no previous geology required. SPAN 2001 (Intermediate Spanish) offered this summer!

Spring  Info Sessions:

One hour: Instructor presentation followed by your questions
•     Miller Learning Center, Room 268,Thursday Jan 28: 6:00 - 7:00 PM

Drop in: Come at your convenience, we will be at the Departmental Information table,  across from Jittery Joe’s, Miller Learning Center.
•     TH Jan 14: 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM
•     M Feb. 8: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
•     T Feb 16: 9:00 AM- 2:00 PM

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


5. New UGA Study Abroad Program to Southwestern France, Apply by 2/26

Millennial Landscapes of Southwestern France, May 15- June 8, 2010.

Earn 6 credits in anthropology (undergraduate or graduate). The program is suitable for students from a wide variety of backgrounds and no prior knowledge of anthropology or allied fields is assumed.

This is an immersion educational experience in historical ecology of the feudal ethnic provinces of Southwestern France including Bearn, Gascogne, Soule, Labour, and Basse Navarre. Thirty percent of the course is classroom-based and 70% is field-based. Activities include field trips to Paleolithic caves, Gallo-Roman sites, and Medieval towns with assignments in reading landscaptes, recording ancient monumnets, and using archival documents. Opportunities exist for developing or improving your French language skills, staying in the home of a Basque farming family, and service-learning. See the course website for details.


6. This Week’s UGA-Exchange Program Spotlight: Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration

UGA - Vienna Univ of Economics & Bus Admin Program Information:

Here's a great opportunity for business and international relations students to study abroad in Vienna, Austria for Fall 2010, Spring 2011 or the Full 2010-11 Academic Year as an exchange student at the Vienna University of Economics & Business Administration.  There is no language requirement, however, a Business German language class is available at WU-Vienna at multiple levels.

"WU-Vienna provides an excellent opportunity for over 24,000 students to live and study in the heart of Europe in one of the world‘s most beautiful cities. Vienna,a city perfectly balanced between tradition and the cutting edge, is sure to provide you with numerous opportunities to continue your education both in and outside the classroom.  Currently, one out of every four WU students is from outside Austria, and about 750 more come to WU each year as exchange students from all over the world." (

-- Subject Areas include: Business, Business Law, Economics and Trade Management, Finance, Investment and Accounting, Human Resources and Organizational Behavior, International Business, Management, MIS, Marketing, Regional and European Studies.

--Host University Exchange Info:

--See WU-Vienna Courses Available at at:

--Courses in English:

--Course outlines:

--Dates of Program: Fall semester (September - December/Jan);  Spring Semester (February - early July)

--Cost: Students pay an Exchange Program Fee (currently $3865 for SP 2010) to cover in-state tuition at UGA; Housing Costs paid abroad in Austria.  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]


7. Easy Online Search for a UGA Study Abroad or Exchange Program

Have you checked out our searchable database of Study Abroad and Exchange opportunities for UGA students? All UGA Faculty led programs and Exchange programs are included, with links to program websites, dates, costs, credits and more! You can search for a program according to destination, academic subject, time of travel, availability of scholarships, and many other preferences.


8.  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.


9. Study Abroad ‘Options Abroad’ Info Sessions, 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.


10.  $300 scholarship for all students accepted to UGA’s Summer Thai Sustainable Service-Learning Program.

Great news for those interested in this Summer’s interdisciplinary Thailand Summer Abroad. A program grant was just awarded to the program, allowing a reduction in the program fee for all students. The current program fee the six weeks is now $2200 per person!

For more information: and


11. The Sara's Wish Scholarship Fund, Preliminary Applications Due by January 31, 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:


12. 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.


13. International Coffee Hour, 1/15

Friday, January 15, 2010
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Memorial Hall Ballroom

Come and meet others and learn about cultures from all over the world while sampling international cuisine and local coffee.  Free food! This week's coffee hour is hosted by Baptist Collegiate Ministries. For more information, contact 706-542-5867.


14. FORUM: "New Challenges of American Immigration," 1/15

Sponsored by the Russell Forum for Civic Life in Georgia and the Russell Library. Using the National Issues Forums Institute's guide, "The New Challenges of American Immigration: What Should We Do?," the group will consider several approaches to tackling this issue. Trained neutral moderators will guide the discussion.

Friday, January 15
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Richard B. Russell Library
For more information, contact: 706-542-5788


15. Hogaku: New Sounds of Japan, Friday 1/15

Dear Friends of India: Please plan to attend this exciting event on campus on Friday, January 15, 2010.

The Japan Foundation, the University of Georgia Center for Asian Studies and the Consulate General of Japan in Atlanta are pleased to present "Hogaku: New Sounds of Japan 2010," at 8:00 pm on Friday, January 15, 2010 at Ramsey Recital Hall inside the Performing Arts Center at the University of Georgia in Athens (230 River Road, Athens, GA 30605). Please visit or call (706) 542-4400 for directions to the venue.

The event is FREE and open to the public. It is anticipated to be a Blue Card event. PLEASE encourage your students to attend this special concert.

"Hogaku: New Sounds of Japan 2010" is a trio of performances featuring the best of traditional Japanese music.  Each showcase performance will feature a different instrument, performed by Japan's top young talent in Japanese traditional performing arts.

A pre-concert lecture by Hogaku Journal editor Takafumi Tanaka will be held immediately before the performance in Ramsey Recital Hall, starting at 7:00 pm.

For URL musical examples of the group please visit:



The UGA Career Center presents a Multicultural Professional Development Conference sponsored by Liberty Mutual, McKesson and Target.  The conference will take place Tuesday, January 26, 2010 from 4PM-8:30PM at the Georgia Center for Continuing Education.  The conference will focus on personal, professional and career development while also addressing how to leverage your diversity in the workplace.

This event is free and open to UGA students. To register for this premiere event and to learn more about the conference including a conference agenda and a list of participating employers, see:  Space is limited.

To secure your spot, register as soon as possible. The deadline to register is Friday, January 15th .


17. Don’t forget to check out the winners of our 2009 International Photo & Video Contest!

View Winners:

View all 203 photo entries:

View the 10 video submissions at:

Thanks to our many judges, including Study Abroad Peer Advisors, International Education Staff, and judges from the community: local photographer Kelli Guinn-Olsson, and international conservation and anthropology scholar, Meredith Welch-Devine.

Our awards ceremony on 11/20was a huge success with over 400 guests in attendance. Congrats to all our winners:

Student Engagement Category:
- 1st Place, Kristy Jones, A Foot Race in Sir Lowrey’s Pass
- 2nd Place, Emily Goff, Perito Moreno Glacier
- 3rd Place, Jenah Zweig, Elephants Never Forget…And Neither Will I
- Honorable Mentions: Caitlyn Livingston, The Perfect Ending to a Perfect Day
Brett Cannon, Visitors Outside the Forbidden City

Creative Expression Category:
- 1st Place, Erin Riser, Paris Through My Eyes
- 2nd Place, Frances Ione Fabian, Camel in Old Sana’a
- 3rd Place, Sarah Pelham, Huangshan
- Honorable Mentions: Ashley Renee Norris, Framing the Artist
Bradley Wong, Long Bus Ride (****ALSO winner of the People’s Choice Award at Nov. 20th’s Awards Ceremony****)
Sara Victoria Pitt, The Road to Machu Piccu

Video Category:
1st Place, Kristin Espiau, Professional Development Training in Chile


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