Hello Students Interested in Study Abroad,

This week’s message starts with a reminder: now is the time for finalizing summer abroad plans! UGA offers dozens of summer programs that range in length from 2-6 weeks and more. A sampling of UGA’s programs can be found below in this announcement. To see ALL that UGA has to offer, be sure to visit our online search engine: http://www.uga.edu/oie/sa_prog.htm 

You can search for a program according to destination, academic subject, available credit, travel dates of travel, availability of scholarships, and many other preferences.


***Please note: While many UGA summer programs have application deadlines listed, several programs will accept interested students past the deadline if space is still available.  Contact the program directly for more information.


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Best for now,

The Office of Study Abroad

In this week’s message…

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

2.   UGA Costa Rica Mini Fair & Info Sessions 2/10, 2/11, 2/17, 2/24. Apply by 3/15
3.   Camp Counselors Russia: Info Sessions 2/10 & 2/17, Apply by 3/30

4.   New UGA Program to Southwestern France, Info Sessions 2/10 & 2/11; Apply by 2/26

5.    Study Abroad in Thailand-Application deadline extended to 2/15
6.    Study Abroad this May with UGA on a Caribbean Island, Apply by 2/15

7.    Explore Earth in Argentina – Spring 2010 Info Session: 2/16; Preferred Application deadline: 2/15

8.   Upcoming Peace Corps potluck 2/19
9.    UGA A Paris summer program...extended deadline!

10.  International Travel Forum: Hazards and Realities, 2/23

11.  University System of Georgia-European Council Summer programs: Apply by 3/5

12.  Studies Abroad in the South Pacific: Info Sessions every Thursday; Apply by 3/15

13.  Graduate Summer Seminar Abroad in Rome, Apply by 3/15
14.  Walk-in Advising in Memorial Hall: every Tuesday & Friday afternoon
15.   Study Abroad ‘Options Abroad’ Info Sessions, offered 3 days a week


16.  $300 scholarship for all students accepted to UGA’s Summer Thai Sustainable Service-Learning Program.   

17.  UGA’s Franklin College Scholarships for Study Abroad-Apply by 2/19

18.  John T. Petters scholarships for Summer/Fall 2010 study abroad, Due 2/20
19.  Phi Kappa Phi undergraduate study abroad/internship grants, Apply by 2/24
20.  $500 Cash Prize for Transitions Abroad Student Writing Contest, Deadline 3/1

21.  Dean’s Award for Graduate Student International Study-deadline 3/5

22.  Academic Continuing Education Grant, Sponsored by the Spanish Government, Apply by 3/30

23.   SIT -New Pell Match Scholarship Program: Increasing access to international education


24.  Globalization of Love, 2/10 Set Bold

25.  International Coffee Hour, 2/12  

26.  Performance: Shruti—Melodies of India. 2/12

27.  Film: The Cove. 2/15

28.   Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars-Apply by 3/5

29.   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
Physical location: corner of Clayton and Lumpkin, downtown
Web location: www.uga.edu/oie


2.  UGA Costa Rica: Study Abroad Mini-Fair and Info Sessions: 2/10, 2/11, 2/17, 2/24. Apply by 3/15



All Maymester & Summer applications for UGA Costa Rica programs due by March 5th, 2010!



3. Camp Counselors Russia: Info Sessions 2/10 & 2/17, Apply by 3/30

Study Abroad in Russia as a Camp Counselor this Summer, June 8 - July 12


Earn up to 9 upper division or graduate credit hours in Youth Development...and love what you are doing! 

You don't need to speak Russian, you just need to open your heart and play.



4. New UGA Program to Southwestern France, Info Sessions 2/10 & 2/11, Apply by 2/26

Millennial Landscapes of Southwestern France, runs from May 15 to June 8, 2010.

Informational Meetings: 7:00 pm in 264 Baldwin Hall either Wednesday February 11 or Thursday February 12 for a slide show on the place and people, an overview of the program, and answers to your questions about participating.

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.




5. Study Abroad in Thailand – Application deadline extended to 2/15

Study Abroad in Thailand!       www.uga.edu/thailand
Hope you will join in with us for great service-learning experience this summer!
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 



6. Study Abroad this May with UGA on a Caribbean Island, Apply by 2/15

Agroforestry in the Caribbean (May 12-26. 2010; $1500), St. Croix Island.

Earn hands-on college credit on a lush tropical certified Organic Farm that was voted as a top 10 educational destination by the National Geographic Society for hands-on service vacations. This 14-day design intensive provides 3 hours of UGA credit in either Anthropology, Ecology, Forestry, or Crop and Soil Sciences and is offered to any college student worldwide. Applications now being accepted for the 2010 course. It is one of the best values of any study abroad course of its kind, and is the most affordable Maymester abroad program. Passports are not required for US citizens since it is a US territory with a rich culture of its own and flights are usually less than $500. Email [log in to unmask] for more info on the program or contact [log in to unmask] for registration and academic information.

Read more at http://www.uga.edu/ecocarib.



7. EXPLORE EARTH IN ARGENTINA – Spring 2010 Info Sessions: 2/8, 2/16; Preferred deadline: 2/15*

“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. June and July, 2010! 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- Drop in: Come at your convenience, we will be at the Departmental Information table,  across from Jittery Joe’s, Miller Learning Center.  
•     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: http://mapatino.myweb.uga.edu/arghome.html

*Applications will be accepted past the preferred deadline of Feb 15 if slots are still available.


8. UGA Peace Corps Announcements and Potluck, 2/19

- If you are a Peace Corps volunteer, please contact Lisa at the address below to get involved!

-Potluck Dinner
Friday, February 19
6 p.m.
Location T.B.A.

-Please contact Lisa Woodruff (below) if you are an RPCV from Morocco.  I have a Morocco nominee who would like to talk with you.

Lisa Woodruff
Peace Corps Recruiter
University of Georgia
110 E. Clayton Street, room 305
Athens, GA 30602
(706) 425-2966
(706) 425-3315 FAX
Panama 2007-2009


9. UGA A Paris summer program...extended deadline!


Paris, summer 2010. This 6-week program offers 6 credit hours.  Courses are available in Geography, International Affairs, Speech Communication, and Sociology.  More information and application forms can be found at www.uga.edu/paris.  Interested students should contact Dr. Andy Herod, ASAP.


Andrew Herod
Professor of Geography, Adjunct Professor of International Affairs,  Adjunct Professor of Anthropology, and Director, UGA à Paris Study Abroad Program
Department of Geography, University of Georgia
, GA 30602, USA

Ph: + 1 706 542 2856 (main)
+ 1 706 542 2366 (direct)



10. International Travel Forum: Hazards and Realities, 2/23
9am to 11am in room 137 of the Tate Center, a forum on travel safety with three speakers: 
Jon Watson, FBI Agent with extensive training and unique experiences will provide tremendous insight into international travel safety issues.
William Ricketts, U.S. Air Marshall's Office will present on a wealth of both international and domestic experience.
Dmitry Vacalis, CDC - Dr. Vacalis will discuss medical issues and risks 
associated with international travel.
Questions: John Newton, Office of Security&  Emergency Preparedness
University of Georgia, 706-542-2778


11. University System of Georgia-European Council Summer programs: Apply by 3/5


SUMMER STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS: 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.



London! Paris! Madrid! Bonn! St. Petersburg! Waterford, Ireland!



12. Studies Abroad in the South Pacific: Info Sessions every Thursday; Apply by 3/15

All Thursday info sessions held at 7 PM in MLC 245
Maymester & Summer Programs to Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji -

Application Deadline for all programs- March 15, 2010





13. Graduate Summer Seminar Abroad in Rome, Apply by 3/15

This message is for professional staff and graduate students interested in a two-week, 3 Semester hour graduate seminar focused on the experience of U.S. students who study abroad offered by faculty at Loyola University Chicago at Loyola's John Felice Rome Center Campus July 4-17, 2010.  The website for the summer program is http://www.luc.edu/education/spgrm_rome_graduate.shtml .

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14.  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.



15. 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. http://www.uga.edu/oie/sa_info_session.htm
Students must sign up in advance as space is limited.



16.  $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: http://www.uga.edu/thailand/ and  https://www.oie.uga.edu/ViewProgram/2525


17. UGA’s Franklin College Scholarships for Study Abroad-Apply by 2/19   


Need & Merit based scholarship funds are available for applicants who are  non-transient, degree-seeking major in Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and completed at least one semester as an undergraduate or graduate student in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences prior to applying.


Visit their site for further eligibility and application details: http://www.franklin.uga.edu/international/scholarship_fund.php


18.  John T. Petters scholarships for Summer/Fall 2010 study abroad, Due 2/20


The John T. Petters Foundation is a private foundation that works to advance educational experiences by providing scholarships of deserving students. The Foundation focuses its scholarships to support international business study abroad and social entrepreneurship service programs.

The John T. Petters Foundation honors the short yet remarkable life of John Petters. John was a junior at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio when he tragically lost his life traveling in Florence, Italy. John’s dream of helping deserving students to study abroad is made possible through the Foundation.

Eligibility-Essential Criteria for Applicants: The John T. Petters Foundation seeks to increase study abroad opportunities for students who might otherwise not participate due to financial constraints.This scholarship is open to undergraduate college students in good academic standing who meet the following criteria:

•     The Applicant must be pursuing a study abroad program that has a focus on international business

•     The Applicant should be undergoing the study abroad application process which would be eligible for credit by the student's home institution

•     The Applicant must have financial need for scholarship funding

•     The Applicant must be a United States citizen

Selection Criteria: Our Foundation looks to support a diverse range of students who have been traditionally underrepresented in study abroad including, but not limited to students with:

•     High financial need

•     Interest in studying in diverse countries

•     Interest in study programs that emphasize cultural immersion

•     Diverse ethnic backgrounds

•     Accomplishments that indicate leadership, character, integrity and motivation

•     Disabilities


Judging of Applications: The selection criterion for the John T. Petters Scholarship reflects its core values. All applications are reviewed in their entirety.

•     Financial need (extra attention is shown to applicants who demonstrate high need including working students, students taking out loans and students with low family income)

•     Personal essay

•     Passion for education and studying abroad

•     Academic performance (official transcript required)

•     Faculty and advisor recommendations

•     Study Abroad Program (extra attention is shown to programs over three weeks in length and programs that focus on cultural immersion)

Note: Funds will only be granted upon acceptance into program

Timeline: There are 2 different times per year that you may apply for the John T. Petters Foundation Scholarship. This allows flexibility for students to collect various application materials. These times are also based on when the applicant wishes to study abroad.


•     January 1: Students may begin to submit applications

•     February 10: Applications must be submitted using the John T. Petters Foundation web site

•     March 20: Finalists are chosen

•     April 10: Recipients are chosen

•     April/May: Funds are distributed


•     August 1: Students may begin to turn in applications

•     September 30: Applications must be submitted using the John T. Petters Foundation web site

•     October 15: Finalists are chosen

•     November 5: Recipients are chosen

•     November/December: Funds are distributed


For more information: http://www.johntpettersfoundation.org/default.aspx


19. Phi Kappa Phi  undergraduate study abroad/internship grants, Apply by 2/24


Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grants are designed to help support undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Forty-five $1,000 grants are awarded each year.

Phi Kappa Phi sets high standards for its award recipients. Selection committees comprised of representatives from each of the Society's five regions carefully review all applications. Applicants are evaluated based on numerous factors, including academic recognition and awards, campus and community involvement, leadership experiences, and quality and scope of proposed program.

For complete details: http://www.phikappaphi.org/Web/Awards/Study_Abroad.html


20.  $500 Cash Prize for Transitions Abroad Student Writing Contest, Deadline 3/1


For all currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, students who have graduated within the past year, and students currently on leave from school.


For this year's contest, the winning student submission will be awarded $500 in cash, the second place winner will be awarded $150, and the third place winner $100. In addition, the winners will be featured in the April Webzine dedicated to study abroad and educational travel. All winning pieces will be published on the TransitionsAbroad.com website.
Runner-up winners will be awarded $50 and will also be published on
The contest deadline is March 1, 2010 with no entry fee. 

Winners will be chosen on or about March 15th, 2010.

Winners will be notified by phone, mail, or e-mail by April 1, 2010 for
publication by May 1, 2010 or at such time as all winners have received and cashed payment.
Submissions that have been published at home institutions during the current academic year also qualify.
For more information on the theme and criteria for free entries, please see: http://transitionsabroad.com/information/writers/student.shtml



21. Dean’s Award for Graduate Student International Study- deadline 3/5


Source:  This award is generously funded by the Graduate School under the direction of Dean Maureen Grasso.

Purpose: To cover a study abroad program’s loss of tuition revenue, making it viable for more UGA graduate students on assistantship to study abroad.

Note:  Because UGA graduate assistants do not pay tuition for coursework (other than a $25 matriculation fee) and because UGA study abroad programs are often dependent on the tuition revenue generated by the credit hours in order to have the budget “make,” in the past, UGA study abroad programs often simply could not accept students on assistantship.  This award provides funds to the program in place of tuition, thereby allowing more study abroad programs to accept graduate assistants and more UGA graduate students to study abroad.  As a result, selected students do not receive any funds directly, and the award does not apply to non-UGA programs.  Recipients must still pay the regular program fee just as do other graduate students and undergraduates; the program cannot discount or reduce the student's program fees as a result of this award.

Amount of award: An amount equal to either 3 or 6 hours’ tuition, depending on the number of hours for which the student will enroll

How paid: From the Graduate School restricted account, to be paid directly to the study abroad program, on behalf of an individual student

Deadline: March 5, 2010 for 2010 Maymester or Summer programs (please send all documents to Kasee Clifton Laster, Bank of America, third floor).

Overall guidelines for eligibility:

Competitive – judged on the basis of academic merit and of the appropriateness and rigor of the proposed course of study. Selection by a subcommittee of the Strategic Planning Committee for Study Abroad. To be used on any UGA resident-credit program, Maymester or Summer, that offers courses for graduate credit. Student must be in good academic standing with no incompletes, and making satisfactory academic progress in a degree-seeking program as documented by the graduate coordinator. Student applicant must be on a UGA assistantship, and wishing to attend a UGA Maymester or summer study abroad program.



    Not open to transient or non-degree  in the following professional programs: JD, LLM,Østudents, nor to students MBA, MAcc, PharmD, DVM, nor to students paying tuition themselves (i.e., not on assistantship) . Not to be used on behalf of TA’s working for the study abroad program itself. Not open to students with current incompletes.

Requirements from the student:

    A copy of the student’s completed application to the study abroad program.  Current transcript (OASIS print-outs are acceptable). Statement of purpose (one-page maximum): What are your objectives in studying abroad and in choosing this course and location? Syllabus or detailed plan of study; make sure to include the number of credit hours. Upon return: statement (one-page maximum) on how the program made a difference in the student’s graduate education. Upon return: as requested by the Graduate School, student will be willing to speak publicly to the university community and to selected external audiences about their experiences and knowledge gained during their international study

Requirements from the program:

    A letter from the study abroad program director indicating that the student will be accepted if funded.  Brief description of the study abroad program and the place of the graduate course within the program; if the student plans to take a 400/600 course, the director must address the course’s specific learning objectives for the graduate component and how these differ than those for undergraduate students C.V. of the faculty member who be providing the instruction if using non-UGA faculty; if using UGA faculty, must be have graduate faculty status


22. Academic Continuing Education Grant, Sponsored by the Spanish Government, Apply by 3/30


Aimed at college students and recent graduates (undergrad and graduate level). The program sends 1500 American and Canadian Participants to Spain each year to serve as teaching assistants, sharing their native knowledge of the English or French Language and North American culture in Spanish public k-12 schools


2010-2011 academic year

12-16 hrs weekly

Positions available all over Spain

Orientation course

Minimum $700 Euros monthly stipend + full medical insurance

Start Sept 2010-June 2011

No application fees


Apply NOW through March 30th




23. SIT -New Pell Match Scholarship Program: Increasing access to international education 


SIT (the School for International Training) now offers a new scholarship for undergraduate Pell grant recipients. The Federal Pell Grant Program provides need-based grants to low-income undergraduate students to promote access to postsecondary education.


Beginning with fall 2010 programs, SIT will automatically match a student's Pell award used for a semester program with SIT, thereby placing high-quality, field-based study abroad programs within greater financial reach of a wider range of undergraduate students.


More than 30 SIT programs across the globe are eligible for the new Pell match scholarship.

Today's increasingly complex and interconnected world requires leaders with the global perspectives and intercultural skills fostered during a meaningful study abroad experience. SIT students live with host families, learn local languages, study critical global issues in distinct geographic and cultural settings, and undertake undergraduate research or an extended practicum.

SIT's new Pell match scholarship increases the access of high-impact study abroad programs to talented undergraduate students who are in a position to influence international and intercultural relations in the coming decades.

To learn more about financing a study abroad program with SIT, and for a list of other SIT Study Abroad scholarships, please visit the financial aid and scholarship sections of our Web site: http://www.sit.edu/

SIT Study Abroad, a Program of World Learning
PO Box 676 Brattleboro, VT 05302
Phone: 802.258.3492
Toll Free: 888.272.7881
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24. Globalization of Love, 2/10 
Globalization of Love (Blue Card Event)
Sponsored by the Black Affairs Council
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm in the Miller Learning Center
For more information email [log in to unmask]



25.  International Coffee Hour 2/12

Friday, February 5, 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. Hosted this week by China Outreach Ministries and the Association of Chinese Professionals


Free food!

For more information, contact 706-542-5867.



26.  Performance: Shruti—Melodies of India. 2/12

Sponsored by Asha-UGA. A night of Indian culture, music and social issues education. The concert will feature a flute performance by Prasad Bhandarkar (a disciple of Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia), a violin performance and classical Indian dance. Also an exhibition on Indian culture and social issues. $15, $10 students. Tickets available at
Tate Cashier Window. 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Ramsey Hall, Performing Arts Center.
Contact: 706-315-1898, www.ashanet.org/athens, [log in to unmask]



27.  Film: The Cove. 2/15

Sponsored by Speak Out for Species. The true story of how an elite team of activists, filmmakers and divers embarked on a covert mission to penetrate a hidden cove in Japan, uncovering the truth about the dolphin capture trade. Part of the 5th annual Animal Voices Film Festival.
7:30 p.m. 102 Miller Learning Center. Contact: www.uga.edu/sos, [log in to unmask] 


28.   Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars-Apply by 3/5

Phi Beta Delta, Honor Society for International Scholars Tau Chapter will be re-instating the organization, and is seeking nominations of qualified students, faculty and staff to be inducted into the Society.  The purpose of the society is to recognize outstanding achievement, scholarship and service in the field of international education.  University of Georgia students, faculty and staff can be nominated for membership.  The membership criteria for American and International Students require that graduate students have a GPA of 3.5 and upper division undergraduate students have a GPA of 3.1.  Students must also have had significant involvement in international activities.

Individuals who are interested in being nominated for membership can email [log in to unmask] for instructions and forms or visit the Office of International Education. Student nominations must include a recommendation letter from a faculty member who knows the student. Deadline for applications is Friday March 5, 2010.  The nominations committee will review all nominations and invitations to join will be extended to those selected.

If you need additional information on Phi Beta Delta please contact Olivia T. Davis in the Office of International Education, (706) 425.3154 or e-mail [log in to unmask]

29.  UNSUBSCRIBE yourself from SISA-L:

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