The inaugural National Study Abroad Day will take place on Monday, February 24, 2020. Study Abroad Day is designed to heighten awareness of the benefits of studying abroad and the impact it has on students and campuses, and to encourage and provide support to Education Abroad specialists.
The University of Georgia is at the top of the field when it comes to Study Abroad, ranking 13th in the nation, the only institution in the state of Georgia to be ranked in the top 20, for the number of students who study abroad. In addition, UGA ranked 9th in short-term study abroad programs.
The Office of Global Engagement has seen a substantial rise in the number of students studying abroad for both credit and non-credit classes, with a majority of the students using the experience to fulfill UGA’s Experiential Learning Requirement, which was established in 2016.
UGA offers a diverse array of study abroad programs to meet student’s needs, including the award winning Stellenbosch Program in South Africa which involves a unique combination of classroom learning, wildlife viewing and community engagement including a 4-week long service-learning project. In addition to these amazing programs, UGA hosts two International Centers: UGA @ Oxford and UGA Cortona. Students attending UGA @ Oxford will live in UGA’s building in Oxford, be taught by Oxford faculty in a tutorial method and experience collegiate life in a whole new way. UGA Cortona is UGA’s oldest study abroad program having just celebrated its 50th anniversary. UGA Cortona’s unique campus sits on 4.5 acres of land atop Cortona and contains extensive fine arts studios.
Students who have been awarded federal or state financial aid, including the HOPE or Zell Miller scholarships, may use their financial aid to study abroad. Out-of-state students studying abroad are assessed instate tuition rate. Multiple scholarships are available to UGA students wishing to study abroad and in 2018-2019, OGE awarded $572,000 in scholarships which amounted to 337 awards, an average of $1,700 per award. More information on funding and scholarships can be found in the online StudyAway Portal (studyaway.uga.edu).
Education Abroad 101 sessions are offered several times a week for students interested in study abroad. Yana Cornish, Director of Global Education, says, “Global Education staff are happy to support UGA students in making their study abroad plans come true. We would love to see more UGA students experiencing the world firsthand.”
Students should plan to attend OGE's annual Global Open House (every year in August at the OGE building) and OGE's annual Study Away Fair (every year in mid-September in the Tate Center) to meet face-to-face with program directors, global education advisors, and program representatives. For a complete calendar of upcoming events and for more information regarding study abroad at UGA, please visit studyaway.uga.edu