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UGA Exchange Programs

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UGA Faculty-led Programs

UGA Domestic Field Study Programs

UGA Independent Experience Programs

Non-UGA Programs

Non-UGA Programs are usually for-profit or non-profit organizations who provide education abroad opportunities in conjunction with universities around the world.

Global Education Consortium Programs

Consortia are usually groups of universities and other organizations operating together on a joint project, such as study abroad.

Finding a Quality Program

Prior to participating in a study abroad program, students and their parents should take time to look at the different programs available for study abroad.  The earlier you start researching programs, the better chance you will have to study abroad, include the coursework in your on-campus degree program, and graduate on-time.

Asking the Right Questions:

The following is a list of issues to consider and questions to ask when looking for an appropriate study abroad program.
  • Courses Available:  What courses can be taken abroad?  Will they be taught by U.S. home campus professors or foreign university faculty or local nationals?  Do they have Ph.D.s, Master's Degrees, Bachelor's Degrees?  Have they taught U.S. students?  Is the setup traditional classroom or experiential learning?
  • Transfer Credit:  It is important to know how courses taken abroad will count toward your U.S. degree program (major, minor, language, general education, etc.).  Ask your academic advisor about the transferability of study abroad courses into your U.S. degree program.
  • Housing:  Is housing provided as part of the program?  Is it in an international university dorm?  With a family/homestay?  In an apartment?  What part of the city?  How far from where the courses are offered?  Near public transportation?
  • Cost:  What are the costs of the program, including tuition, administrative fees, room and board, international travel, in-country travel and excursions, extra costs?
  • Where:  What country/region/city do you want to study in?  Where in the city are the program office/courses located?  Is it in a modern city, a rural location, or a developing area with limited resources?
  • How long:  Is the program available for a year, semester, quarter, summer, short-term?
  • When:  Will a program session be offered when you are planning to go, or when you are available to participate?  How will the season and schedule abroad compare to that at your home campus?
  • Language:  Do you want to study in a country where the language is not English?  How much language training should you have before going?  What type of language training is offered abroad?  Are courses offered in both English and the other country's native language?
  • Support Services:  Does your U.S. home campus provide academic advisement and counseling to students through program orientations (some campuses require that all students take a semester-long course before studying abroad)?  What types of support services and administrative offices are in place abroad?
  • Who's in Charge of Safety:  Is there someone at the U.S. office and abroad who is specifically responsible for students' health and safety?  What policies and procedures do they have in place?
  • Program Evaluations:  Ask if you can see the evaluations and feedback from staff, faculty, and students who have attended your university's study abroad programs in the past.
UGA does not grant transfer credit for the following programs:

Access Space
Arabesk in Damascus
Bridge, Connect, Act Study Abroad (BCA)
Broome Community College — SUNY
Center for Study Abroad (CSA) International
Comunidad Inti Wara Yasi
Cross-Cultural Solutions
Ecela Spanish
Education First Boston (EF)
EF Educational Tours
Excel Language Center
Global LEAD (also known as Lead Abroad)
Heritage Tourism in Cambodia
Hokkaido International Foundation
Humanitad Foundation
Insight Argentina
KAPITO Sprachschule
Lexia Study Abroad
Modern Language Studies Abroad (MLSA)
Petters EducAsian
St. James Institute Argentina
World Youth Hakka Culture Camp
Worldwide Classroom (WWC)
The Center For Global Education. 2012. "Begin Program Search." Access June 2, 2016.