FAQs

  • What is education abroad?

    Education abroad encompasses educational experiences pursued in an international setting, which can include study abroad, internships, service-learning, and more.

  • Why should I study abroad?

    Studying abroad provides many opportunities, including access to unique classes, practice in a foreign language, getting out of your comfort zone, enhancing your intercultural communication skills and therefore, your résumé, and more.

  • Where can I study abroad?

    Anywhere! If there is a place a student really wants to go, there are many possible ways to go there!

  • How can I search for education abroad opportunities?

    You can use the Program Quick Search feature of our website to search for UGA-led education abroad programs.

    You can look for information in our Resource Library (located in the Office of International Education building), which has comprehensive information on UGA Faculty-led programs, Exchanges, as well as non-UGA programs.

    To search for non-UGA programs, the websites goabroad.comstudyabroad.com, and iiepassport.org are good resources.

    The Study Abroad Fair is also a good resource to see many of the options available for education abroad.

    You can join the Students Interested in Study Abroad listserv.

    You can also see our Calendar of Events to see upcoming events and opportunities related to education abroad. 

  • What types of study abroad programs are offered through UGA?

    UGA offers the following types of programs:

    UGA Faculty-LedPrograms
    UGA Residential Centers (Italy, the UK, and Costa Rica)
    UGA Exchanges
    Non-UGA Programs

  • What are the differences between the three types of programs?

    UGA Faculty-Led Programs and UGA Residential Centers
    Study with UGA faculty and students
    Usually maymester/summer for faculty-led programs, but semester options are available (particularly with the Residential Centers)
    Study abroad course registration through Athena, just like at UGA
    Earn UGA resident credit
    Structured programs with planned class schedule and activities
    Group-oriented
    Various housing types(UGA Residential Centers offer their own housing)
    Participants pay UGA tuition/fees at in-state rate
    Usually best for students who need more structure and support

    UGA Exchange Program
    Attend a UGA exchange partner university overseas
    Semester or academic year
    Wide variety of classes to choose from
    Housing often setup through the host institution; in some cases, students may live in off-campus apartments or in homestays
    Earn transfer credit through the transfer credit approval process
    Participants pay UGA tuition/fees at in-state rate and living costs abroad
    Best for students who are seeking an immersive cultural and academic experience

    Non-UGA Programs
    Coordinated through an education abroad provider or another institution
    Many options available in terms of location, courses to choose from and duration
    Year-long, semester, winter break, summer and maymester
    Providers act as the middle man between UGA and the school the student will be attending
    Earn transfer credit through the transfer credit approval process
    Program price usually includes instruction, housing, some meals, and cultural programming
    Give students independence to plan their own activities upon arrival in host country
    Internships, service-learning, and teaching abroad are best found through external programs 

  • How do I know if my credits will fit into my degree program?

    You should meet with your academic advisor to discuss which credits you could earn while abroad, and how they would fit in with your degree requirements. You should also meet with an education abroad advisor to help you find program that matches your academic needs.

  • Can I go on a study abroad program through another university?

    Yes, you can. In order to receive credit, transcripts must be issued by an accredited college or university. Students will need to complete the Transfer Credit Approval Form to receive transfer credit. Students should speak with an education abroad advisor to ensure their program is accredited.

  • Are there options for graduate students?

    Yes, many UGA study abroad and exchange programs are open to graduate, as well as undergraduate students. You should discuss your need for graduate-level credit with the UGA program of interest. In addition, external study abroad programs are also an option. You can learn more about transferring graduate-level credit from an external study abroad program by meeting with an Education Abroad advisor.

  • I’m a transfer student, can I study abroad?

    Yes, transfer students can participate in education abroad programs as well. You should discuss your specific situation and credit needs with your academic advisor, as well as an Education Abroad advisor.