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You can go almost anywhere you want! We have summer programs in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and Australia. We also have Semester and Academic Year programs available on every continent! 
Our Summer study abroad programs offer a full range of lower- and upper-level courses toledothat may satisfy your core, major, minor, or upper-level elective requirements. For a list of courses on this year's GC faculty-led programs, open the GC Study Abroad Courses for GC-Led Programs 2022.

To check out this summer's programs led by GC faculty, visit our Featured Programs page.  For summer programs with our partners, use the Advanced Search page, and enter "summer" for the Term. You can also search by key word using the Program Discovery.

Contact your GC academic advisor for advice on selecting courses that align with your degree progression and other academic or professional goals.

On Semester and Academic Year programs, students usually take upper-level courses that satisfy major requirements. Occasionally, students are able to take upper-level courses outside the major for elective or minor studies credit. For more detailed information about the courses being offered, please visit the web site of the university where you are interested in studying, and speak with your study abroad adviser.
At Georgia College we categorize programs into two primary groups - short term and long term. Short-term programs run anywhere from 1 - 6 weeks and occur predominantly during the summer. These programs typically combine classroom instruction with an international context that offers a rich background for discussion and intercultural experiences. Students are taught by Georgia College faculty in locations all around the world. Field trips and excursions are included.  Long-term programs provide students the opportunity to study at a university overseas for a semester or full academic year with the advantage of immersing themselves in a different culture and possibly a foreign language. 

Georgia College runs approximately 15 - 20 short-term, GC faculty-led programs annually and collaborates with the University System of Georgia to offer another 8 - 10 short-term program options. Georgia College has a growing number of exchange relationships with universities abroad where students can spend a semester or year studying courses associated with their major or minor. Additionally, Georgia College has selected four high-quality outside organizations to provide additional opportunities to our students. More details for each opportunity can be found through the program search.

Attend an Advising session to learn more! During the school year, sessions are held:
Mondays and Tuesdays @ 2 PM, Chappell Hall 102
Virtual Drop-In Sessions Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 2 PM in Teams. Click HERE for the link. 


If after attending a Drop-in Advising session you want to learn more, schedule an appointment with us. See our current availability and make an appointment HERE. We will meet with you face to face or virtually; just let us know what you prefer.

You can also email studyabroadinfo@gcsu.edu to set up an appointment with a study abroad advisor. Include the term you want to study abroad (summer, fall, spring, year) and some dates and times you are available to meet. You can also call 478-445-4789.
There are a couple of options outside of studying abroad in the traditional sense. The two major options are Service Learning and Internships Abroad. Both of these opportunities are available through GC and our third-party providers. More details for each opportunity can be found through the program search or by meeting with a Study Abroad adviser.
Any Georgia College student 18 years old or above who is in good standing (this includes academic and disciplinary matters) is eligible to study on short-term study abroad programs. In addition, for semester and year-long exchanges, students need to have declared a major, completed at least 60 credit hours and have a minimum GPA of 2.75 for most programs.
Info Sessions are an excellent first step! We hold these sessions every Monday and Tuesday at 2:00PM beginning the second week of classes.

During the school year, info sessions are held:
Mondays and Tuesdays @ 2 PM, Chappell Hall 102
Virtual Drop-In Sessions Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 2 PM in Teams. Click HERE for the link. 

If you have already attended an Info Session or Drop-in Advising, set up an appointment with one of our Study Abroad advisors!  Email studyabroadinfo@gcsu.edu or call 478-445-4789 to set up an appointment.
AUS snorkelling w TurlesFor short-term/summer programs, you simply need to select your program of choice through the Search function on this site, submit the online application by logging in with your Unify username and password. You will then be prompted to pay a deposit or application fee online and complete some questionnaires. Some programs also require several uploaded documents or additional steps. Please note - your application will not be accepted, and a seat on the program will not be reserved for you until you have paid the deposit or application fee!

For Semester and Academic Year programs, you will need to submit a GC online application and also complete the application for your proposed host university or program. You can search semester and year programs using the Advanced Search page. After starting the application, you will need to arrange for an interview with the Study Abroad Adviser in the International Education Center, pay all required application fees and/or deposits, pay insurance fees, complete the course approval form, arrange for a language evaluation (if required), and more steps. This process from start to finish takes much longer than applying for a summer program.  We recommend beginning the search and application process for a semester experience at least six months in advance.
That depends on what kind of program you are applying for! Generally, summer program applications are due by January 20, Fall semester applications are usually due by March 1, and Spring semester applications are due by October 1. Full academic year applications are generally due by March 1.
Oftentimes, we are able to add students from the waitlist to the program as other accepted students begin to withdraw. In the instance that we cannot accommodate you, you would be eligible for a full refund of your deposit.
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To return to your application to pay deposits/installments and finish up the remaining steps go to gcsu-sa.terradotta.com.  Use the LOGIN button in the upper right corner.  Then click "GC Login" to sign in through UNIFY. Once logged in, you will be routed to your Applicant Home, where you will see your existing application. If you have multiple applications (for a program and also a study abroad scholarship, for example) you will see all applications listed.  Click on the link for the application you wish to continue working on. Contact studyaboadinfo@gcsu.edu if you need assistance.

Non-Georgia College Students:
To return to your application to pay deposits/installments and finish up the remaining steps go to gcsu-sa.terradotta.com.  Use the LOGIN button in the upper right corner.  Then click "Non-GC Login" to sign in with your GC application portal credentials. Once logged in, you will be routed to your Applicant Home, where you will see your existing application. If you have multiple applications (for a program and also a study abroad scholarship, for example) you will see all applications listed.  Click on the link for the application you wish to continue working on. 
 
Contact studyaboadinfo@gcsu.edu if you need assistance.
YES! Insurance is included in the cost of all GC faculty-led study abroad programs and also many of our partner programs. If insurance is not included in the cost of your program, we will advise you on how to arrange for insurance at a cost ranging from $40 to $60 per month of study abroad, depending on your program. This insurance covers emergency medical care while abroad as well as medical evacuation, medical reunion, and repatriation of remains while traveling internationally.
For most short-term programs, there is a program fee that will incorporate most travel and in-country expenses. This program fee is paid separately from tuition. The program fee will be paid directly to Georgia College or other hosting institutions. In the case of Georgia College faculty-led programs, the program fee will typically be broken into three or more installments (a deposit, which secures a seat on the program, and the remaining portion broken into two equal halves). The program fee will be paid online via the application site or by cash or check directly to the International Education Center. Failure to pay installments by the due dates will result in cancellation from the study abroad program. Only in an exceptional case, e.g., an extremely adverse exchange rate, will the cost of the program be increased beyond what is listed on the application. In the unlikely event, the International Education Center finds it necessary to cancel a program before the start date, every attempt will be made to give a full refund. Refunds are subject to the status of payments and contracts to vendors on behalf of the student for program-related activities. If unforeseen events require the shortening of a program after arrival in-country, the International Education Center will determine an equitable, prorated refund. After the application deadline, any money already spent on a student’s behalf for transportation, accommodations or program support cannot be refunded. Further, the International Education Center will not be able to refund money that is contractually due to service providers including, but not limited to, airlines, travel agencies, and service providers.
This is dependent on what program you are applying for. Each program will have its own published deadlines. For GC faculty-led study abroad program fees, you can pay online through your program's GC online application. Programs hosted by other institutions have different payment processes and requirements. Please read the program details carefully. If you need to pay for GC study abroad program fees by check, please email studyabroadinfo@gcsu.edu.
YES! The HOPE and Zell Miller scholarships will pay for the tuition portion of most approved study abroad programs. Your financial aid package (grants, loans, and other scholarships) may assist with the rest of the costs. In addition, you may apply for Georgia College study abroad scholarships.  There are many other study abroad scholarships available through outside organizations. Check out our Scholarships and Funding resources page for more information. Once you decide on your study abroad program, you will need to set up an appointment with your GC Financial Aid Advisor to learn how your financial aid will be applied.
Georgia College offers a variety of study abroad scholarships. For more information on the scholarships we offer, click here.
No. Most Georgia College students who study abroad are taking classes in English. Nearly all of our summer and short-term programs are taught by University System of Georgia faculty and are taught in English. Most of our Semester and Academic Year programs offer the option of taking courses in English or the language of the country. While foreign language skills might make it easier to adapt, it is certainly not necessary for most of our programs. For more specific information about the program of your choice, contact the International Education Center.
Attend an advising session!
Mondays and Tuesdays @ 2 PM, Chappell Hall 102
Virtual Drop-In Sessions Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 2 PM in Teams. Click HERE for the link. 

If you already attended a Drop-in session or an Info Session, email studyabroadinfo@gcsu.edu to set up an appointment with a study abroad advisor. Include the term you want to study abroad (summer, fall, spring, year) and some dates and times you are available to meet. You can also call 478-445-4789.
 
Between Georgia College-administered programs and affiliated organizations, there are nearly 500 programs from which to choose. If we still can't find one that is academically appropriate and personally interesting, we can look to a variety of other organizations for additional options. Please keep in mind, however, that working with outside organizations can mean that HOPE and Federal Financial Aid may not be applicable to your program of choice.
First, find out if that program is open to non-GC students by contacting studyabroadinfo@gcsu.edu. You need to submit an application to Georgia College. Additionally, you should submit the application to the program of your choice with the appropriate deposit. Don't forget to check with your academic adviser and financial aid office to make sure credit will transfer back and that any aid you are eligible to receive is applied to the program.  To learn about the Transient Admissions process at GC, go here.

PLEASE NOTE: Studying abroad through Georgia College for a Summer program is typically not a problem. There are only a few summer GC faculty-led programs that do not allow non-GC students. However, Georgia College does not currently accept transient students on Semester or Academic Year programs.
While safety can never be guaranteed (whether in Milledgeville, Atlanta or overseas), Georgia College and the University System of Georgia keep abreast of all Department of State directives and watch for travel advisories to all countries where study abroad programs are located. Our faculty and staff have received appropriate information and training to help assure the safety of students and follow all security and reporting measures to the best of their ability. If Georgia College decides to cancel a study abroad program, program fees will be refunded to the fullest extent possible.

The U.S. Department of State Student Abroad website offers a lot of useful information about travel safety for education abroad.
Yes! Any student at Georgia College can study abroad. If you have a disability and are concerned about studying abroad, talk to one of our study abroad advisors to figure out which program is the best fit for your needs. 
Possibly! Many programs allow students to arrange their own flights which potentially allows students to arrive in the country early or stay after the program ends for personal travel. It also depends on the country and their visa requirements. Contact your program advisor with your questions before making any concrete arrangements.
For more details regarding COVID-19 and study abroad, please see our COVID-19 FAQ