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Study Abroad FAQ

Where can I go?
What can I study?
What kind of programs are there?
Who is eligible to go on study abroad?
How do I apply?
Do I need additional insurance?
What is the payment and refund policy?
Is financial aid available?
Do I need to know a foreign language to study abroad?
What if I can't find a program that suits me and my needs?
I don't go to Georgia College, but I want to go on one of your programs. What do I need to do?
Is it really safe to travel abroad?


Q: Where can I go on study abroad?

A: You can go almost anywhere you want! We have over 25 Summer and Maymester programs in Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, the Caribbean, and Australia. We also have Semester and Academic Year programs available on every continent except Antarctica! 
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Q: What can I study?

A: Our Summer and Maymester study abroad programs offer a full range of lower- and upper- division courses that may fit into your core, major, or satisfy upper-level elective requirements. For a complete list of courses on this year's program, visit the International Education Center in the Bone House or open this Excel file: 
Course Handout.xlsx.


On Semester and Academic Year programs, students usually take upper-level courses that fit into 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.
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Q: What kind of programs are there?

A: 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 Maymester and Summer terms. 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. 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 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 five high quality outside organizations to provide additional opportunities to our students. More details for each opportunity can be found through the program search or by meeting with an adviser at the International Education Center.
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Q: Who is eligible to go on study abroad?

A: Any Georgia College student in good standing (this includes academic and disciplinary matters) is eligible to study on Summer and Maymester programs. 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.
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Q: How do I apply?

A: For Summer and Maymester programs, you simply need to select your program of choice through the search function on this site, submit an application by logging in with your Unify username and password. You will then be prompted to pay a deposit online and complete some questionnaires. Some programs also require photographs or additional steps. Please note - your seat on the program will not be reserved until you have paid the deposit or application fee!

For Semester and Academic Year programs, you will need to submit an application at gcsu.edu/studyabroad and the application for your proposed host university or program, pay all required deposits, pay insurance fees, complete the course approval form, arrange for a language evaluation (if required), and arrange for an interview with the Study Abroad Adviser in the International Education Center.
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Q: Do I need additional insurance?

A: YES! Insurance is included in the cost of all of our summer and Maymester study abroad programs. If insurance is not included in the cost of your program, we will 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.
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Q: What is the payment and refund policy?

A: 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 institution. In the case of Georgia College programs, the program fee will typically be broken into three or more payments (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. 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. If unforeseen events require the shortening of a program after arrival in-country, the International Education Center will determine an equitable, prorated refund.
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Q: Is financial aid available?

A: YES! The HOPE scholarship 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 also many other study abroad scholarships available through outside organizations. Check out our Funding Resources page for more information.
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Q: Do I need to know a foreign language to study abroad?

A: No. Nearly all of our Summer and Maymester programs are taught by University System of Georgia faculty and are, therefore, 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.
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Q: What if I can't find a program that suits me and my needs?

A: Set up an appointment with the study abroad adviser for more individualized advisement. 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 may not be applicable to your program of choice.
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Q: I don't go to Georgia College, but I want to go on one of your programs. What do I need to do?

A: 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 also made out to Georgia College. 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 for is applied to the program.

PLEASE NOTE: Studying abroad through Georgia College for a Summer or Maymester program is typically not a problem. Georgia College does not currently accept transient students on Semester or Academic Year programs.
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Q: I've been hearing a lot about terrorist attacks, rioting, bombings, and flu outbreaks. Is it really safe to travel abroad?

A: While safety can never be guaranteed (whether in Milledgeville, Atlanta or overseas), Georgia College and the University System of Georgia keep abreast 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 our 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.
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