Study Abroad Overview
Come to the International Education Center in 223 Lanier Hall for an introduction to the study abroad process, most sessions last approximately 30 minutes allowing time for questions. Contact the International Education Center at (478) 445-4789 or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out when the next introductory session will be held.
Enhance Your Degree
Incorporate your degree program with an international experience and give yourself a higher level of marketability than your peers and fellow graduates.
"Study abroad will change the way you look at yourself, your community, and the broader world! In the global context of the 21st century, students who include first-hand experience with diverse cultures are better prepared to succeed as leaders in their chosen profession. All GC students are encouraged to study abroad, and our International Education Center staff can help you!"
– President Dorothy Leland, Georgia College & State University
Two Types of Study Abroad for Two Totally Unique Experiences
Maymester and Summer Programs
Maymester and summer programs combine classroom instruction with an international context that offers a rich background for discussion and intercultural experiences. Georgia students are taught by Georgia faculty in locations all around the world in programs lasting from 3-5 weeks.
Semester and Year Exchange Programs
The semester and year exchange programs are fully immersive programs with direct enrollment in a foreign university. Possibilities exist in over 30 countries and in virtually every discipline. It is a great way to meet new diverse people, learn a language, or support your resume!
The International Education Center will help you research your options and find the right program for you. To guarantee space availability, apply at least six months before going abroad. In addition to submitting your program application, you need to also register for study abroad classes through GC, where you will receive credit for the classes taken.
Our Staff will Help
Our staff will assist with pre-departure preparations and provide an orientation, including program itinerary, course content, cross-cultural communication skills and other important information. All GC study abroad participants are required to attend a scheduled general orientation, as well as the program-specific orientation planned by your program director. The GC Student Code of Conduct applies on all GC study abroad programs.
HOPE and Other Scholarships
The Financial Aid Office has information on the HOPE Scholarship, Pell Grant and Stafford Loans. The International Education Center can help with the Weir/Wells Scholarships and STARS Grants. Our staff can assist with the determination of costs for each individual program.
You can …
- Study almost anywhere in the world
- Receive financial aid and scholarships to assist with the cost
- Earn academic credit in Core or major courses
- Study in English or learn a new language
- Gain cross-cultural competence
- Gain a deeper understanding of international, political and economic issues
- Distinguish yourself on your resume
- Have the best experience of your life!
"Study abroad is an essential part of your liberal arts education and will enable you to step out of your narrow, one-dimensional universe and learn to analyze world issues from various points of view. Study abroad provides the perfect opportunity to broaden your vision and see things as people in other cultures do."
– Dr. Dwight Call, Assistant Vice President for International Education, GC
"To test the borders of what you think you know about yourself, you must find a place where you leave behind the comforts of the known. To study abroad means to find a place where your strength and determination will be tested and strained. The reward is when you surpass all challenges and return home with a new and truer image of yourself to share with your family and friends."
- Rebecca Miller, Kansai Gaidai University, Japan, Academic Year 2005
"Study abroad jump-started my undergraduate career. No longer was I simply going to classes and coming home, but I was continually immersed in learning. The value of study abroad is that it allows people to realize that there are other cultures out there, different values, different ways of looking at the world."
– Michael Rifenburg, St. Petersburg, Russia, Summer 2003
"Every student should take the opportunity to study abroad. With the HOPE scholarship and financial aid packages available, study abroad is possible for every student. I believe it is the perfect capstone of a college education."
- Monica Rifenburg, mother of Michael Rifenburg
International Education Center
Georgia College & State University
223 Lanier Hall
Campus Box 49
Dr. Dwight Call