About Study Abroad Programs
Although there are many types of international experiences in which Georgia State University students can participate, Study Abroad Programs concentrates its efforts on credit-bearing programs that take place in foreign countries. Studying abroad is the principal and arguably the quickest means through which students can begin the journey of becoming global citizens. It is also one of the most effective means of internationalizing the university. Study Abroad Programs has university-wide responsibility to provide policy, programmatic and operational direction for programs. Our office provides students the tools they need to navigate the process of designing their own study abroad experience. By taking part in an international academic experience, students will gain dynamic skills that are vital in today’s global environment, while at the same time leading the way towards helping Georgia State University achieve one of its strategic initiatives, that of internationalizing our campus.
Study Abroad Programs engages prospective study abroad students through various forms of outreach, working with them from their initial expression of interest, guiding them through advisement as they prepare to depart, and following up with them after they return through their post-program evaluation. We also equip students with ways to process this experience and apply it as they move through and beyond their career at Georgia State University. Our office is a safe space where students can feel free to confidentially discuss special travel related issues. All students, including students with disabilities, women students, gay, lesbian, and bisexual students, and minority students should feel free to discuss special travel related issues that they may face when traveling abroad. Our staff is available to speak with students about these issues and help make sure that they get the most out of their experience abroad.
Another role of Study Abroad Programs is to assist Georgia State University faculty with the development, approval, and maintenance of university-sponsored study abroad programs, of which more than three-quarters of our study abroad students take part. Maintenance of programs includes such aspects as recruitment, budgeting, and compliance with the Georgia State University Study Abroad Management Policies. Any faculty member who is interested in starting a new program should contact our office for assistance.
We also offer several programs throughout the year and connect with students early in their academic career through working closely with GSU 1010 instructors to educate their students of the benefits of and opportunities to study abroad. The Freshman Learning Community (FLC), initiated by our office in 2004, continues to be offered in two sections each fall for incoming students.
Please contact us for more information on any of the activities listed above. We look forward to working with you!