81% of GSU study abroad students receive GSU scholarship funding in 2018-2019.
82.9% of students studied abroad on faculty-led programs in 2018-2019.
"This study abroad experience provided our students with the opportunity to quickly assess occupation-based needs and recommend treatments to improve the quality of life for individuals and their caregivers who otherwise were not receiving specialized services."
-Emily Buchman, Clinical Assistant Professor in Occupational Therapy
The Study Abroad Programs Office collaborates with colleagues and departments across campus. Academic advisors play a special and important role in the study abroad process for GSU students. Many students indicate that they first heard about studying abroad from their advisor or that they decided to apply based on advisor encouragement.
Academic Talking Points
- Students can choose from numerous approved GSU programs, or any accredited non-GSU program and receive credit for the experience. To receive credit for an experience abroad, students must meet with a study abroad advisor in advance of their time abroad.
- Students can get General Education, Elective, Major, or Minor credit, depending on their degree requirements.
- GSU students can meet with a Study Abroad Advisor to discuss their plans.
- The SAP office can help students find classes, participate in internships, or conduct research abroad.
- Classes can be in English in all locations (unless the program is specifically language-intensive).
Financial Talking Points
- Programs vary in cost based on program type and length of term. Students can get a general estimate of the difference with our Program Type Comparison.
- Financial aid (Pell, Hope, grants, loans, some scholarships) can be applied to study abroad program fees.
- Study Abroad Programs encourages students to meet with Financial Aid to discuss how their financial aid package can travel with them.
- There are many scholarships available for every student. Some are need-based, merit-based, program-specific, location-based, and many others. Visit our Scholarships page for a list of the most frequently awarded scholarships.
Planning and Application Stage
- Talk about studying abroad during relevant advising appointments and refer students to our Student page.
- Assist students in identifying needed course credits and help them understand whether a study abroad course is a good match.
- Help students determine the best time to study abroad based on their degree program and schedule.
Support for Students Participating in Semester or Academic Year Programs
- Work with students to complete the Transfer Credit Approval Form [link a watermarked version as an example] once they have selected a program and submitted their application.
- Advise students on degree-seeking courses that can be taken abroad.
- Complete Step 5: Ideal Registration Plan on the TCAF by reviewing the approved courses identified and helping the student create a registration plan by marking which courses you recommend they enroll in to stay on track for graduation.
- Please confirm whether each course on the registration plan is CPoS compliant.
- Advise students regarding registration dates for the term following their study abroad experience.
Consider leading a study abroad program.
Proposing a New Program
Five steps to propose a new program:
- Meet with Laura Boudon, Ph.D. ([email protected]), Director of Study Abroad Programs, about your new study abroad program.
- Speak to your Chair about your interest in leading a study abroad program and about departmental (budgetary and academic) support for your program.
- Attend the Study Abroad Proposal Workshop offered each April.
- Apply for site visit funding by May 1 of each year.
- Propose your new study abroad program by June 1 using the proposal documents below:
COVID-19 Guidance for Program Directors
Consider an exchange agreement with a university abroad
Learn about how International Partnerships and Agreements at GSU supports faculty in the creation of international exchange agreements, international research and grants here
Learn about establishing a new exchange agreement by emailing [email protected].
Here we've compiled essential Study Abroad resources for faculty and staff.