Other Study Abroad Options

Program Providers

Program Providers are for-profit businesses or nonprofit organizations that organize the logistics for overseas academic experiences. Georgia State University has a select group of providers called the “Affiliates,” which often offer discounts to Georgia State students.

Georgia State is affiliated with ISA, AIFS, API, and CEA, but there are a variety of program providers. Provider programs tend to be an all-inclusive experience, but pay attention. The program fee associated with provider programs likely does not include airfare, though you will find it covers your accommodations, some or most meals, group excursions, airport pick-up, student visa help and more. Students who participate in provider programs will attend classes and excursions with other American students and with local students in rare occasions. Typically, these programs offers a lot of core credit opportunities and fill the gap when Georgia State doesn’t have a program that fits your needs in the country you want to visit.

Tip: When searching programs on our application portal, Georgia State programs will always be listed at the top of the search results, followed by provider programs.

If you find a program not listed on our application portal, please email mystudyabroad@gsu.edu so that one of the Study Abroad Advisors can properly vet the program. If it’s not a program provider we’ve worked with previously or an international university we’re unfamiliar with, we will do some research into the organization and the institution providing credit. Your transcript must come from an accredited institution. Georgia State University does not accept transcripts from Study Abroad Study Centers.

Steps to Apply for a Provider Program

Once you've chosen a program, apply directly to the Program Provider. Ultimately, the provider will decide if you're accepted to the program or not. There may be additional forms you need to complete for the study abroad provider. If you need a study abroad advisor's signature, please contact mystudyabroad@gsu.edu.
If you've found a program through out website, login with your campus ID and password and complete an application for your program through our application portal. If your program is not listed in our database, please get in touch with a Study Abroad Advisor (if you haven't already) and we will create an application for you. This application serves two purposes:

1. You can keep track of the things you need to do at Georgia State to make your study abroad a success.
2. Georgia State can keep a record of your participation in case of emergency.

Students participating in provider programs will receive transfer credit for their study abroad experience and must complete a Transfer Credit Approval Form prior to departure. This form should be turned in to the Study Abroad Programs office once complete. For questions about this form, please contact the Study Abroad Programs office at mystudyabroad@gsu.edu and/or schedule an advising appointment.
Submit the following documents to the Financial Aid Office in person at Enrollment Services or via the dropbox outside Enrollment Services:

  1. Consortium Agreement and copy of approved Transfer Credit Approval Form. You can read more about financial aid for study abroad on our website and please visit the Financial Management Center (Sparks 227/228) to request a referral to speak with a Financial Aid advisor about study abroad.

Direct Enroll

Studying abroad by attending a foreign university as an independent student (not part of an exchange or a program provider) for a semester or year is referred as “direct enrollment.” Students may direct enroll at any accredited foreign university. This type of experience will give you a great depth of immersion since you will be enrolling at the university as a fulltime student. You will be taking classes with mostly local students and classes are usually taught in the local language, though you may be able to find English options in your host country. A Study Abroad advisor can help you determine is a foreign university looks like a good option for you, but you will need to do the research to find a university you want to attend. Please be aware that this study abroad type is best suited for independent students because you will be working directly with your host university’s international office to arrange your international experience. Depending on the country and university, the cost of directly enrolling can be very inexpensive or very expensive, so make sure to keep that in mind when deciding if this is the right path for you.

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