Education Abroad FAQs
- What is Education Abroad?
- Why should I study abroad?
- Where can I study abroad?
- How can I search for education abroad opportunities?
- What types of study abroad programs are offered through UGA?
- What are the differences between the three types of programs?
- How do I know if my credits will fit into my degree program?
- Can I go on a study abroad program through another university?
- Are there options for graduate students?
- I'm a transfer student, can I study abroad?
- What do I want to achieve through education abroad?
- How do I choose a study abroad program?
- How soon should I start planning my study abroad experience?
- What are the most important things to consider before studying abroad?
- Should I go for a short session (spring or winter break), maymester, summer, a semester, or a year? Why?
- If I don't speak a foreign language, can I still study abroad in a non-English speaking country?
- How do I know if the study abroad program I have selected is legitimate?
- Can I study abroad as a first-year or second-year student?
- I'm majoring in a science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) discipline. Are there education abroad options for me?
- Can I do all of my UGA studies abroad?
- What are my housing options?
- How do I know if I am eligible for a program?
- I am an LGBTQ student, what do I need to know about studying abroad at UGA?
- Can students with disabilities study abroad?
- Can I use my current financial aid and/or HOPE/Zell for study abroad?
- Are there specific scholarships available for study abroad?
- How do I budget for my education abroad experience?
- Can I work while I’m abroad?
You can look for information in our Resource Library (located in the Office of International Education building), which has comprehensive information on UGA Faculty-led programs, Exchanges, as well as non-UGA programs.
To search for non-UGA programs, the websites goabroad.com, studyabroad.com, and iiepassport.org are good resources.
The Study Abroad Fair is also a good resource to see many of the options available for education abroad.
You can join the Students Interested in Study Abroad listserv.
You can also see our Calendar of Events to see upcoming events and opportunities related to education abroad.
- UGA Faculty-Led Programs
- UGA Residential Centers (Italy, the UK, and Costa Rica)
- UGA Exchanges
- Non-UGA Programs
- Study with UGA faculty and students
- Usually maymester/summer for faculty-led programs, but semester options are available (particularly with the Residential Centers)
- Study abroad course registration through Athena, just like at UGA
- Earn UGA resident credit
- Structured programs with planned class schedule and activities
- Various housing types (UGA Residential Centers offer their own housing)
- Participants pay UGA tuition/fees at in-state rate
- Usually best for students who need more structure and support
- Attend an UGA exchange partner university overseas
- Semester or academic year
- Wide variety of classes to choose from
- Housing often set up through the host institution; in some cases, students may live in off-campus apartments or in homestays
- Earn transfer credit through the transfer credit approval process
- Participants pay UGA tuition/fees at in-state rate and living costs abroad
- Best for students who are seeking an immersive cultural and academic experience
- Coordinated through an education abroad provider or another institution
- Many options available in terms of location, courses to choose from and duration
- Year-long, semester, winter break, summer and maymester
- Providers act as the middle man between UGA and the school the student will be attending
- Earn transfer credit through the transfer credit approval process
- Program price usually includes instruction, housing, some meals, and cultural programming
- Give students independence to plan their own activities upon arrival in host country
- Internships, service-learning, and teaching abroad are best found through external programs
15. Should I go for a short session (spring or winter break), maymester, summer, a semester, or a year? Why? (Back to Top )It is entirely up to you! Program duration is an important factor to consider when thinking about studying abroad. It can be more cost-effective to go for a longer period of time, but you need to consider course options and your degree program as well to determine the most appropriate option for you.
16. If I don't speak a foreign language, can I still study abroad in a non-English speaking country? (Back to Top )Yes, you can. There are many programs that go to non-English-speaking countries that offer courses in English. However, we encourage that you enroll in a class in the host country language either before departure or while abroad, as it will undoubtedly be useful to you and enhance your ability to succeed (particularly mobility-wise, but also in terms of cultural integration) in your country of study.
19. I'm majoring in a science/technology/engineering/math (STEM) discipline. Are there education abroad options for me? (Back to Top )Yes, there are! There are programs out there for all majors! Our peer advisors and education abroad advisors can help students find a program that is right for them and for their academic needs.
UGA has three primary residency requirements to consider when choosing to pursue transfer credit for education abroad programs. 1) Overall, UGA requires that at least 45 credit hours be earned in residence. UGA on-campus classes, UGA faculty-led study abroad and UGA residential center programs abroad all offer resident credit. 2) In addition, the "last 45 of 60" credit hours at UGA should be earned in residence or through an approved UGA Exchange or external study abroad program. 3) Lastly, each major and minor may also require that a certain number of credits be earned in residence, which may still leave room for transfer credit study abroad programs. To avoid confusion, you should discuss your specific credit needs for study abroad with an Education Abroad advisor, as well as your academic advisor. You can also learn more about the overall UGA resident credit requirements from the UGA Bulletin. Disability Resources Center (DRC), is committed to promoting equal education opportunities and providing a welcoming academic, physical and social environment for students with disabilities at UGA and abroad. Education Abroad advisors are committed to working with students to find the right program based on individual student interests and needs, while at the same time maintaining confidentiality. As students are narrowing down their program options, they should take into consideration academics, housing, access to health care and transportation, among others. Finances page. Be sure to make an appointment with a Financial Aid officer to let them know you are considering studying abroad. Finances page for more information. by going here.
Working abroad would be more appropriate for students on semester programs. However, working in a foreign country usually requires a visa; different countries have different laws regarding foreign student workers.
For options regarding working abroad after you graduate, visit the Work, Intern, Volunteer or Teach Abroad portion of our website.