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Planning Your Study Abroad Experience

By visiting this page, you have taken the first step towards your study abroad experience! Planning to study abroad can be a little intimidating at first, but the following section is designed to help you ask the appropriate questions and ensure that you find the right program for you! Use the steps below as a guideline to jump start your study abroad experience!

Check our calendar for dates and times of information sessions. In addition to information sessions, you might also consider meeting with one of our International Peer Advisors (IPAs). Talk with past study abroad students to gain insight on studying abroad. These forums can introduce you to the opportunities and possibilities you never knew existed. Soak up all the information you can in order to narrow your decision to a couple of options before meeting with an advisor to discuss it further. Information sessions are offered throughout the Fall and Spring semesters.

IPAs use their previous study abroad experiences to advise their peers through the study abroad application process. Their purpose is to assist in answering preliminary study abroad questions while offering a student perspective.

Take time to browse and research all of the study abroad options that the University of North Georgia (UNG) has to offer. Learn about the programs available during the summer, fall and spring semesters as well as throughout the year. You can start your research by reviewing all the study abroad programs.

When looking for a program, it is important to keep in mind your geographic, language and cultural interests, as well as your academic interests and personal goals. Not all programs are right for everyone, so think about what kind of program would best suit your needs. This decision depends on your comfort level and own expectations for studying abroad.

The questions below can help you narrow your search:

  • How long do you want to go abroad?
  • When would you like to go abroad?
  • What do you hope to accomplish while abroad?
  • Do you want to fulfill major requirements or take core curriculum courses?
  • Do you want to improve or learn a foreign language?
  • Do you want to live with a host family?
  • Do you want to stay in a big city or a small town?
  • Do you want to incorporate an internship into your experience?

Meeting with one of our study abroad advisors will help you clarify and define your goals and program needs. The study abroad advisors will also assist you in the selection of a program based on your qualifications and interests. To set up an appointment, register with the Study Abroad Online System and complete the advising questionnaire. You may log in to the system with your University of North Georgia username and password. You may also stop by one of the Center for Global Engagement office locations.

Your advisor will also help you with what is required and how to apply for an education abroad experience. 

We recommend that you submit your application early. Check with the CGE to be certain of the deadlines as they are different with each program.

You will need to have a valid U.S. passport to be able to study abroad. If you do not have a valid U.S. passport, please apply for one immediately. Processing times vary, but generally it takes about 4-6 weeks to receive a new passport. For more information on what you will need to obtain a passport, please visit the U.S. Department of State website.

If you already have a passport, make sure the expiration date is at least 6 months after your scheduled return. If you need to renew your passport, allow 4-6 weeks as well. Once you have received your passport, please make a copy of it and turn it in with your application for the study abroad program of your choice at the Center for Global Engagement.

Several financing and scholarship options are available for you, so don’t be afraid to set up an appointment with Financial Aid to discuss your options. 

We recommend that you submit your application early. Check with the CGE to be certain of the deadlines as they are different with each program.

Check our calendar for dates and times of pre-departure orientation. Research your destination, and pack your bags. Take lots of photos while you are there and keep in touch with us!

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