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Study Abroad with University of North Georgia Video Transcript

Intro music plays and the Center for Global Engagement logo is displayed followed by several photos representing student experiences abroad. "Study Abroad - Connecting you to the world!" displays before the narrator begins speaking.

Have you ever dreamed of traveling the world, seeing magnificent sites, and experiencing people of different nationalities and cultures? Did you know that this kind of international experience is highly sought after by top-level businesses across the U.S.? Did you know that you can earn credits toward your major at North Georgia by enrolling in a study abroad program? The Center for Global Engagement offers this life-changing experience to students dedicated to experiencing another culture, or for those who simply want to enhance their resumes for future employment.

"The Center for Global Engagement is focused on internationalization. We are focused on internationalizing and globalizing our campuses, bringing in an international flavor to the campuses, and serving international students who are on our campuses, as well as assisting students who wish to study abroad."

"Someone coming right out of college may be at a disadvantage from an experience standpoint, but when you throw a second language on the resume, and you actually show that that real-world skill-set does exist, that actually rises those folks to the top especially when you're considering a position that may grow into managing folks overseas, or things such as that."

"In an era where jobs are hard to come by, it makes you tremendously marketable to be able to say that you have various experience living and studying abroad, and being immersed in cultures other than the one that is native to you."

(narrator speaks) The best time to take advantage of travel opportunities is while you are still in school. You can travel with your peers, utilize financial aid and scholarships, and all while earning credits toward your major. We offer short-term semester, or year-long study abroad program opportunities.

"We also have faculty-led programs. We have faculty of North Georgia I've personally taught two of those programs in South America, in Chile, and I took a group of students from North Georgia in a five-week, study abroad program where we were teaching classes that we would have taught here, on campus, during the summer, instead in a foreign environment."

"I'm in Beijing, China at Tsinghua University. I'm here to study abroad and learn Chinese. When you're at North Georgia, it's a lot harder in the classroom, or around campus, when you're around all your friends, to become proficient in a language because you're not speaking it all the time. You're speaking it in the classroom, but not as much as you should be. It's the best learning experience you could have when you want to learn a language, especially like Chinese. You're constantly surrounded by Chinese people. You're forced to speak Chinese, and because you're forced to speak it, then you're forced to learn it.

"A lot of students, when they first come and meet with an advisor, they're a little bit worried about the financial aspect of studying abroad, and depending on the program that they choose, it really isn't much more of a cost to them than it would be to study at University of North Georgia."

(narrator speaks) A study abroad program provides students with the opportunity to immerse themselves in the cultures which they've been studying.

"Ultimately what it's doing is it's taking a cognitive skill, and it's putting it to work in a real-life situation with real-life skills."

"I want to practice my Spanish and it actually ended up being something much more, and it actually ended up making me change my major."

"I went to different markets where you get to barter with people, and I got compliments that they didn't even realize I was an American, because even with my limited vocabulary at the time, I was able to carry out a conversation to an extent, and then I would reach a point when I would just be like, 'Oh, I'm sorry, I don't know what you're saying.'"

"I really wanted to experience something that was different - a different culture, and a different community."

"I feel like once you travel once and make a trip, you learn from it. And it's a continual process; it's a continual learning process and so I really, if I wanted to plan a trip to Europe today I feel like I could. And I feel like my study abroad experience gave me the knowledge to do that."

"The advice that I would give to someone studying abroad would be just to expect your life to change. I know everyone says that, but, I mean, my eyes were opened to so many things that I never thought I would change just in one week."

"Even though they're on the other side of the world, they're no different than you and it kind of gives you a sense that.. a sense of community on a global scale."

"It can be a little intimidating, and I think people are kind of hesitant to do it, 'cause they're afraid of being away from their family for an extended amount of time, but it's really it's such a great experience. It's worth, you know, everything, and, like I said, the CGE is here to help you with all of that."

"It is the best thing that you could ever do in your life to reflect back and say, 'I did that.'"

(narrator speaks while video transitions through clips of the staff working) The Center for Global Engagement staff serves as an advisory team to support you throughout the selection and application process, so that you can focus on your dream of studying abroad. One-on-one assistance will provide you with the confidence to take that critical step in launching a lifetime of opportunity.

"Once you kind of choose a program, the study abroad advisors are there to assist you every step of the way, in your application, scholarship essays that you may write, and apply for, helping you with pre-departure information that you may need before you go abroad."

"We try to give the student a framework of what to expect in the culture, some different helpful tips. We also talk about travel advice. We talk about safety."

"We offer a variety of programs from short-term to long-term that really give a good range for students, even if you've never taken a foreign language class before."

"Any additional language and culture experience that you can give yourself is a door that you're opening for your future."

As globalization increasingly becomes part of our daily nomenclature, North Georgia believes that it's important to prepare students to engage in solving global problems. Through cultural immersion, you will become the ethical and global stewards of our world's system. Study Abroad will allow you to engage in the broader world and explore the social, cultural, and economic divisions that will challenge us in the 21st century. Take that step and let us help connect you to the world! 

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