Center for Global Engagement
Connecting you to the world!
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 this is why we have created the following section: 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!
1. Research your program options
Take time to browse and research all of the study abroad options that North Georgia has to offer. Learn about the programs available during the summer terms, fall and spring semesters as well as throughout the year. You can start your research by surfing the Study Abroad program catalog here.
2. Choose your program
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?
3. Attend a Study Abroad information session
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. Check out an updated calendar here .
4. Make an appointment with the Study Abroad Advisor
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 North Georgia Username and Password. You may also stop by the Center for Global Engagement at 218 Price Memorial Hall.
5. Research your financial aid options
Several financing and scholarship options are available for you, so don’t be afraid to set up an appointment with your North Georgia Financial Aid Advisor to discuss your options. Also, visit our scholarship page for more information on scholarships available to you!
6. Apply for a program
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.
7. Get a passport
You will need to have a valid 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 Passport page in the US 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.
8. Pack your bags!!!
Attend the scheduled pre-departure orientations, research your destination, and pack your bags. Take lots of photos while you are there and keep in touch with us!