The world is a classroom for UGA students

July 31, 2014
by Jere W. Morehead, President

While many of our students leave campus over the summer, some of them leave Georgia and the U.S. entirely to continue their education abroad in one of the University of Georgia’s many international programs. Study abroad opportunities offer students a unique way to see the world and to learn new perspectives. At a time when global connections are increasingly important to economic growth and relationships, studying abroad can be an invaluable experience for our students as they prepare to enter the workforce.

Led by our Office of International Education and faculty who are active in international research and educational opportunities, we have a robust international education program. UGA ranks 15th among all U.S. institutions for study abroad, with more than 2,000 students earning academic credit for international education. UGA offers 192 study abroad and exchange programs. We have year-round residential centers in Oxford, England; Cortona, Italy; and in the Monteverde region of Costa Rica. This year, 13 UGA students were awarded the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, four received Boren Scholarships and three were awarded the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship for summer study abroad opportunities.

It takes a bold, inquisitive and adventurous student to seek out international learning opportunities. Thanks to the thousands of students willing to take these journeys and to the dedicated faculty and staff who make these opportunities possible and safe for students, UGA is helping to create a globally aware workforce better prepared for tomorrow’s challenges.