Information for parents
Welcome Parents! We have compiled the information below to help answer
some of the questions you may have about your son/daughter studying abroad.
However, we also feel strongly that your son/daughter should do their
own research about the study abroad experience they are about to have.
Please advise them to attend a Globe Trekker seminar in our office for
a comprehensive orientation to studying abroad. Click
here to see our
schedule of Globe Trekker seminars.
Benefits of Study Abroad
Upon their return to the U.S., students often say their study abroad
experience changed their lives. And the reasons why are as many and
as varied as the people that go. Some of the benefits of study abroad
* Earning credit toward their Georgia State University degree while
* Experiencing what they are studying firsthand. Students will find
that textbooks can't do justice to viewing a historical structure
* Building their resume for an edge in the competitive job market.
Employers in our global economy seek the skills polished by overseas
such as cultural awareness, teamwork, innovation, and flexibility.
* Acquiring or improving foreign language skills. Complete language
and cultural immersion is considered the best way to learn a language.
* Gaining a better understanding of themselves and their own country.
This is an adventure that will broaden their horizons and create more
independence, confidence, and maturity.
Most students that go abroad return exhilarated by the experience. They
bring fresh perspectives to the classroom and are more confident about
living in today's world. Studying abroad can be thought of as a wise
investment and a lifetime gift. It is something we hope everyone can
take advantage of.
Students can earn just as many credits during their term abroad as they can on
campus. So studying abroad does not necessarily mean your son or daughter will
fall behind academically. There are programs for all academic and career paths.
Credits can fulfill electives, major-related courses, or minor-related courses
depending on the program. There are summer, semester, and academic year long
programs- ranging from two weeks to nine months abroad. Your son or daughter
can meet with an Academic Advisor prior to choosing a study abroad program
to help determine which classes are needed to graduate on time and when is
the best time for them to go abroad.
Georgia State Programs
Georgia State Study Abroad Programs are led by an on-site Program Director,
who is also a professor at Georgia State. The programs have been created
by academic departments at Georgia State, and we have programs representing
all 6 colleges at Georgia State. Approximately 80 percent of Georgia
State students who study abroad participate in a Georgia State Study
Abroad Program. However, our students may choose to participate in
a Non-GSU study abroad program, as long as their transcript is coming
from an accredited institution. A Globe Trekker seminar will help students
realize all the opportunities available to them and help them decide
which program is the best fit for them.
The Study Abroad Programs office would like you to know that the safety
of our students is top priority and that university policies and procedures
are in place for all of our Georgia State University Study Abroad Programs.
As part of our policy, all of the students traveling on Georgia State
University programs receive international health insurance through
T.W. Lord & Associates, which is included in the cost of the program.
In most countries, internet cafés are
commonplace, and email is a great way to stay in touch with your son/daughter
while he/she is abroad.
Planning early is the key to making study abroad financially feasible.
For students participating in a GSU-sponsored study abroad program,
students are responsible for Georgia State tuition, study abroad program
fee, and the GSU technology fee. For students participating in a non-GSU
program, students will be responsible to pay any tuition and fees required
by the program they are participating in. These prices, of course,
do vary considerably.
Financial aid, including HOPE, is applicable to study abroad. Students
should go to the One Stop Shop in Sparks Hall to request the necessary
paperwork. If they have additional questions, they should identify themselves
as a study abroad student and ask to see an advisor.
All Georgia State students should apply to the IEF (International Education
Fee) Scholarship. The scholarship is open to all Georgia State University
students enrolled in a degree-seeking program and applying to an accredited
study abroad program. The application, instructions, and deadlines are
available at www.gsu.edu/studyabroad.
Our office also conducts a “How to Afford Study Abroad” workshop
once each semester. At this workshop, students will receive information
on a variety of scholarships, learn how to use financial aid towards
study abroad, and also hear from a panel of returned study abroad students
who will discuss creative ways to raise money for study abroad. Check
our Announcements page for the date and time of the next workshop.