GC now facilitates opportunities to study abroad on every continent, including Antarctica.
Advisors are excited to help students get involved in the successful programs that have returned along with a variety of new programs that have become available at GC.
Jarris Lanham, one of GC’s study abroad advisors, said around 280 students study abroad each year. This puts GC in the top three study abroad institutions in Georgia by student percentage.
Lanham said he is thrilled about new developments specifically for business students. GC’s study abroad staff said that international education can give business students in particular an edge over competition at home. Experiences like these can broaden a resume and allow students to network in their respective fields.
One of these programs travels to Germany and the Netherlands and offers a GC2Y course, while the other focuses on International Business Experience in the Netherlands, Belgium and Germany. Students will have the chance to visit international companies to supplement their classroom learning on both of the trips. Senior Patrick Steimer, a liberal studies major who works at the Bone House, said he believes GC faculty-led programs are very successful because of the variety of interests they are designed to meet.
One of these opportunities is a returning environmental sustainability curriculum in Zambia led by Christine Mutiti, an environmental science professor, and Samuel Mutiti, a geology professor.
“One of the good things about study abroad is it gives you the opportunity to take classes that aren’t usually offered on campus, and those classes are usually geared specifically toward the environment that you’re learning in,” Steimer said. “I just love art history, and I normally don’t get to explore that kind of area on campus. You can study [at GC] and see the pictures of art, or you can go abroad to Italy and go into all the beautiful museums and see them firsthand. It’s a very different experience.”
Steimer studied in Montepulciano, a small village in Tuscany, through a GC faculty-led program in the summer of 2017.
“It’s almost like you’re stepping back in time,” Steimer said. “It looks exactly like it would have 500 years ago.”
While summer sessions, which are usually five weeks long, are most popular, there are also semester and year-long sessions available. Applications are now open for a Fall 2019 semester program based in Argentina and Antarctica.
Additionally, for the first time in a few years a winter break session will be offered. Spanish students will be able to take an upper-level course in Colombia.
Through GC’s partners ISA (International Studies Abroad) and SIT (School for International Training), students have access to programs in every discipline and every continent.
Study abroad advisors are also keen to help students financially prepare to go abroad. Students should start planning months in advance with study abroad staff and financial aid advisors.
HOPE and Zell Miller grants will cover tuition abroad, and federal aid can also be applied. A number of institutional scholarships are accessible along with resources for outside organizations. The International Education Center also encourages students to start fundraising projects.
Students can attend information sessions at the historic Bone House across the street from the Old Governor’s Mansion. Sessions are held every Monday through Thursday at 2 p.m.
The International Education Center is also gearing up for winter, spring and summer 2019 session applicants by hosting events to engage interested students.
On Sept. 19 at the Opportunities Abroad Fair, students will have the chance to meet program directors and providers along with advisors and former study abroad participants.