Mary Alice Allen
Study Abroad Coordinator and Scholarships Advisor, Office of International Education
As of 2011, 41 percent of Georgia Tech undergraduate students will graduate with an international experience. Georgia Tech Study Abroad Programs span every continent and every academic discipline. Whether it is an exchange program, faculty-led program, or study/work abroad program, the Office of International Education (www.oie.gatech.edu) offers Tech students a variety of ways to expand their horizons and develop intercultural competencies while earning their Georgia Tech degree. As an added bonus, students enrolled in a study abroad program can use their institutional financial aid for studying abroad, and most programs offer in-state tuition for all students (plus a $250 flat fee for non-resident students). In addition, there are some national scholarships available specifically for students who are studying abroad.
Application deadlines for summer 2012, fall 2012, and academic year (AY) 2012-2013 study abroad programs are coming up fast and differ slightly by program. Deadlines and procedures for applying to study abroad can be found under the âApply Nowâ section of the OIE website www.oie.gatech.edu.
Upcoming application deadlines for 2012 programs are as follows:
January 15: China/Singapore - Beijing/Singapore Summer Program for ISyE students
January 20: Japan - AY programs at Tokyo Tech and Waseda
February 1: Many fall and AY exchange programs
February 15: Most other summer, fall and AY programs
March 16: France - GT-Lorraine Undergraduate Program for fall
*Please note if the deadline falls on a weekend or holiday, students may turn in their application on the following business day.
**Please also note that students receiving financial aid who are planning to study abroad during the summer term will need to complete a summer financial aid application by February 15, available on the Office of Scholarships and Financial Aid website, www.finaid.gatech.edu/summer.
Scholarships can also help students offset the cost of studying abroad. Click here for more information on study abroad scholarships. Below are details including application deadlines for a few selected study abroad scholarships:
January 25: Campus deadline for Boren Scholarship www.borenawards.org for summer, fall and AY. Available to undergraduate students studying outside of Western Europe.
January 31: Application deadline for DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Scholarship www.daad.org for 2012-2013. Available to students studying in Germany for 4-10 months
February 15: Campus deadline for Freeman Award for Study in Asia www.iie.org/en/Programs/Freeman-ASIA for summer study abroad (eight weeks or longer).
February 16: Campus deadline for Gilman International Scholarship www.iie.org/gilman for summer, fall and AY. Available to Pell Grant recipients only.
February 29: Deadline for Georgia Tech sponsored scholarships for summer, fall and AY. Available to Georgia Tech undergraduate students. Click here to apply.
For more information on Georgia Tech Study Abroad Programs, visit www.oie.gatech.edu/sa.