The University offers a range of study-abroad options for students at all levels of their academic careers. Freshman and sophomore students may participate in short-term programs that offer core-level courses; juniors and seniors may participate in programs lasting from two weeks to a year that offer specialized coursework in their majors. Students may select programs taught in English or may participate in language immersion programs in Spanish, French and German. The Office of Education Abroad provides advising to help each student choose the program and coursework that best fits his or her academic needs and interests.
Short-term program offerings vary from year to year, and students should visit the study abroad website (http://studyabroad.westga.edu) or the Office of Education Abroad on the first floor of Gunn Hall for a complete list of opportunities. Many short-term programs are designed for students who have not traveled extensively and provide a mix of classroom instruction and site-specific field trips, with airfare, housing and some meals usually included in the program fee. For upperclassmen interested in specialized semester-long programs, the university offers exchange programs in several European countries, in South America and in Australia. Exchange students generally pay on-campus tuition and fees while studying at the exchange partner institution.
Students who participate in study abroad programs or semester exchanges may apply their current financial aid, including Hope scholarship funds, to their study abroad program fees. In addition, students may apply for study abroad scholarships through the study abroad website.