Why study abroad?

Studying abroad will help your career, give you a unique resume, and give you the competitive edge you need for today's job market. Develop cross-cultural communication skills, gain the ability to analyze and adjust to local customs and cultural contexts. Sharpen your flexibility, maturity, independence, and adaptability.

Partial Semester Study Abroad

Partial Semester Programs offer a study abroad opportunity for the beginning or intermediate traveler and are sponsored by individual Richards College Departments. You will be registered for at least one 3-hour Special Topics in Business course. As part of the course, you will travel with your professor for approximately one to two weeks. You must have taken 45 credit hours to be eligible to register for Special Topics in Business courses. Want more information? See below.

  • Greece - Spring Break 2019
    Study Abroad to Greece

    Earn up to 6 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit by taking courses in Economics and A picturesque view of the colorful homes lining the coast on the Islands of Greece, one of the destinations for this study abroad trip.Marketing in beautiful Greece. During a nine-day visit over Spring Break, you'll visit business in various industries, such as shipping, banking and finance, marketing, tourism, and olive production. Experience guided tours around Athens and Delphi. Sites you will visit include the Acropolis, the Parthenon, the Temple of Apollo at Delphi, and the islands of Hydra, Poros, and Aegina. 

    Trip dates: March 15-23, 2019.

    Capacity is limited. Apply at studyabroad.westga.edu

    For details, contact Dr. David Boldt at dboldt@westga.edu or Dr. Salil Talpade at stalpade@westga.edu

  • Vietnam - Spring Break 2019
    Study Abroad to Vietnam

    One of the world's leading emerging markets, Vietnam is a land of staggering natural beauty andVietnamese island cultural complexities, of dynamic megacities and hill-tribe villages, both exotic and compelling. During this once-in-a-lifetime adventure, you will learn about the economy, visit world-class businesses, and experience the unique culture all while earning up to six class credits with the Management Department over spring break. This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

    Trip dates: March 15-24, 2019  

    Capacity is limited. Apply at studyabroad.westga.edu.

    For details, contact Dr. John Upson at jupson@westga.edu or Liz Runyan at lrunyan@westga.edu


  • London - Summer 2019
    Study Abroad to London

    The Marketing Department's Summer 2019 Study Abroad course will include a 10-day trip to London group photoLondon during Summer Session III. While in London, students will visit a variety of international business firms and have numerous opportunities for direct interaction with top executives and business professionals. Students will also go on day trips to Windsor Castle, Oxford University, and Stonehenge. This course is open to both undergraduate and graduate students.

    Trip dates: July 5-14, 2019  

    Capacity is limited. Apply by Jan. 31 at studyabroad.westga.edu.

    For details, contact Tabitha Webster at twebster@westga.edu.


Full Semester and Year Study Abroad Programs

Full semester and full year programs are offered as part of the Richards College of Business Student Exchange Program through universities in Germany and France.  Take classes in English!  Opportunities available for Undergraduate and Graduate students.

  • Travel Checklist - France
    Study Abroad to France Checklist
    1. Apply for passport. Link to Find Your Passport Facility Page.
    2. Talk to your advisor about which program you want to participate in, then get your learning agreement approved by the Department Chair.
    3. Complete your FAFSA using the Federal Student Aid site and Register with the Office of Education Abroad at this link
    4. Apply for a Study Abroad Scholarship at this link.
    5. Apply to ESCEM in France by contacting Prof. Simone Lee at slee@westga.edu and scheduling a time to bring her your application form and photo, passport and driver's license, academic transcripts, and resume with cover letter. 
    6. After receiving your acceptance letter, you will be emailed a housing preference survey 6-8 weeks prior to departure.
    7. Take learning agreement to Prof. Simone Lee for approval. 
    8. Register with the campus in France by creating a PASTEL account and mailing your official ESEM acceptance letter and Money Order to  CampusFrance, 4101 Reservoir Rd. NW, Washington DC 20007. Make your Money Order payable to CampusFrance - La Maison Française and include your CampusFrance ID number. Here is a useful link to CampusFrance.
    9. Make your flight reservation after receiving your confirmation email from CampusFrance and proof of payment from PASTEL.
    10. Schedule an appointment with the French Consulate to get your Student Visa by calling 404-495-1660.
    11. Purchase health insurance (optional).
  • Sample Travel Budget
    Sample Budget for Poitiers, France
    One-time costs:

    OFII Application - $72
    Health Insurance - $277
    Round-trip flight - $1,400
    Train tickets to and from Poitiers - $100
    Carte de Jeune - $65
    UWG Travel Insurance - $85

    Monthly costs:

    Rent - $308
    Food - $175
    Local transportation - $15
    Phone - $27
    Entertainment - $70 

  • Apps for Travel
    Suggested Apps for Traveling
    • Google Translate
      Easier than carrying around a language dictionary. Needs wifi to function.
    • City Maps 2Go
      Allows you to pre-download city maps and can track your movement along the map without wifi connection.
    • A unit converting App
      Europe uses the metric system and measures degrees in Celsius. This will be helpful until you get used to the conversions.
    • WhatsApp
      This App is very widely used internationally as an international messaging App that uses wifi. 
    • xe Currency Converter
      Gives you up-to-date information about exchange rates of every currency. Great for finding out if you're spending more than you think on something.
    • Sound Hound
      You will hear new music while you're traveling and will want to find it later. Without wifi, this App will listen to the music and provide you with the song's information when you reconnect to wifi.