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.

  • Dubai - Spring Break 2020
    Study Abroad to Dubai

    Earn up to 6 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit by taking courses in Management and Students riding camels during a previous trip to DubaiMarketing in Dubai! During a nine-day visit over Spring Break, you'll visit businesses in various industries, such as shipping, banking and finance, marketing, tourism, and advertising. Experience guided tours in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Sites you will visit include the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa; the only 7-star hotel, the Burj Al Arab; and one of the largest Mosques in the world, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque. Dubai is also the host for the 2020 World Expo! 

    Trip dates: March 14-22, 2020.

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

    For details, contact Dr. Erich bergiel at ebergiel@westga.edu .

  • Italy - Spring Break 2020
    Study Abroad to Italy

    Earn up to 6 hours of undergraduate or graduate credit by taking courses in Economics and The Roman ColosseumMarketing. During a nine-day visit over Spring Break, you'll visit businesses in various industries, such as shipping, banking and finance, marketing, tourism, and olive production. Experience guided tours of Rome, Florence, and Milan! Sites you will visit include the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, and the Statue of David.

    Trip dates: March 13-20, 2020 

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

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

     

  • London - Summer 2019
    Study Abroad to London

    The Marketing Department's Summer 2019 Study Abroad course includes a 9-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, who can earn up to 6 hours of credit in marketing or economics. Costs for this trip range from $2,500 to $3,000 and includes airfare, single-room accommodations in University of London dorms, two meals a day, visits to businesses, and all program-related transportation and sightseeing. Scholarships are available to assist with costs.

    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.

Student Testimonial

Ryan Jordan - Vietnam trip, Spring 2019

At the beginning of our adventure, I had what I consider a stereotypical mindset of the Vietnamese people. I expected the Ryan Jordan mugVietnamese people to be fairly traditional and culturally oriented. But soon after our arrival, my perceptions were challenged and my view expanded.

In Vietnam, I saw generations of families running businesses together and taking care of the elderly. The people of Vietnam have a very kind disposition and they extend that to everyone they meet, but I was unsure how I would be received as an American. Would they accept me into their culture? To my surprise, I was not only accepted, I also felt warmly embraced by everyone I met. I had feared that since I am disabled, I may be looked at differently. But I was wrong. Not one time was I looked at differently, and I never got asked why I was walking with a cane. They seemed blind to it as I walked around the cities. My fear, as I’m now aware, was unjustified, for the people of Vietnam truly have a respectful mindset for those around them. I felt completely comfortable walking the city streets by myself or in a group. I was also surprised by how many people spoke conversational English and how easy it was to communicate with different people.

I knew from my travels and experiences around the world that I needed to keep an open mind about the local culture and people. That open mindedness, I believe, helped me better understand the Vietnamese culture, as well as help them understand me. There is now no doubt in my heart that one day I will return to Vietnam to immerse myself in their culture and continue to learn about the amazing Vietnamese people.