Students at the College of Coastal Georgia may participate in study abroad programs offered by the University System of Georgia (USG Goes Global), affiliated partners, and third-party providers for academic study and service-learning in other countries. These programs enhance students' cultural awareness and competence, improve their global perspective, and provide hands-on knowledge in their specific programs of study. To be eligible to apply for a study abroad program, a student must:
- be enrolled in a degree program at Coastal Georgia
- be 18 years of age or older by the start of the program
- complete two semesters on campus before going abroad
- have a minimum of 2.5 cumulative grade point average at the time of application
- be in good academic, financial, and disciplinary standing
Visit the USG Goes Global Study Abroad Programs website to learn more about program offerings and the next steps on how to apply for one of these programs.
- Before Study Abroad
- During Study Abroad
- After Study Abroad
- Health and Safety
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Pre-Application Reminder
Meet with your COMPASS Center advisor to discuss how your Study Abroad plans meet your coursework needs, complete a study abroad application, and discuss course approval, transfer credit, and registration processes.
Before scheduling an appointment, it is important that you:
- Review the study abroad information on this page.
- Explore study abroad program possibilities by asking yourself these key questions:
- How long do you want to go abroad?
- When would you like to go abroad?
- What do you hope to accomplish while abroad?
- Do you want to fulfill major course requirements or take core curriculum courses?
- Do you want to improve or learn a foreign language?
- Do you want to live with a host family?
- Do you want to stay in a big city or a small town?
- Do you want to incorporate an internship into your experience?
- Review course equivalencies for your intended Study Abroad program by consulting with your COMPASS and academic advisor, if participating in one of the European Council programs, or obtaining copies of foreign course syllabi to review during your First Step information session.
- Complete the online Study Abroad Transfer Credit Form (log in here).
After completing the first step, you should schedule an appointment to meet with your COMPASS advisor to discuss your study abroad plans. This will give you an opportunity to discuss your academic plans as well as discuss potential career paths or how to begin thinking about careers in relation to your international travel, including how you feel about living or working abroad, and ways to get professional experience while overseas.
Once you have approval for study abroad courses you plan to enroll in with your academic advisor's permission, please contact the Office of Financial Aid to schedule a counseling meeting to determine eligibility for financial aid, including Pell Grant, Federal Direct Loans, and/or HOPE Scholarship, to use towards payment of a study abroad program. Please refer to the Study Abroad Using Financial Aid information sheet prior to meeting with your financial aid counselor. The Office of Financial Aid can be reached at 912.279.5722, or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students will need to obtain a passport and ensure that it will be valid for at least six months beyond the expected stay abroad.
- Take a photocopy of the signature and photo page of your passport, visa, and other essential documents for ease in replacing them if lost or stolen. Email this to yourself and pack a copy in a secure place separate from your passport.
- Leave a photocopy of these items with a close friend or family member who could fax it to you if you lose all copies and need to replace your passport while abroad.
In many countries, students are required to obtain a visa in order to study for a summer, semester, or year. To learn more about visas, visit U.S. Department of State Visa Information.
To maintain your nonimmigrant status, international students need to contact the Office of Admissions before traveling on a study abroad program to obtain a travel signature on their I-20/DS-2019.
During their study abroad program, students may experience physical and emotional discomfort from being in another country or in a place different from their place of origin. In order to effectively manage that change, the following suggestions are offered:
- Be flexible; tolerate ambiguity; expect things to be different.
- Be patient; don't try to understand everything immediately.
- Give yourself permission to fail; experiment with new customs.
- Develop a sense of humor; don't take things too seriously.
- Identify cultural informants who can help you learn.
- If problems arise, assume your share of the responsibility.
Cultural adjustment occurs in phases, and students may experience the various phases with differing levels of intensity.
Students can also prepare for cultural adjustment before going abroad by reading books about the culture, travel guide books, local magazines or newspapers, and by meeting people from the country you will be visiting. The web resource "What's Up With Culture?" is also a useful tool aimed at enhancing successful cultural adjustment for study abroad participants.
Community & Conduct
Students studying abroad are expected to uphold the same behavioral standards as a member of the Mariner community. You have the honor of being an ambassador for the College of Coastal Georgia. As such, students are held to the same standards as other students outlined in the Student Code of Conduct. Please review this document before departing for your study abroad program.
Violations of the Code of Conduct, Academic Integrity Policy, or other Federal/State/Local laws/Laws of a Foreign Country are subject to disciplinary action by the College regardless of whether the action occurred on or off-campus as long as the student is currently enrolled at the College.
Before a student travels abroad, s/he will be asked to complete the following forms:
Review the resources below if you would like to minimize your ecological footprint while traveling abroad.
Reverse Culture Shock
Reverse culture shock is part of the re-entry adjustment process after returning home from an education abroad experience. Reverse culture shock may include many feelings of boredom/frustration/uncertainty/negativity towards American behavior, reverse homesickness, feelings of resistance/resentment toward family and friends. The length of time that the readjustment phase lasts typically varies from student to student and depends on the individual. The important thing is to be patient with yourself during this adjustment period.
Staying Involved After You Return
Once you return from study abroad, there are ways to stay globally-minded. Not only are there opportunities to work or volunteer on campus, there are also internationally-themed courses, groups, and organizations.
Market Your International Experience
While your experiences are fresh in your mind, think about how to describe what you've learned about yourself and the world to a potential employer or on a graduate school application (if you took specific courses that demonstrate a knowledge base that is relevant to a job you are applying for). If the courses you took were not directly related to a job you are applying for, a brief description of your study abroad experience might be more appropriate than a list of course titles.
The U.S. Department of State's travel website has resources for students abroad, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention has location-specific packing lists for students traveling abroad. Check out their page dedicated to studying abroad here.
The CDC provides immunization information. The EPA's insect repellant calculator, or the CDC's bug bite prevention page are great resources. The CDC has an app called "Can I Eat This," that can help you figure out if food is safe to eat.
Safety and Security
The College of Coastal Georgia does not send students for study abroad in countries under current U.S. Department of State Travel Warnings. Students are strongly advised against personal travel in their free time to countries under current travel warnings. See travel advisories here.
Emergency response procedures
In the event of an emergency or crisis, the first point of contact for students should always be the faculty or program director. They are well-prepared to lead an education abroad program and are trusted on behalf of the institution to lead the program. There are situations where students may not feel comfortable, and in those cases, they should follow faculty protocol.
Health and Accident Insurance
The University System of Georgia has negotiated an insurance policy with CISI (Cultural Insurance Services International) for all study abroad participants in USG study abroad programs. If you would like more information on study abroad insurance for USG study abroad participants (students and accompanying faculty/staff), or you are a currently-enrolled participant, you may find more information at CISI USG Study Abroad Programs.
If you are a student who is interested in participating in a study abroad program, and you have a disability or condition that may affect your academics, traveling, or overall experience in the program, please make an appointment with the Office of Disability Services. You can contact Jennifer Zak, Director of Counseling and Disability Services, at 912.279.5806, or email@example.com.
The resources below may be helpful when considering a study abroad opportunity:
- Mobility Abroad
- Students with a disability or condition that may affect their education abroad are offered support resources for international travel.
- First Generation Students Abroad
- Students who are the first in their family to go to college and are offered the opportunity to study abroad have several resources at their disposal to plan for an international experience.
- LGBTQ Students Abroad
- For students who identify with the LGBTQ community, studying abroad resources are available to learn about gender expression and identity abroad.
- Race, Ethnicity, and Nationality Abroad
- Here, you can find helpful information about racial, ethnic, and nationality considerations abroad.
- Religion and Spiritual Life Abroad
- The Pluralism Project engages people with the realities of religious diversity. The website offers extensive information on world religions, and focuses on the meaning of religious pluralism.
- Woman Abroad
- Students of all genders may encounter cultural, legal, and social issues affecting gender roles and relationships while studying abroad.
As you explore Study Abroad programs, please discuss your plans with your COMPASS advisor to ensure courses will transfer into your program of study. Once study abroad courses have been identified, you need to complete the online Study Abroad Transfer Credit (log in here).