Frequently Asked Questions
FAQYou may think that the details and requirements for study abroad are overwhelming and endless, but don’t let the details stop you from realizing your studying abroad goals. We've got some answers.
___________________________________________________Choosing a program/ Application Process
- What programs are offered?
- How do I apply for a study abroad program?
- Who can I contact if I am interested in studying abroad?
- How many credits can I earn while abroad?
- Will my earned credits transfer back to GGC?
- Are all study abroad programs credit bearing?
- Where can I get a passport and visa?
- Do I need immunizations or vaccines? Will my insurance cover me while abroad?
Choosing a Program/ The Application Process
Q: What programs are offered
A: There are programs for nearly every academic discipline. For example, economics or business courses in Japan or China will give you a glimpse into the industrial/economic growth of Asia, or you can learn about agricultural-based economics in Zimbabwe or Argentina. You can take laboratory classes in chemistry in England or Australia. Pre-med students can focus on global health issues in China and Madagascar. The political changes in South Africa, Uganda and Rwanda offer pre-law students a unique opportunity to study post-conflict transformation. Religion, philosophy, identity and globalization will take on new meaning when viewed first-hand in Jordan, Morrocco, Thailand or Switzerland.
Do you plan to concentrate on a foreign language at GGC? Consider studying French in France, Morocco or Senegal; Spanish in Costa Rica, Mexico or Spain. What better place to study a language than where it is spoken? By visiting the Office of Internationalization, you will literally find hundreds of options in which to chooses.
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Q: How Do I apply for a study abroad program
A: Applying for a program will be completed through the GGC education abroad portal:
- Go to the program on GGC Education Abroad Portal and click the “Apply Now” at the right side or bottom of the page. A message will appear; click “OK” to confirm, or “Cancel” to exit.
- Select "I have a MyGGC username and password," and login with your GGC credentials (the first part of your GGC email and GGC password). Once logged in, choose the term and year which you want to go abroad (e.g. Spring Break 2017), then click “Apply”.
- You will have successfully applied for the study abroad program! You will be notified via email of your application creation, and you will also be notified whether your application was approved or rejected.
Q: Whom may I contact if I am interested in studying abroad?
A: You can email Carmen Edgerton to schedule an appointment at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (678) 407-5309
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Eligibility and Requirements
Q: Is there a certain GPA required?
A: GGC students who wish to participate in study abroad programs must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; students who wish to participate in service learning abroad must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0.
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Q: Who can study abroad?
A: GGC students are eligible once you have completed the minimum 24 credit hours (at least sophomore status), have a minimum 2.5 cumulative-grade point average and are in good standing, regardless of your major, whether you receive financial aid or whether you speak or are studying another language. Exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
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Q: How many Credits can I earn while abroad
A: The credits vary depending on the program, if the study abroad program is for two weeks then you will be able to earn up to six credits. The credits depend on the period of time of the trip.
Q: Will my earned credits transfer back to GGC?
A: GGC has agreements with several affiliate program providers, and students are encouraged to consider using one of these providers. For non-GGC and affiliate study abroad programs, courses will be reflected on another institution's transcript and will count as transfer credit at GGC.
Q: Are all study abroad programs credit bearing?
A: Not every experiential program abroad is credit bearing. For an education abroad program, students must be sure to verify whether it is credit bearing or not. If it is credit bearing, students must verify how many credits and whether the credits will transfer to their GGC program of study.
How to finance my study abroad?
Q: Financing my Study Abroad
A; GGC students can use their federal and state aid, including the HOPE Scholarship, for study abroad. Financial aid can be used on any study abroad program for which the student will receive academic credit. Students studying abroad for an academic year are eligible to apply for both the fall and spring grant competitions. Interested students should make an appointment to meet with Office of Internationalization or Financial Aid.
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Q: What scholarships can I apply to study abroad?
A: There are many scholarships that students can apply for, and check out the link for study abroad scholarships. There is a list of scholarships and websites of where students can apply for scholarships.
Travel Specific Requirements
Q: Where can I get a visa and passport?
A: A passport is an official government document that certifies your country of citizenship. You must have one to travel outside of the United States and to be admitted to other countries. Review more information on the U.S. Passport website.
A visa is an endorsement by a foreign country that you can visit that country for a particular purpose and for a specified period of time. Visas are stamped in your passport, and must be obtained from the embassy or consulate of the country you plan to visit. There is space for visas on both re-entry permits and refugee travel documents if you are not a U.S. citizen. Not all countries require visas of U.S. citizens. Most likely the program that accepted you will send you literature with information about obtaining a visa. If not, check with the embassy or consulate of the country where you attend to travel. Again, remember to allow adequate time, since you will have to send your passport, re-entry permit or travel documents directly to the embassy or consulate.
Always be sure to check official state and country sites for any other information, such as travel advisories or pertinent news.
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Q: Do I need immunizations or vaccines? Will my insurance cover me while abroad?
A: For more information on recommended vaccines visit the smart traveler checklist provided by the CDC. If a study abroad program is offered by GGC, majority of the time a student will receive GGC credit. The majority of all programs promoted and administered by the Office of Internationalization are done so with the intent of students being able to transfer the credit back to GGC. For an education abroad program, students must be sure to verify whether it is credit bearing or not. If it is credit bearing, students must verify how many credits and whether the credits will transfer to their GGC program of study.
[ Back to top ] No matter what you decide to do after graduating, the time you spend studying abroad is likely to be viewed as an asset by admissions officers at graduate schools and employers who are increasingly looking for people who are adaptable, yet focused. The 21st century will continue to demand that educated people be knowledgeable about the world, comfortable with people from diverse backgrounds, able to speak other languages and willing to break out of their provincial prejudices to seek common solutions to complex global problems.
National boundaries are becoming less consequential in the fields of education, business and public services. At the same time, the U.S. workforce is becoming more ethnically diversified. If you want to be competitive in this century, then studying abroad is one way to start. Yet, probably the best reason for studying abroad is the chance of a lifetime to see another part of the world. You will meet new people, see the sights you have read about and change your perspective by thinking of yourself as a Global citizen.
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