Please read below to find instructions on how to work with the Office of International Services to plan your independent study abroad experience.

GSU recently affiliated with the following program providers which offer discounts for our students. Click on the following to search their programs: 

ISA logo site 
ISA - International Studies Abroad

Students who study abroad through ISA will receive $200 discount and be eligible for additional ISA scholarships. 

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Athena Study Abroad

Students who study abroad through Athena will receive a $500 grant upon completion of a semester program and a $200 grant upon completion of a summer or J-term program. First generation college students can also qualify for $1,000 scholarship from Athena for a semester program. Contact Amy Schoenberg for more details.

Interested in studying abroad but not sure where to go or how to to apply? If you decide to study abroad independently, there are many options to choose from. Here are the steps to get you started:

  1. Start thinking about your reason for study abroad. Take into consideration the term that will work for you, your major, where you would like to study and if the location and program offerings will benefit your academic and professional career. GSU recommends that you study abroad through one of our affiliated program providers. One way in which you can filter through the options and narrow down your preferences is through the affiliated provider websites. If you do not find what you are looking for, you can also search a larger database on the website Institute of International Education. You can also search study abroad reviews at Study Abroad 101.

  2. Make an appointment with the Study Abroad Coordinator, Amy Schoenberg, to discuss your options and the next steps.

  3. Complete your GSU Study Abroad Application which includes getting course approval from your GSU Advisor and Dean by having him/her fill out the Study Abroad Course Approval Form, located in the application packet. Meet with the Financial Aid Office to determine how financial aid may apply to the program abroad.

  4. Upon confirmation from GSU that you are eligible to study abroad and your credits will transfer, you can apply to the independent study abroad program.

  5. Upon confirmation of participation from the independent study abroad program, students must submit a copy of their passport to OIS. The Study Abroad Coordinator will also assist the student in purchasing international health insurance through GSU and help prepare the student for departure.

  6. Students can now apply for the Study Abroad Scholarship located in the general application packet. Study Abroad Scholarship application deadlines are the following:

  • Winter Intersession – September 15 & October 15

  • Spring semester – October 15 & November 15

  • Summer semester – November 15 & February 1