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Study Abroad

Thinking about studying abroad this coming spring or summer? Come to the Study Abroad Informational meeting Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. in Nursing (Health Sciences Building) room 108. 

Studying abroad is a great opportunity to not only grow academically, but also culturally. Through experiencing different cultures and seeing new and exciting parts of the world, our students find new perspectives on the world. Through ABAC students have the opportunity to visit Europe, Central America, and India.

It is never too early to start thinking about studying abroad, especially if you will need to use Financial Aid to help you meet the costs of the program.

A number of ABAC programs are in the works for Spring 2016 and Summer 2016.  More information will be available in late September 2015 about:

Belize (Spring Break)

Rome (Spring Break)

London (Summer – USG European Council Study Abroad Trip)

India (Summer)

To learn more about recent ABAC study abroad trips from students’ perspective, please visit the Rural Study website.

There is also the opportunity to take part in the University System of Georgia’s European Council summer trips. This summer the trips are to: London, Scotland, Ireland, Berlin, Paris, Madrid, and St. Petersburg. Visit the European Council website for more information.

If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Seibert at




European Council Summer Study Abroad

Study in a foreign country can be a very rewarding experience. The European Council summer trips are a great way to study abroad and get credit for core curriculum classes. If you are going to transfer to another institution, some of the upper division courses might interest you as well.

                Note that the cost of the program does not include the cost of tuition.

  If you find a course that you are interested in taking, review the material for that program. Once you are ready to submit your application for the one of the European Council programs, the application will be available on the program page on the European Council website.


What our Students and Faculty are Saying about the Study Abroad Experience

Troy Spicer, Dean, School of Nursing

“I participated in a global studies program when I was in my senior year of college. I was finishing up my bachelor’s degree in nursing. Several of us in my class enrolled in a three-week program to Haiti lead by one of our professors who had extensive contacts in the local health care system on the northern shore of the island. She travelled to Haiti at least twice a year to help out in the volunteer clinics.
To say that this was a life changing experience is a huge understatement… I spent the majority of my time working with a 70-year old nurse practitioner who trained and supervised lay health workers and held clinics in the rural countryside. We treated illnesses that I had only read about in books: typhoid fever, malaria, dengue fever, etc…  Participating in this program was one of the most worthwhile and memorable things I have ever done.”

Jonathan Cassiday, ABAC Graduate, Rural Studies Major

“At first mention about the trip to Greece I was eager to participate. I was both excited about foreign travel but was worried about what I would experience while participating in study abroad. On my particular trip I was the only student from ABAC, but I met students from across many other states as well as other countries. Dustin Bass taught one of my classes and it was nice to have a teacher from our school with me on the trip. I also had a class in Greek Culture which counted as one of my electives. The Greek culture class was quite informative and we went on a lot of fun trip throughout Greece. On our free weekend I traveled with some of the other students in the program to Athens which was a great experience. I would highly recommend any opportunity to study abroad as it is a rewarding experience that will stay with you forever. I am looking forward to the time in which I can travel abroad again!”

Dr. Brian Ray, Associate Professor of English

Study Abroad can be a life-changing experience. As corny as that sounds, it’s true. I had the opportunity to study in Germany when I was in high school, and when I was doing my graduate work, I went on a summer Study Abroad trip to England. Both of these trips had a profound effect on how I view the world around me. Both were a lot of fun as well as being educational. That education was only partly in a classroom though. The experience of immersing oneself in the culture and ambience of a different country is almost indescribable. The excitement of the experience, and the wonderful richness of understanding I gained about people from America and other countries will stay with me always. Now, I have the opportunity to teach on Study Abroad programs, and I cannot recommend taking advantage of the opportunity highly enough. It is even more important now, in our 21st century world of global interdependencies that American students become aware of how our culture, our economy (think about future job opportunities), and our social outlook interact with the rest of the world. Oh yeah, and it’s a lot of fun, too! Students get to do things that they cannot do at home, not just because they are different, but because some experiences just cannot happen where we live.

Want to share your ABAC study abroad experience with others?
Email your pictures, stories and testimonies to Lisa Seibert at

Scholarships & Financial Aid

New European Scholarship Portal:
A new online scholarship database,, was recently launched at the European Association for International Education (EAIE) conference. is an integrated, centralized European platform providing information on all scholarships offered for studying in Europe. The database already contains over 700 scholarship programs. Students can now find and compare relevant programs based on their nationality, background, where and what they want to study, and many more search criteria. ScholarshipPortal has been developed by StudyPortals and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA) and funded by the European Commission Lifelong Learning Programme.

For more information, please visit:

Financial Aid:
(This information is general in nature, and is not meant to be all inclusive. It is advisory only. If you have specific questions, please contact the Financial Aid office.)

Financial Aid can be used to assist with paying for the Study Abroad program. HOPE can be used toward the tuition and fees portion only. (Remember, tuition and home institution fees are NOT included in the program costs.)

It is strongly suggested that financial aid requests to cover program payments be requested with the Spring financial aid request. Otherwise, the funds will not be available in time to meet program payment deadlines.

All normal Financial Aid application procedures MUST be met (including the FAFSA). If you have already filed a FAFSA for the financial aid year (running from fall through summer each year), no new FAFSA is required.

Additional resources for financial assistance can be found here.

Programs & Due Dates

The European Council student Application Deadline for all programs is March 1 for the 2013 Summer Programs.
The Faculty applications for the 2014 programs are due March 25.

Verifying Your Credits

Before you leave your host country, it is advisable to contact your program leader to make sure that your official transcripts are being sent back to ABAC.  In order for a transcript to be considered “official”, it must be sent in a sealed envelope. Transcripts can take many weeks (sometimes a few months) to arrive back at ABAC. If a reasonable amount of time has passed and you have not received confirmation about your transcripts arriving, then contact Rebecca Cofer at the Academic Support Center to help track down your records. It is vital that your credit transfers after the end of your program, especially if you received financial aid.

For European Council Programs, students register and receive direct credit from ABAC so credits transferring back are not an issue.  If a student goes abroad through another school, these credits will need to be transferred back via official transcripts.