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Study Abroad


Studying abroad is a great opportunity to grow academically, socially, and culturally. Through experiencing different cultures and seeing new and exciting parts of the world, our students have gained new perspectives and global awareness. ABAC students have studied abroad in Europe, Central America, and India.

ABAC’s bachelor’s degree programs offer exciting opportunities for students to study internationally and domestically. Through ABAC’s QEP, STEPS, study abroad is defined as

  • Credit-bearing in-classroom and out-of-classroom field/experiential activities occurring domestically or internationally that allow students to apply disciplinary knowledge “to new, complex situations” beyond the classroom (ABAC QEP, 2016).

It is important for students to consider how the experience will count toward their academic programs of study and plan for the costs of studying abroad.

What’s on tap for 2018? Watch this video for a glimpse of this year’s opportunities:


ABAC Faculty Led Programs for 2018

Study Abroad Rome

    • Study Abroad Rome will take 18 students to Rome and Florence during spring break 2018. The trip will begin with a bicycle tour of Rome and end with Palm Sunday Mass with Pope Francis. Students will visit the Vatican, Colosseum, Roman Forum, Borghessa Gallery and other museums, as well as the UN Food and Agriculture Organization and the UN World Food Programme. A side trip to Florence will feature Michealangelo’s David, the Uffizi Gallery and Dante’s hometown.
    • Students must take either: ENG 2114 World Literature with Dr. Thomas Grant (which will focus on literature connected with Italy) or GLST 3700 Global Experience with Dr. Hans Schmeisser (which will focus on the political foundations of the world that were created in Rome two centuries ago).
    • The cost of the trip (not including tuition/fees) is $2800, including airfare, lodging, meals and entry to points of interest. The payment schedule is Sept. 15 — $400; Oct. 15 — $400; Nov. 1 — $200; Dec. 1 — $300; Jan. 8 — $500; Feb. 1 — $500; March 1 — $500.
    • For more information, contact Dr. Grant ( or Dr. Schmeisser (

Study Abroad Belize

    • Students who sign up for this program will study geology and ecology/zonation with site visits to many of the following systems: rainforests, river systems, coral reefs, patch reefs, sea grass beds, mangrove and estuaries, intertidal beach, and cave systems.
    • Students pursuing the bachelor of science in Biology have the opportunity to study tropical ecology in Belize by signing up for BIOL 4550 Tropical Ecology and Natural History.
    • Students at the sophomore, junior or senior level who are not Biology majors can apply to participate and get credit for SCIE 1005/L Environmental Science. Talk to your advisor to see if this opportunity is right for you
    • The cost of the trip (not including tuition/fees) is $2900, including airfare, lodging, meals and entry to points of interest. The payment schedule is October 8 — $500.00; November 8 — $500.00; December 8 — $500.00; January 8 — $700.00 and February 8 — $700.00.
    • Find more information at Study Abroad Belize, or contact Beth Thornton ( or Phil Hightower (

Study Abroad Costa Rica

    • Students will travel to Costa Rica in this year’s special topics in forest resources course during summer 2018.
    • Contact Dr. Jason Scott ( for more information on this specific study abroad program.

Ireland through European Council

  • ABAC Professor and Poet in Residence Dr. Jeff Newberry will be teaching Erin Go Bragh: Irish & British Literature and also Writing Home Abroad: Introduction to Memoir for the Waterford, Ireland study abroad experience taking place summer 2018.
  • More information and application can be made through the European Council Waterford web page.
  • Contact Dr. Newberry ( to find out more.

Other University System of Georgia Programs

In addition to those opportunities at the bachelor’s degree level, ABAC students may study abroad by taking courses in the core curriculum through the University System of Georgia’s Asia Council and European Council. Opportunities to take junior and senior level courses in multiple discipline areas are also available.

  • The Asia Council summer 2018 program locations are in the Philippines, China, and Japan. Visit the Asia Council for more information.
  • The European Council summer 2018 program locations are in London, Edinburgh, Waterford, Berlin, Paris, Madrid, and St. Petersburg. Visit the European Council  for more information.

If you have general questions about study abroad, please don’t hesitate to contact Dr. Darby Sewell at or (229)-391-4810.



Programs & Due Dates

The European Council student application deadline for all programs is in March annually. Information for 2018 study abroad opportunities in Europe can be found on the European Council website.

The Asia Council student application deadline varies. Information for 2018 Asia study abroad opportunities and deadlines can be found on the Asia Council website.

Verifying Your Credits

For European Council Programs, students register through ABAC so credits appear on their transcripts after processing by the European Council. If a student studies abroad through another institution, those credits will need to be transferred to ABAC via official transcripts. However, before a student elects to participate in a program through another institution, the student should speak with Dr. Darby Sewell,, and work with his/her  academic advisor to ensure approval and transfer of course credit.

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