USG Goes Global
We are excited to introduce the University System of Georgia’s new home for system-wide consortia study abroad programs known as USG Goes Global! USG Goes Global is an administrative unit of the University System of Georgia (USG) that partners with USG institutions to provide quality, affordable, and impactful faculty-led study abroad experiences open to all USG undergraduate students. USG Goes Global offers an interesting mix of core and special topics courses in international locations, attractive to undergraduates at any stage of their academic career. Additionally, by leveraging the power of the entire university system, USG Goes Global will keep programs affordable, safe and manageable by using innovative technology, existing USG systems and proven study abroad best practices.
Approximately 30 years ago the USG assisted in the creation of one study abroad program to London via the USG European World Regional Council. Currently, the USG European Council and Asia Council actively offer 10 study abroad programs that serve more than 300 USG students each summer. The USG World Regional Councils will continue to exist as they always have to provide opportunities for both students and faculty to broaden their understanding of individual world regions by promoting activities that enrich teaching and research about these regions.
With the creation of USG Goes Global, the USG International Education system office will take on the administrative burden of running study abroad programs from the World Regional Councils, so that faculty can concentrate more on academic oversight and offering impactful experiences on the ground. In Summer 2019, USG Goes Global worked with the USG European Council to operate six USG Goes Global programs traveling to the following European destinations: Edinburgh, Scotland; London, England; Madrid, Spain; Paris, France; St. Petersburg, Russia; Waterford, Ireland. We are currently towards Summer 2020 trips with the USG European and Asia Councils. In the future, USG Goes Global plans to offer study abroad programs in all areas represented by the USG World Regional Councils, which include Europe and Asia, as well as Africa, Americas and Middle East.