The Stellenbosch program in South Africa is directed by UGA's Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis) and is hosted by Stellenbosch University. The program offers two classes taught by UGA department heads, allowing students to earn six hours of UGA credit. Students have the opportunity to interact with South African university students by living on campus. As part of the program, students get the chance to fully engage with the South African community by participating in a four-week service-learning project in the nearby communities of Kayamandi and Lynedoch.

Centers & Programs

The School of Public and International Affairs (SPIA) is comprised of three nationally ranked departments and a number of dynamic academic centers and programs: the Center for International Trade and Security (CITS), the Center for the Study of Global Issues (GLOBIS), and the Criminal Justice Studies program. Each center and program consists of a robust cohort of faculty and researchers from across multiple disciplines at UGA.

Center for International Trade and Security

The Center for International Trade and Security (CITS) strives to mitigate the threat posed by the trade of weapons of mass destruction materials and technologies and other military-related transfers through research, training, and outreach.

CITS carries out its mission by engaging and informing policymakers, industry representatives, educators, students, and the general public, both in the United States and abroad, about the dangers of trade in and theft of weapons and weapons components. The Center's policy research is disseminated in print and on the Internet in books, reports, editorials, briefings, and journals, including its own, The Monitor, and in public forums hosted both by the Center and by its colleagues in the worldwide strategic trade community, to stimulate and facilitate international dialogue. CITS focuses on fostering international cooperation to prevent the spread of weapons and related technologies by organizing exchanges and training programs for government and industry officials and academic and policy experts to develop dynamic, robust systems for monitoring, controlling, and, where need be, preventing the trade of WMD-related materials.


Center for the Study of Global Issues

The Center for the Study of Global Issues at The University of Georgia fosters educational and research activities focused on economic, political, and sociocultural change and development occurring at the global level. The social theories and ideologies of the past were suited to a world that no longer exists and new future-oriented theories and conceptualizations are needed. Only by developing these theories and ideals can we begin to confront the most pressing problems of the day. The purpose of GLOBIS is to meet this need by conducting research and educational activities which examine recent global economic, political, and socio-cultural trends and the human problems associated with these trends in order to furnish a basis for forecasting the future and forming public policy.

The Center's programs are located both on campus at The University of Georgia in Athens and abroad at its regional offices in Italy and Japan. GLOBIS has a European Office in Verona, Italy and an Asian Office in Kyoto, Japan.


Criminal Justice Studies Program

The University of Georgia initiated its degree program in Criminal Justice Studies in 1977. The A.B. in Criminal Justice offered by the University is an interdisciplinary degree where students draw on the expertise of faculty in Political Science, Sociology, Psychology and other departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. In 2002, The School of Public and International Affairs was established and the Department of Political Science is housed there. The Criminal Justice Studies Program now works jointly with both the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and with the School of Public and International Affairs. In a variety of courses, students are introduced to the academic disciplines that are needed to understand crime and the administration of criminal justice. Moreover, each student is given the opportunity to work in a criminal justice agency in the program's internship.


Security Leadership Program

The Richard B. Russell Security Leadership Program (SLP) is a year-long fellowship focused on nonproliferation and national security. The first semester is spent in an intensive research-oriented course taught by CITS staff and guest lecturers from the policymaking and national security communities. In the second semester, students work on projects ranging from country assessments to international workshops and seminars for strategic trade control practitioners.

SLP participants have gone on to positions in the US government, the UN, the International Atomic Energy Agency, large high-technology manufacturers, trade-oriented consulting firms, & academic institutions.


Study Abroad in Asia

The Globis Asia Study Abroad Program offers students a tremendous opportunity to experience the unique culture, politics, and historical sites of Japan, China, and the Korean Peninsula. Through both classroom learning and extensive field study, students will develop a "global literacy" that cannot be matched by most traditional study abroad programs.

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