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. During the six-week program, students will visit some of the most important cities, monuments and cultural sites in the world: The Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, The Forbidden City, the ancient Japanese capital of Kyoto, the atomic bomb peace memorial in Hiroshima, breathtaking Buddhist temples and Zen gardens, the bustling mega-city of Seoul, and the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). These wonderful cultural opportunities couple with intensive interaction with Globis faculty in order to give participants an unforgettable experience. Throughout the program, coursework, discussions, and field studies will emphasize the principle of empathy as the best path toward true conflict resolution and the achievement of global peace and social enrichment. In this way, the Asian Study Abroad Program epitomizes the Globis mission by allowing students to apply classroom experiences to their day-to-day experiences during the trip.
Toward the end of the program, participants will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to visit the Korean DMZ, which is one of the most important political flashpoints in the world. Visiting the DMZ will not just remind students of the tension that exists on the Korean Peninsula; it should inspire them to help work toward solutions that can lead to peace and stability in the future. While the nature of the visit depends on political circumstances, students may even have the chance to enter a building used for negotiations and briefly cross the border into North Korea.
The program is conducted through the cooperation of the Center for the Study of Global Issues (Globis) and Yeungnam University in Korea. Globis will offer advanced undergraduate courses in East Asian Cultures (CMLT 3180) and International Security in East Asia (INTL 4360).
The program is open to undergraduate students in good academic standing. There is no language requirement and all courses will be taught in English. Students are required to take six semester hours. This program absolutely requires classroom and field study attendance. Students who skip classes will be penalized with a significant reduction in their course grades. Field study is an integral academic component of the program, so participation in the vast majority of events and excursions is also mandatory.
Please complete the following online forms, print them out and mail or bring them to:
Aisa Study Abroad
480 East Broad Street
Suite 113, Franklin House
University of Georgia
Athens, GA 30602-1340
Make sure all forms are complete, signed and dated.
- Health Form
- Asia Student Conduct Guidelines
- 2015 Asia Payment and Refund Schedule
- 2015 Asia Study Abroad Program Application
- 2015 Asia Agreement Waiver/Liability
Please read the following information (Mandatory Reading):
Non-UGA students please read the following required information:
You must notify Silvia Mapp that youare applying to UGA as a transient student prior to submitting your application to the UGA Admissions Office. You will need to complete all program forms listed in the HOW TO APPLY section above.
Classes are taught for four weeks. You must register for two classes (6 credit hours). In most instances, the prerequisites will be waived for students in our program.
CMLT(ANTH) 3180 - Introduction to East Asian Cultures
Cultures of China, Japan, Korea, and Vietnam, with emphasis on the formation of Chinese culture and its diffusion and variation within the other national groups.
INTL 4360 - East Asian Political Systems - "Emerging Security Challenges: Japan and China."
Not open to students with credit in POLS 4390.
Prerequisite: INTL 3200 or INTL 3300 or permission of department.
The social, cultural, economic, and political processes in Asia Pacific systems, including Japan, China, and Korea.
The Global Studies Certificate in Global Studies
Both courses offered in the program can be used toward the requirements for the Certificate in Global Studies. This certificate is designed to increase global literacy through the study of issues and problems associated with globalization. Contact the Globis office for further information on the certificate requirement.
What is included in the $6800 program fee?
- Airfare and Transportation. The program covers roundtrip airfare from Atlanta to Seoul, as well as flights on cultural tours to China and Japan. Ground transportation is also included.
- Accommodations. During the program, students will stay in dorms at Yeungnam University and modern, air-conditioned hotels in Beijing, China, Kyoto and Hiroshima, Japan, and Seoul, S. Korea.
- Meals. Includes breakfast and lunch or dinner daily while on cultural tours of China, Japan, and Seoul, S. Korea, as well as a group welcome dinner upon arrival and a farewell dinner at the end of the program.
- Entrance fees on cultural tours.
- Internet access.
- Medical Insurance.
What is NOT covered in the $6800 program fee?
- Tuition. Tuition and fees will be paid directly to the UGA Bursar’s Office. (Note: See section on Payment and Refund Schedule.)
- Meals other than those described above.
- Telephone calls
- Independent travel
- Other personal expenses
Students, faculty and staff who are participating in programs sponsored by the University of Georgia and who are temporarily engaged in educational activities while outside the US are eligible to participate in this plan. Please download the GLOBIS medical insurance brochure for complete information: