Brock Tessman is a teacher with striking enthusiasm, brilliance and empathy, and a gift for making all he touches seem genuinely exciting to his students. As an assistant professor in the School of Public and International Affairs, Tessman teaches courses from introductory international relations to special topics classes on foreign policy, security and international conflict. In just a few short years at UGA, Tessman has facilitated undergraduates in publishing original work in social science journals and presenting papers at academic conferences, helped them move on to top-tier graduate programs, created a working group that acts as a laboratory for learning and seen his students compete as finalists for the Rhodes and Truman Scholarships.

Current Undergraduates

SPIA students are among the best and brightest in the country. In recent years, we have had winners of Rhodes Scholarships, Truman Scholarships, and numerous other notable awards that recognize the achievements of our students.

While the caliber of SPIA’s student body continues to be impressive, so too, are the accomplishments of the School’s faculty. As a student at the School of Public and International Affairs, you will be studying with award-winning teacher-scholars who are devoted to excellence both in the classroom and in their areas of research. U.S. News & World Report continues to rank the School’s Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree program in the top four programs in the nation, ranked 4th (ahead of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University at #5). Whether you are looking for an undergraduate or graduate program, you will find a rigorous and rewarding learning environment at UGA’s School of Public and International Affairs.

The School of Public and International Affairs offers the Bachelor of Arts degree with two separate undergraduate majors:

Get advised

As a currently enrolled student, you must be advised each term before you pre-register for the next term’s classes. Your advisor will review your progress and discuss course options for your degree requirements. You will receive an advisement form outlining your remaining needs. After you have been advised your advisor will clear you for registration.

Academic advising happens in SPIA through advising appointments. SPIA students may make an advising appointment on-line through SARA (Student Advising and Registration Assistant) at appoint.franklin.uga.edu. Appointment-making generally begins the third week of the term and continues throughout the semester. 

Walk-In Hours for follow-up questions related to advising or other issues (study abroad, internships, etc.) are from 2 to 3 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. These times are not for advising and being cleared for registration; that requires an advising appointment.

No Show Policy: If a student misses his/her advising appointment, then he/she may be required to wait a period of time before re-scheduling. Please be mindful of your and your advisor's time by carefully choosing your appointment and making every effort to attend. If you cannot make your appointment, please show common courtesy to let your advisor know with an e-mail or a call beforehand.

Study Abroad, Out of Town Interns & D.C. Program Advising: If you are abroad or in D.C. please e-mail your adviser directly for advising via e-mail.

DRC Students: Help us to better support you by making an appointment early in the term! You can always follow-up your appointment with a visit during walk-in hours or by contacting an advisor directly via e-mail or telephone.

SPIA Advising News & Updates

There's a lot going on here at the School of Public and International Affairs. And there's going to be a lot going on in your life here on campus. So we'll make it easy for you.  Follow us @SPIAdvis and we'll keep you posted on the latest academic advising and graduation news. We'll keep you updated on meetings, let you know when deadlines are approaching, send you subtle reminders, maybe even make a suggestion or two that might change your life. Yep. That can happen. Follow us @SPIAdvis. We have a blog, too. 

By The Numbers

5th

UGA ranks 5th among the top 20 research universities in the number of students studying abroad. Nearly 30 percent of UGA undergraduates are involved in some form of international education each year. UGA is 2nd in the number of students who travel on short-term study abroad.

Got questions?

Director of Undergraduate Student Services

Paul Welch

Director of Undergraduate Student Services

Office: 103 Candler Hall

Phone: 706-542-0096

Fax: 706-583-0095

Email: texan@uga.edu