Uzma Chowdhury plans to earn two bachelor’s degrees, one master’s degree and three minors when she graduates from UGA in spring 2014. In her words: "the overwhelming variety of opportunities provided by UGA. In addition to my double majors in English and Political Science, I am currently pursuing a master’s degree in English, while also learning three different languages, French, Spanish and Arabic. Where else could I embrace such a fantastic variety of academic pursuits? In addition to the academic flexibility offered, I have been able to participate extensively in the service-learning programs at the university. In addition to the university itself, Athens, is one of the most incredible cities I’ve ever experienced. It’s gorgeous, full of good food, good music, art and there’s always something going on. All of these aspects really made my decision to attend UGA very easy."

The Undergraduate Office

The Undergraduate Office serves the SPIA community by acting as liaison with other appropriate UGA entities and by participating in campus-wide committees related to undergraduate issues. Office staff also provides information on academic programs in SPIA to potential students, their parents and other non-UGA offices.

The mission of the undergraduate office in the School of Public and International Affairs is:

  • to provide high quality academic advising and graduation certification to undergraduates;
  • to assist the school, departments, and students with undergraduate issues;
  • and to encourage student-faculty interactions as an important part of the curriculum.

The undergraduate office staff works towards this mission in several different ways. We provide required academic advising for all SPIA undergraduates in individual and group settings conducted by conscientious and well trained advising professionals. We assist students with meeting their educational and career goals through academic planning and refer them to other campus resources when appropriate. We manage course enrollments to maintain fair access for students and increased efficiency for the departments. We certify the completion of requirements and graduation of all SPIA undergraduates to the registrar. Office staff cooperates with the faculty in the areas of academic appeals and curricular matters. The office staff also enhances the undergraduate experience in SPIA through facilitation of extra-curricular events and activities which promote student involvement in SPIA and in public and international affairs.

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Director of Undergraduate Student Services

Paul Welch

Director of Undergraduate Student Services

Office: 103 Candler Hall

Phone: 706-542-0096

Fax: 706-583-0095


Kevin James

Academic Advisor

Office: 104 Candler Hall