Attending conferences as a graduate student is an important way to hone your skills as a public speaker, learn about other scholars’ research, and meet colleagues in your field. Funding through the Graduate School may be applied for; for more information, see here.
The American Political Science Association has a list of conferences in the profession here.
APSA has also put together a helpful guide for first-time graduate student attendees here.
Other commonly attended conferences include:
The International Studies Association national convention and regional conferences
The Georgia Political Science Conference
The Departments of Political Science and International Affairs routinely put on workshops and seminars designed to help graduate students navigate complex, relevant topics like mental health, productivity, and the job market. Current workshops will be listed below.
There are numerous programs at the University of Georgia designed to help you enhance your professional development during your graduate career.
One such program is the Future Faculty Fellows Program. Several of our Ph.D. students have participated in this yearlong professional development program, which focuses on preparing students for the academic job market and their role as future tenure-track faculty.
The Center for Teaching and Learning also sponsors a variety of professional development workshops for graduate students on topics including instructional design, creating a teaching portfolio, and other topics of interest. See the full listing here.
SPIA also has our own Reference Librarian who specializes in International Affairs, Political Science, and Public Administration and is happy to consult with graduate students on research resources.
The Graduate School offers several resources for grad students, including free poster printing for conference presentations and several academic and interdisciplinary certificates. For more details, visit their website here.
All international students must have health insurance coverage. UGA will automatically bill you for graduate student insurance unless you have preexisting coverage that fulfills UGA’s minimum conditions. If you have health insurance already, you can fill out a waiver here.
Students with a TOEFL speaking score of below 22 or an IETLS speaking score of 6.5 or below must enroll in LLED 7768, a classroom training course that helps improve English proficiency for teaching assistants (TAs). Students with a TOEFL speaking score of 23-24 or an IELTS speaking score of 7-7.5 must enroll in LLED 7769, which focuses on how to navigate American classroom culture and expectations as a TA. You can learn more about these requirements here.
Enrichment and Community:
UGA’s Student Government Association and International Student Life offices host a Global Buddies program that will pair you with a partner student from the US to chat, share cultural perspectives, enhance your language skills, and more. You can sign up at ISL’s website.
If you’ve brought your family with you, please check out the International Family Resources provided by the Office of Global Engagement. This helpful website includes information on local childcare, family activities, resources, and the Global Families program, which matches you with a local family to help build friendships and cross-cultural connections.
If you’re looking to enhance your English language skills, the American-English Language Labs program is free to all international UGA students. These labs run monthly and offer a safe, comfortable space for practicing your conversational English and navigating American cultural concepts and customs. You can learn more at their website.
International Student Life organizes International Coffee Hour every Friday during the fall and spring semesters. These are free to attend and feature free food and coffee as well as a place to get to know other students and faculty from across campus.
Many financial hardship resources are, unfortunately, not available to international students. However, if you are experiencing a hardship, UGA has several resources you are able to access, including several food pantries and a school supply closet. You can find more information from the Financial Hardship Resources office here.
UGA graduate students have free access to Versatile PhD, which is particularly targeted at PhDs seeking alt-ac or non-academic career positions. Students may login through the UGA Career Center’s website to access Versatile PhD.
The American Political Science Association maintains a list of career resources for graduate students and political science PhDs, including sample job candidate questions and non-academic career exploration.
The Chronicle of Higher Education maintains a Career Network with job listings, information, and advice on careers both within and outside of academia.