Glossary of Terms
Education Abroad at UGA
We know that a lot of the words we use in dispensing information can be confusing. We've provided a comprehensive list to help you navigate!
Transfer Credit vs. Resident Credit
Official vs. Unofficial Transcript
Study Abroad vs. Exchange Program
Your home institution is the university at which you regularly attend classes and earn your degree.
Your host institution is the campus at which you participate in your study abroad/exchange program.
Culture shock is the feeling of disorientation that is experienced by someone who is suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes. Feelings that may be indicative of culture shock include:
Jetlag Queasiness Tiredness Difficulty concentrating Guilt
Poor work performance Problems sleeping Loneliness Home-sickness
Anxiety Worry Irritability Frustration Eating disorders Confusion Doubt
Excessive criticism of others Indecisiveness Nervousness Disorientation
Sadness Fear Insecurity Feeling lost Headaches Allergies
Embassies are permanent diplomatic missions that represent their home country and are generally located only in the host country's capital city. Consulates are smaller versions of embassies and can be found in other big cities in the host country. A major part of their tasks is looking after the welfare of the home country's citizens who are abroad. In an emergency or if you lose your visa/passport, find the nearest one.
The price of one nation's currency as it translates to another nation's currency. For example, the exchange rate for US Dollars to New Zealand Dollars is 1:1.5.
It is important to check a country's immigration website to see if a visa is necessary, especially if it needs to be obtained prior to arrival.
It is an endorsement on a passport stating that the holder can enter, leave, or stay in a country for a specified amount of time.
A visa can be obtained from a consulate or embassy.
OIE is the Office of International Education.
The office is an on campus hub for study abroad, international exchange, and international students. The office provides a variety of resources for programs and scholarships, whether it is through the home institution or a partner university. There are advisors available to guide students through the processes and answer questions. The office is located at 1324 S. Lumpkin St. in Athens, Georgia.
A TCAF is a Transfer Credit Approval Form. If you attend an education abroad program where you will not be taking UGA classes, such as a UGA Exchange Program or a Non-UGA/External Program, this form serves as your pre-approval form for transfer credit brought in from your education abroad experience. Unless the experience is a UGA Exchange Program, there is a cost associated with the form. The price can range from $125-$250 depending on the program. Failure to work with Education Abroad and OIE on the TCAF can prevent you from using financial aid, accessing scholarships, or even transferring credits back to UGA!
Credit earned through programs sponsored by other institutions, organizations, or approved student exchange programs will be recorded as transfer credit. Essentially, transfer credit is any credit not earned from a UGA course. Some credits will need to be approved through the process of filling out a Transfer Credit Approval Form.
Resident credit is credit earned at the home institution. When participating at a UGA Faculty-Led or Residential Center Study Abroad program, resident credits are earned. There is a set number of resident credits that must be earned in order to graduate from UGA.
-Study with UGA faculty and students -Usually maymester/summer term if faculty led -Some semester options available, mostly with Residential Centers -Earn UGA Resident Credit -Structured programs, pre-planned class schedules/activities -Group oriented experience -Various types of housing offered -Tuition and fees paid at an in-state rate -Best for students seeking structure and support
-Attend a UGA exchange partner university overseas -For a semester or academic year -Wide variety of classes to choose from -Housing usually set up through the host institution, sometimes as a homestay -Transfer credit can be earned -Pay UGA tuition and fees at the in-state rate and pay living costs abroad -Best for students seeking immersive cultural and academic experiences
*More specific program types include UGA Faculty-Led, UGA Residential Center, UGA Exchange, Non-UGA/External, and Independent Study. Contact an advisor to learn more about each!
1. Must be completed before departing 2. Info session about going abroad 3. Includes info on:
Health Safety Transportation Documents What to Pack Culture Shock, Stereotypes, and how to Cope Logistics Helpful Apps and other Info
An official transcript contains a student's academic record as a chronological list of classes, grades, and credits earned. An official transcript is generally signed by the Registrar, contains the college seal, and the date that it was issued. It is also delivered in a sealed envelope. It is considered a legal document and must be requested in order to be received. There is usually a fee associated with each transcript ordered. At UGA, that fee is $8.
An unofficial transcript contains a student's academic record as a chronological list of classes, grades, and credits earned. An unofficial transcript does not contain the Registrar's signature, a college seal, or the date it was issued. There is usually no fee associated. They are generally easier to access but not often used for applications or acceptances to programs.