USG Goes Global Offers Nine Locations

Imagine a summer abroad with a consortia of students and faculty who come back to U.S. colleges and universities changed forever. They learn about language. They meet new friends. They experience another culture. This is what happens in the University System of Georgia (USG) Goes Global Program.

In the USG Goes Global Program, students and faculty experience summer school abroad. Students earn credit hours which range from three to six hours and trips are two to five weeks.  Participants may travel to Paris, London, Waterford, Edinburgh, Germany, Portugal, Madrid, China and Jamaica. Students must be at least 18 and in good academic standing to participate in the program.

“Studying abroad is about growth for students and faculty,” said Dr. Christy Flatt, University System of Georgia Germany Program Director and Campus Representative.

Dr. Flatt has been leading the USG Goes Global (USGGG) Study Aboard program at Gordon State College for the last four years.

“My interest in study abroad is tied directly to my studies and goals as a sociologist,” she said. “Sociology as a discipline is focused on understanding how social forces impact our lives. By understanding how we are influenced by forces outside of our control, we can better understand our own lives which leads to an understanding of others, especially those who are different.  The easiest way for us to become cognizant of our world is by experiencing a society different from our own. Spending time in a different place with different rules raises our awareness.  When we change our surroundings, the workings of society, such as culture, become clear.” 

Gordon’s involvement with USG Goes Global started four years ago when Flatt, inquired about teaching for the program and a Memorandum of Understanding was signed. 

In light of COVID-19, safety precautions are in place, and the USGGG program has a back-up plan to implement a virtual program. If this happens, students may expect a range of virtual activities and even a cost reduction. The USG Goes Global program works with USG World Regional Councils as a consortium to offer a range of affordable study abroad options. The cost of the program is $199 per credit hour. At GSC, additional financial aid and scholarships are available to help with the cost.

The 2021 USG Goes Global application deadline is March 19, 2021. For more information about the USG Goes Global Program, including registration and payment deadlines, contact Dr. Christy Flatt, University System of Georgia Germany Program Director & Campus Representative at or visit