OUE Connect Globally

Connect Globally


OUE provides ways for students to connect globally.

Strengthen our role as a convener of worldwide collaboration and build a global learning network to expand our reach and amplify our impact.

First-Year Semester Abroad Program Prepares for First Student Cohort

The First-Year Semester Abroad (FYSA) program, developed in 2020-21, leverages Georgia Tech’s European campus in Metz, France, to provide a high-quality experiential learning opportunity for incoming first-year students who wish to internationalize their college career. The program is led by Vicki Birchfield, Professor in the School of International Affairs and Co-Director for the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies, who is in residence at Georgia Tech-Lorraine and has extensive experience leading study abroad programs in Europe.

Students will explore the concepts of globalization, intercultural sensitivity, and global citizenship as they prepare to embark on their study abroad experience in Europe and the immediate internationalization of their college career. (The program’s inaugural cohort of 43 students began in Summer 2021.)

SLS Provides Summer Internships with Global Impact

Serve-Learn-Sustain (SLS) was able to work with campus partners and pivot their summer internship program to a fully virtual internship experience. The internship program grew in Summer 2020 to 45 interns, representing all six Colleges. Six students interned with the Global Change Program, which provides an avenue for Georgia Tech faculty, staff, and students to design and implement solutions to climate and global change challenges.

“I participated in two of the SLS-sponsored study abroad programs, Leadership for Social Good in Eastern Europe and Japan Summer Program for Sustainable Development, through which I advanced minors in International Affairs and Global Development. After the summer in Eastern Europe, I worked in the Institute for Leadership and Social Impact, the office that organized the program, for two years, which fostered my continuation of learning about relevant issues outside of the classroom. This spark would not have begun without SLS. Beyond the study abroad programs, I have enrolled in multiple affiliated courses in the School of Architecture, have interned through SLS with the City of Atlanta, and have focused on integrating the findings from affiliated courses and real world application into the core of architecture curriculum, our studios. Through SLS, I have been able to bring this passion for sustainability and community engagement from an extra-curricular setting and integrate it into the center of my studies.”  

Chloe Kiernecki, Fulbright scholarship recipient

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