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Date/Time Event Location/Details/Comments
Highlighted Sessions are Mandatory
Saturday, August 15
All Day Students arrive/Atlanta-Hartsfield Airport or Columbus

GSW Van and ISO-Team will meet students in lobby of international arrivals or with Groom Shuttle


7:00pm Drive to Americus/GSW
11:00pm Student ID's / Check into Residence Halls
Sunday, August 16
10:30am ISO Check-in / Meet next to Cafeteria - by Post Office Marshall Student Center
11:00am-12:00pm Brunch (Combined Breakfast/Lunch) Campus Cafeteria at the RFoC
1:00pm Orientation Welcome ARC Room 106 - ISO-Team
1:30pm - 2:30pm Immigration Overview ARC Room 106  Bring Original Passports, I-94's, I-20's (F-1 students) or DS-2019's (J-1/ non-ELI CHEPD students)
3:30  Walmart Runs Meet in front of Marshall Student Center
7:00pm  Welcome Picnic - GSW Lake House All new international students are invited. Sponsored by the Christian Student Center and Williams Road Church
7:00 - 11:00 Campus Recreation Open House / Tour the Campus with ISO Team Student Success Center / Dome
*Open to all students
7:00-11:00pm Laser Tag and Movie Night

Student Success Center STORM Dome, SSC 2nd Floor Conference Rooms, Rock Climbing Wall, & Intramural Gym *Open to all students

Monday, August 17
10:00am Academic Environment at GSW ACE 106 - Welcome Greeting - Dr. Charles Patterson, GSW President; Dr. Helen Tate - Associate Vice-President for Academic Affairs
10:30am Academic Resources ACE 106 - Academic Resources: Dr. Lauren DiPaulo, Ms. Linda Randall, Ms. Talisha Adams, Ms. Ru Story-Huffman
11:00am Campus Life Panel Discussion GSW Students ACE 106 - Student Panel: International & US students: Life at GSW
Noon - 1:00pm Lunch Campus Cafeteria
1:00pm Excursions / Co-Curricular Programs ACE 106 - ISO Team
2:00 Public Safety Campus Police - Chief Tracy and Officer Josey
2:15pm Leadership Opportunities ACE 106 - Mr. Josh Curtain, Director of Student Life and Organizations
2:30pm Residential Life ACE 106 - Ms. Jill Hohnecker, Residence Life - Campus Coordinator
2:45pm Campus Recreation Opportunities ACE 106 - Ms. Angela Lea Summer, Director of Intramurals and Campus Recreation
3:00pm Campus Safety GSW Police ACE 106 - Chief Tracy and Staff
3:30pm Walmart Runs Meet in front of the MSC (Marshall Student Center)
5:30-7:00pm Picnic & Philip Fox Band (Country Music)

Centennial Plaza - Free for all GSW students with valid GSW ID

Tuesday, August 18
9:00am Registration ARC - Academic Advising F-1 and non-ELI CHEPD students
9:45am Student Employment / Campus and Career Services ACE 106 - Ms. Sandra Fowler - Director of Career Services Center
10:15am Health Services ACE 106 - Ms. Ann Miller, Director of Student Health Center
Ms. Ann Miller, Director of Student Health Center
10:30am Fitness and Wellness Anna Champion, Director of Fitness and Wellness
11:00am Health Insurance and Student Accounts ACE 106 - Ms. Christy Barry, Director of Student Accounts
Noon - 1:00pm Lunch Campus Cafeteria
1:30pm Banking Services - Money and Finance Matters ACE 212
*Wells Fargo -Opening student bank accounts; Discuss realities of credit cards
Aft Open  Evening Open  
Wednesday, August 19

Classes Begin!

Tuesday, August 25

6:00pm-7:30pm     Welcome Picnic with FACE - GSW's International Friendship Program: 6:00pm Old Faculty Dining Room, Marshall Student Center, GSW


"Opening Windows to the World"

The GSW Intercultural Outreach Program is designed for both American students who have studied abroad and international students who are currently studying in America. Students who have a passion for other cultures have the opportunity to share their international expertise with GSW and the Americus community through visual presentations as well as displays of contemporary cultural artifacts, e.g. currency, clothing, or local traditional novelties.

GSW Intercultural Ambassadors are trained to encourage, inspire, and ignite global curiosity in those around them through their presentations as well as cultural conversations in settings such as: 

  • Residence Life Programs
  • GSW Classes
  • Middle and High School Classes
  • Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs
  • Magnolia Manor

If you have an adventurous spirit or just want to learn more about the world around you, then this is the perfect group for you!

For more information on booking an Intercultural Ambassador or becoming an Intercultural Ambassador please contact:

Maribel Greene
International Student Advocate
ACE 204-A
(229) 931-2346 

Intercultural Ambassadors 


Dominic Annan

International Student from:

  • Ghana

Kate Yancey

Study Abroad in:

  • China
  • Western Europe

Tabias Pittman

Study Abroad in:

  • China

Haohang Xu

International Student from:

  • China

Taralkumar Ahir

International Student from:

  • India

Interested in Becoming an Intercultural Ambassador?

What to Expect as an Intercultural Ambassador
Intercultural Ambassador Application 



Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Resources

FORMS (Required)

  • Faculty-Led Study Abroad Program Proposal
  • Budget Template
  • GSW Study Abroad Faculty Handbook

International Teaching Circle
Bulgaria 2016 / China 2016
WISE: Navigating Study Abroad for Faculty who Teach Study Abroad (2016 WISE Conference)/ 2015 WISE Program
Best Practices: Short-Term Faculty-Led Study Abroad - Article/International Educator May_June 2015
Opening a Window on the World at Columbus State University - Article/International Educator Sept-Oct 2015
The Cleary Act - Safety and Study Abroad        


Office of International Program Resources

GSW Visiting Scholars Manual 

Intercultural Activities

 ACIREMA - A Cultural Simulation 

Grants and Fellowships

AASCU's China Studies Institute (CSI) 

Faculty/Staff Intercultural Data Base:  GSW has a wealth of cultural resources among our own faculty and staff from whom students can learn about the world!  GSW faculty and staff who are willing to be contacted to share their cultural expertise with the campus community, please click HERE .

Teaching First-Year Students

Global Lunch and Learn Series - A monthly informal discussion presentation featuring GSW faculty and staff sharing their international experiences, research, or academic scholarship with students and the campus and local community.

FACE: Friendship Advancing Cultural Exchange - GSW's International Friendship Family Program. FACE is an outreach program to promote friendship and cultural exchange between members of the local community and international students and scholars at Georgia Southwestern State University.

FACE: Information and Program Guidelines

FACE Student and Scholar Application

FACE Community Application




Office of International Programs

101 ACE (Academic Center for Excellence)
Georgia Southwestern State University
800 GSW University Drive
Americus, GA 31709

Sarah Speir, Ph.D., Director
(229) 931-4627


Office Hours


Walk-ins: Monday-Thursday 3:00pm-5:00pm ; Friday: 2:00pm-4:00pm

Appointments: Monday-Thursday 9:00am-10:00am or  1:00pm-3:00pm

For appointments email: (Sarah Speir) 



Student Staff:

 Ms. Kemyatta Everett, Administrative Assistant (student)
 Monday-Tuesday 8:00am-12:00pm

 Ms. Rupali Mahadik , Website Administrative Assistant (student)
 Monday- 12:00pm-2:00pm ,Tuesday 8:00am-2:00pm, Wednesday-12:00pm-2:00pm

Ms.Yuhsin Chen, Administrative Assistant (student)   
Monday- 3:30pm-2:00pm ,Wednesday 3:30pm-5:00pm, Thursday-11:00am-1:00pm, Friday-12:00pm-4:00pm









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