First-Year Semester Abroad

Semester Abroad Program

Embodying Georgia Tech’s commitment to global engagement, the First-Year Semester Abroad (FYSA) Program leverages Georgia Tech’s international campuses to provide a high quality, unique learning opportunity for students who wish to internationalize their college career and accelerate their journey to global citizenship.  

Program tracks
FYSA@GTL – Georgia Tech Lorraine, Metz, France
FYSA@Oxford – University of Oxford, Oxford, United Kingdom + a travel component

FYFA Program Goals 
Provide a program to a cohort of exceptional students who wish to expand their intellectual and cultural horizons, gain intercultural sensitivity skills, and deepen their knowledge and understanding of international settings while also fulfilling the traditional first-year curricular requirements. 

Ensure a safe, structured, and unique learning environment that immerses students in international culture, exposes them to varied perspectives on global issues, and challenges them to become adventurous, mindful learners. 

Offer experiential, travel-based learning opportunities and co-curricular enrichment. 

Students must be newly admitted undergraduate students who have been accepted to Georgia Tech’s first-year class for the upcoming academic year.

NOTE: Current undergraduates and new transfer students are not eligible for this program, but are encouraged to explore other options for spending a semester abroad. 

The program is open to students in all majors. 

Students must be 18 years of age by the date of their departure.  

Cohort Size 
The program is limited to 50 students per track in order to maintain small class sizes and promote strong student-faculty interaction. 

Language Requirements 
There are no language requirements. All courses are taught in English.

Sponsoring Departments 
Georgia Tech Lorraine
Georgia Tech-Lorraine was established in 1990 in Metz, France. The campus is located in the heart of Europe in the Grand Est region by the borders of Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany, less than 90 minutes from Paris by high-speed train. The highly innovative Lorraine campus offers programs that create synergies between academics, research, and innovation. 

Georgia Tech-Lorraine fosters the flow of ideas, creates new opportunities, and nurtures the development of leadership and innovative thinking in its students. Over 9,000 undergraduate, masters and doctoral students have spent a semester or more on the Metz campus, enriching their education with a global perspective.

Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts 
Georgia Tech Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts provides a crucial link for solving the complex challenges facing our world. Our faculty and students examine the principles, ethics, and societal impacts of technologies and globalization. By bridging social concerns and technologies, we engender compassionate solutions to improve the human condition.

Our students study the humanities, the natural and social sciences, computing, and technology. Whether learning about race and gender in politics; science and technology policy; cultures and languages; national security; political economy; foreign direct investment; film production; or user experience, app and game design, you’ll examine issues from a scientific and technological perspective, learn how to think critically, to define, evaluate, and analyze, and explore impacts on society, culture, and policy. That technology lens, along with the basic computing and math requirements for Georgia Tech undergraduates, provide a foundation that allows you to understand and work effectively with those in technology-based disciplines during your work here and, ultimately, in your career.

The Office of Undergraduate Education 
The Office of Undergraduate Education (OUE) challenges students to become accomplished learners who are able to make meaningful connections among work, study, and community. We connect curricular and co-curricular offerings to assist students in developing a strong foundation for success, during college and after. 

Faculty Director, FYSA@GTL: Dr. Vicki Birchfield, Professor in The Sam Nunn School of International Affairs, Co-Director of the Center for European and Transatlantic Studies and Director of the study abroad program on the European Union and Transatlantic Relations. 
Faculty Director, FYSA@Oxford: Dr. Carole Moore