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Helping Your Student Make the Most of Their Summer

February 29, 2020


The University of Georgia has one of the longest academic calendars of any public university in the country. However, for this upcoming school year, the University has pushed back the first day of classes by over a week, giving students almost a three-month-long summer. So what should your students do to make the most of their time this summer? The options are endless, and it is often difficult for both parents and students to weigh these opportunities. Whether it be summer school, an internship, or studying abroad, every experience is an opportunity for your student to grow and learn. 


Below we have highlighted the important information you need to help your child make the most of their summer!



UGA has a great summer school program that allows students to work ahead, catch up on courses to meet application requirements for various colleges across campus, or keep themselves busy during the summer! Whether your student is living in Athens during the summer, seeking out an internship in a different city, or living at home, UGA has options for everyone. A variety of courses are offered both online and at UGA’s Athens campus. Classes are also offered at UGA extended campuses in Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton, Georgia. 


UGA Summer Semester Sessions: 

May Session: May 13 - June 3 (15 days of classes)

Extended: May 13 - July 29 (11 weeks of classes)

Thru: June 5 - July 29 (38 days of classes)

Short Session I: June 5 - July 1 (19 days of classes)

Short Session II: July 6 - July 30 (19 days of classes)



Students are charged per credit hour up to 14 credit hours. Once a student exceeds 15 credit hours, they will be charged flat-rate tuition. These prices do not include fees and apply to both in-person and online courses. Students seeking financial aid for summer courses must apply by April 1 to be considered for assistance.


For an in-state resident, the cost per credit hour is $326. Once a student exceeds 15 credit hours, the flat rate for tuition is $4,895.


For an out-of-state resident, the cost per credit hour is $961. Once a student exceeds 15 credit hours, the flat rate for tuition is $14,415.



Registration closes on the following dates: 

May Session: May 12

Extended: May 12 

Thru: June 4

Short Session I: June 4

Short Session II: July 2 


For more information regarding summer school, visit https://summer.uga.edu/. 



Is your student struggling to discover their desired career path or not sure what to do after college? Maybe they know exactly the career path they would like to take and want to get a jumpstart in the workforce? Internships can provide fantastic insight, experience, and growth, whether that be personally or academically. Internships often push students outside of their comfort zone and encourage them to explore new industries or roles within the workforce. LinkedIn is an excellent resource for your students to discover internship opportunities around the country and across various industries. Handshake, offered through UGA’s Career Center, is another excellent platform for UGA students to get in contact with professionals and internships. 


Access the UGA Career Center Handshake platform here: https://career.uga.edu/handshake 



Studying abroad is an amazing experience for students who are looking to expand their global knowledge, experience other countries and their cultures, and travel while being able to continue their studies. Study abroad programs exist in every corner of the world, and the experiences gained through these study opportunities are immeasurable. Whether your student chooses to study abroad for a semester, six weeks in the summer, or an entire year, there are options for everyone! UGA’s Study Abroad Advisors do an amazing job assisting students in finding the perfect program for them and ensuring that the program courses will align with their course curriculum back at UGA.  


Find more information on UGA’s study abroad programs here: https://studyaway.uga.edu/


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