Education Abroad Office




The submission period for the 2011-2012 essay contest is now closed. Please check back in mid-January to see our winners!

Click Here to Download the (.pdf) Eligibility Form

Education Abroad Essay Contest 2011-2012

Rules & Eligibility

To be eligible for the essay contest you must be a current student (graduate or undergraduate) at Kennesaw State University at the time of application.  The essay should tell a story about the student’s global learning experience while studying abroad.

To enter, students must submit an essay of no more than 750 words that fits into one of the categories listed below.  All essays must be written in English.  Applicants are allowed to submit only one essay.

The essay must be submitted in one of the following four categories:

  • A Day In The Life – An essay that reflects what one particular day was like for you while studying abroad.
  • Service Learning – Reflect on a service learning experience in which you helped someone in the local community you visited or felt like your experience ‘gave back’ in a way.
  • A Moment in Time – Describe what the scene was like during one unique moment that stood out to you.
  • Before and After – Think back to the time before you left and reflect on how your thoughts and ideas changed after you returned.

Submissions will be accepted from November 1, 2011 – December 12, 2011.  Entries must be attached to the Education Abroad Essay Contest Entry Form (.doc) .  Students must follow all instructions on the entry form in order for submissions to be considered official.

The judging panel will consist of 5-10 staff, faculty and/or community members.  The judges will be from a variety of departments on campus.  Essays will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Following the topic provided (10 points)
  • Spelling, Grammar and Punctuation (25 points)
  • Content (50 points)
  • Creativity and Originality (15 points)

There will be one winner from each topic category, as well as honorable mentions representing the highest scores from different judging categories.  Winners will be announced publicly once a decision has been made.

The Exhibit/Publication
Winning essays will be edited by the student with help from an advisor in order to prepare the essay to appear in print.  Winning students must be willing to participate in the editing process during the week of January 9-13, 2012.  The final draft of the essays will be posted on the Education Abroad website and may be published in the university newspaper, other publications, or announcements.  By submitting an essay the student agrees to allow the Education Abroad Office and Kennesaw State University the use of his/her essay.  The winners will also have the opportunity to display portions of their essay in an exhibit on campus.  For use in various publications, the winners must be willing to provide a photo of themselves.

Winning submissions will receive prizes donated by the Education Abroad Office and other sponsors.  All winning essays will be posted on the Education Abroad website and some winning entries will be used in publications.

Essay submissions will be accepted from November 1-December 12, 2011.
The essays will be judged by the beginning of Spring semester 2012 and winners will be announced in January 2012.




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