WRITER: JESSICA SNOWDEN
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 18, 2000
UI offers information on international study at Sept. 26 Study Abroad
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- University of Iowa students who want to explore the world
during their college years are invited to begin the journey at this year's
Study Abroad Fair Tuesday, Sept. 26 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Iowa Memorial
The annual event, which is free and open to all UI students and faculty,
is organized by the UI Office for Study Abroad to provide interested students
with information about opportunities for study outside the United States.
Study abroad advisors and students who have recently returned from studying
overseas will be available to answer questions.
Nicole Peterson, a UI study abroad program assistant and organizer of this
year's fair, encourages anyone interested in studying abroad, including students
with special needs, to attend the fair even if they are not sure when and
where they want to go.
"The fair is for everyone -- those who know where they want to go,
those who are undecided and even those wandering by -- to stop in and see
what's going on," Peterson said.
The fair will feature information on approximately 60 UI sponsored programs
in more than 40 countries across the globe. In addition, representatives will
be on hand to provide information on approximately 30 programs not affiliated
with the UI. At the end of the day, drawings will be held to give away prizes
donated by student travel agencies and local businesses including Council
Travel, Active Endeavors, University Camera and Prairie Lights. The grand
prize is a Euro Rail Pass donated by Meacham Travel.
Peterson said the fair offers students incentive to start planning ahead.
She recommends students start looking into studying abroad early in their
college career. "The earlier you start planning, the better," she
said. "That way, students can avoid problems such as missing deadlines
for program and scholarship applications."
Planning ahead will also relieve a student's concern of whether or not coursework
taken abroad will count toward their major. For majors outside the College
of Liberal Arts, such as business, nursing and engineering, a variety of programs
are available to suit their needs.
Since the cost of studying abroad is a factor for many students, there will
be a table at the fair devoted to information on scholarships.
The number of UI students studying abroad continues to increase each year.
In the 1999-2000 academic year, 705 UI students, including 560 undergraduates,
studied abroad. This was a 5 percent increase from the previous academic year.
For more information about study abroad programs or to make an appointment
with a study abroad advisor, students should contact the Office for Study
Abroad, 120 International Center,
(319) 335-0353. Information on programs and scholarships is available in the
Study Abroad resource room, open weekdays from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-4 p.m.
The UI Office for Study Abroad is part of the UI International Programs,
which consists of a number of offices, centers, degree programs, academic
programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate provost
and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further internationalize
the campus and community and promote global scholarship, research and training.
EDITOR'S NOTE: To arrange an interview with a student who has studied abroad,
call Lois Gray at (319) 335-2026.