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WRITER: JESSICA SNOWDEN
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
International Programs
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 335-2026
e-mail: lois-gray@uiowa.edu

Release: Sept. 18, 2000

UI offers information on international study at Sept. 26 Study Abroad Fair

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 Union Ballroom.

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.