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

Release: Sept. 12, 2001

UI Study Abroad Fair offers information for students Sept. 25

All University of Iowa students interested in studying abroad have an opportunity to learn more about options available in countries ranging from Australia to Venezuela at the Study Abroad Fair in the Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

The fair, which is free and open to all members of the UI community, is organized through the UI Office for Study Abroad. Information on approximately 70 University of Iowa study abroad programs and exchanges will be available. There will also be representatives present with information on hundreds of programs affiliated with the UI or that UI students have studied through in the past. Study abroad advisors and students who have recently returned from time in another country will be on hand to answer any questions regarding the study abroad process. Drawings for door prizes will occur periodically during the fair.

Bradley Rink, a study abroad advisor, is coordinating the fair, which will help students get a "jump start" on their study abroad experience. Rink stresses the fact that the fair is for all students, undergraduate as well as graduate students, with even a glimmer of interest in studying outside the United States.

"This is an opportunity for everyone, regardless of financial aid or major," Rink said. "This isn't just for language majors anymore. There's always a program for everyone, and students can go virtually anywhere in the world."

During the 2000-2001 academic year, 564 undergraduates studied abroad, showing an increase from last year. Students from many fields of study spent time abroad, including journalism, business, nursing, engineering, education and art.

There will be information available at the fair regarding financial aid and scholarships for students. The financial aspects of studying abroad does not have to be an obstacle.

"There are many affordable options for study abroad for both in-state and out of state students," Rink said.

It is important for students interested in studying abroad to plan ahead to integrate it into their time at the UI and get started on the application process early, Rink said.

"It doesn't have to be 'time away,'" he said. "The earlier students start planning, the easier it is for all of us."

For more information about study abroad opportunities or to make an appointment with a study abroad advisor, contact the Office for Study Abroad, 120 International Center, (319) 335-0353. More information on specific programs or countries is available in the Study Abroad Resource Room, 126 International Center, which is staffed by peer advisors on 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 and 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.