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WRITER: DISA LUBKER
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 12, 2001
UI Study Abroad Fair offers information for students
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.