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Sept. 1, 2006

Editor's Note: To arrange an interview with recent study abroad returnees, please contact Lois Gray, International Programs, 319-335-2026.

Photo: Study abroad students from the University of Iowa in India.

UI Study Abroad Fair Showcases 'Year Of Study Abroad' Sept. 12

University of Iowa students can explore educational opportunities around the world at the annual UI Study Abroad Fair Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union. The fair, organized by the UI Office for Study Abroad, is free and open to the public.

More than 70 study abroad programs sponsored by the UI will be featured. Students who have returned from programs abroad, study abroad advisers, program directors and financial aid advisers will be available to answer questions and share their experiences. Students can also talk to representatives from nearly 30 external institutions offering study abroad programs.

Fair attendees will have a chance to win door prizes including scholarships for study abroad, gift certificates to local travel agencies, backpacks, travel guides and much more.

"The Study Abroad Fair is a great venue for students to explore not only study abroad options, but also international internship, work, and volunteer opportunities," said Lori Eiserman, study abroad adviser and fair organizer. "Whether a student has a destination in mind or is just beginning to consider study abroad, attending the fair is the perfect first step toward a summer, semester, or academic year overseas."

In late 2005, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution designating 2006 as the "Year of Study Abroad." The resolution encourages initiatives to promote and expand study abroad opportunities.

In 2005-2006, more than 700 UI undergraduate students studied or conducted research abroad.  Representatives of 81 different majors studied in 54 different countries. Of those students, two-thirds participated in 75 UI programs and one-third participated in programs offered by 77 other U.S. or foreign universities. More than 200 students received $271,300 in merit- and need-based scholarships supporting study abroad.  

In conjunction with the Study Abroad Fair, the Office for Study Abroad is sponsoring a screening of "Russian Dolls," the sequel to "L'Auberge Espagnole," also known as "Euro Pudding." "Russian Dolls" tells the story of four friends from different parts of the world who are reunited five years after their summer together in Barcelona.

"We had great success collaborating with the Bijou in 2003 for a special screening of 'L'Auberge Espagnole,'" Eiserman said. "This year, we've decided to bring in the sequel to that film, 'Russian Dolls,' which highlights the fact that study abroad goes well beyond the term that you're away. As the film reveals, no matter how long your program lasts, there is always the potential to make lifelong friends, meet a future employer, or drastically change your perception of the world."

The film will be shown at the Bijou Theater in the Iowa Memorial Union Sept. 8 to 14. A list of screening dates and times can be found at http://www.uiowa.edu/~bijou. Free passes to "Russian Dolls" will be available in the Office for Study Abroad or at the Study Abroad Fair.

For more information about study abroad opportunities or to make an appointment with a study abroad adviser, contact the Office for Study Abroad, 1111 University Capitol Centre, 319-335-0353, or visit http://www.uiowa.edu/~uiabroad.

More information on specific programs and international opportunities is available in the Study Abroad Resource Room, 1111 University Capitol Centre, which is staffed by peer advisors weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 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.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACTS: Media: Lois Gray, 319-335-2026, lois-gray@uiowa.edu. Program: Lori Eiserman, 319-335-0353, mailto:lori-eiserman@uiowa.edu; Writer: Kelli Andresen