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Aug. 31, 2007

Photo: University of Iowa students and friends enjoy a trip to Glencoe, in the Highlands of Scotland, during a study abroad experience.

Students can learn about global opportunities at Study Abroad Fair Sept. 11

University of Iowa students can learn about diverse global education opportunities available through the UI during the annual UI Study Abroad Fair. This year's fair takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11 in the Second Floor Ballroom of the Iowa Memorial Union on the UI campus. Organized by the UI Office for Study Abroad, the fair is free and open to the public.

More than 75 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 40 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.

"Study abroad has become a major component of the undergraduate college experience," said Lori Eiserman, outreach coordinator in the UI Office for Study Abroad. "Not only is it a remarkable opportunity to gain a better global perspective and become more cultural competent, but it helps students learn important skills that they will use in the professional world after they've graduated."

In 2006-07, more than 1,200 UI undergraduate students studied or conducted research abroad and the Office for Study Abroad awarded more than $400,000 in need- and merit-based scholarships.

Beginning in Spring 2008, even more UI students will be able to study abroad thanks to a $6 million gift to the University of Iowa Foundation from the estate of Ann U. Morse of Fort Myers, Fla. The bequest creates and endows the Ann Morse Study Abroad Scholarships, which will enable the Office for Study Abroad to offer undergraduate study abroad opportunities to UI colleges and student populations that have not widely participated in such programming.

The Morse gift will significantly increase existing financial aid and scholarship support for study abroad, allowing the university to award study abroad scholarships to approximately 150 additional UI students each year. The gift allows for flexibility in awarding the scholarships and in responding to changing student interests and needs over time.

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 enables UI students, faculty, staff and the public to learn from and about the world. Its offices, degree programs and events provide life-changing opportunities on campus and abroad, heighten intellectual and cultural diversity and give all university constituents access to vital international knowledge. For more information, visit http://intl-programs.uiowa.edu/ or call 319-353-2700. International Programs is part of the UI Office of the Provost.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Lori Eiserman, UI Office for Study Abroad, 319-335-0353, lori-eiserman@uiowa.edu; Kelli Andresen, UI International Programs, 319-335-2026, kelli-andresen@uiowa.edu

EDITORS: To interview a UI student who has studied broad, contact Kelli Andresen at 319-335-2026 or kelli-andresen@uiowa.edu