Sept. 3, 2008
Students can learn about global opportunities at Study Abroad Fair Sept. 9
University of Iowa students can learn about diverse global educational 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. 9, on the second floor of University Capitol Centre, in the Old Capitol Town Center. Organized by the UI Office for Study Abroad, the annual fair 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 and much more. "This fair offers students the opportunity to speak with representatives from various study abroad programs. In addition, study abroad advisers and students who have recently returned from studying abroad will be available to speak with fair attendees," said Teresa Kout, UI Office for Study Abroad participant services coordinator and fair organizer.
In 2006-07, the most recent year for which data are available, 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.
With the current state of the American dollar, especially in comparison to the Euro, one of the main concerns for students is the cost involved in studying abroad, Kout said. Study abroad staff hopes to address these concerns at the fair by showcasing a variety of short- and long-term programs with differing costs. Academic and financial information and advice will also be available, as well as health and safety information.
"There are many scholarships available, both need- and merit-based. The Study Abroad Fair and the Office for Study Abroad are excellent resources for this information," Kout said.
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://international.uiowa.edu/study-abroad.
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 advisers 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.
NOTE TO EDITORS: To interview a UI student who has studied broad, contact Kelli Andresen at 319-335-2026 or email@example.com.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500