The Office of International Studies is hosting a Study Abroad Open House from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, just outside Milner Library on Milner Plaza.
“The open house is really just an opportunity for students to drop by and get information about studying abroad and our program,” Samantha Potempa, Study Abroad Program coordinator, said.
The event will include tables with faculty members involved with the program, a raffle for 10 free $100 application fees, free popcorn and lemonade, Potempa said.
“All students are invited. Study Abroad is open to anyone with an interest in the program. We want to help students find a good fit for their academic interests and share more information,” she said.
Potempa said there is no particular year in school or major that is best for studying abroad.
Students must be at least at sophomore status with 24 credit hours, but there are not many other limitations as to who can participate, she added.
At the open house students will receive information about the different programs offered, how to apply and available abroad locations. Faculty members attending will be open for questions, Potempa said.
“I studied abroad in Florence, Italy in the fall of 2012. I was there for a semester, but I wish I could have spent more time there,” Hayley McNamee, junior legal studies and political science major, said.
McNamee said she encourages other students to study abroad because it really changed her life.
“I think so differently about things since I have seen the world. I got to live in Italy and visit Switzerland, Croatia, Greece and France, and was able to study with students from over 10 different countries,” McNamee said.
She said she believes studying abroad is part of one’s education to get out of their comfort zones, move to an unknown location and experience something new you never would have before.
“Studying abroad opened so many doors for me. Do it when you have the chance, you won’t regret it,” she added.
McNamee has plenty of unbelievable stories and memories she would have never been able to get had she not studied abroad.
For more information, visit InternationalStudies.IllinoisState.edu.