Studying abroad is often a valuable experience, but when it comes to choosing a country and applying, the idea of studying abroad can seem a bit overwhelming.
Luckily, the study abroad office here at Illinois State will host their annual Study Abroad Open House from 12 to 2 p.m. on Thursday at Milner Library Plaza, to answer any and all questions.
Study Abroad Advisor Alex Ratcliff said, the open house will provide students with the information they need to make a decision.
“We’re really excited because we’re doing something new this year. We’re focusing on all of the ISU programs. Students can stop by and get information regarding their different majors,” Ratcliff said.
The open house will allow students to speak to past participants, so that they can gain honest insight regarding what studying abroad is all about.
The study abroad office will also be providing free popcorn and lemonade, as well as a drawing for 10 free $150 application fees.
If you are unsure of whether or not living in a different country for a semester is the right choice for you, this is a great opportunity to weigh the benefits.
“We’re a little biased, as we joke, but the job market today is rough. Having that extra edge will set you apart and differentiate yourself from the crowd,” Ratcliff said.
And for those of you who may be money conscious, the open house may also be able to ease some of your concerns.
A number of the offered programs are extremely affordable, Ratcliff said.
“In some cases, students will find that they are saving money by living abroad.”
Overall, the study abroad open house is a great way to learn a little bit more about living in a different country, as well the process of applying.
“This [the open house] is a great first step. If you’re not quite sure or don’t know how to get started, we’re having a bunch of first step meetings and will have information about those as well,” Ratcliff said.