Study Abroad Fair to highlight destinations

Planning to study abroad but don’t know where to start? Visit the Study Abroad Fair from noon to 4 p.m. on Thursday in the Prairie Room of the Bone Student Center.

The fair will be an open house style event, so students can stay for however long they want or just stop in during a break.

“We understand that students have busy schedules between class, work and social obligations. Therefore, the fair is designed in a manner where students can come for as little or as long as they desire,” Study Abroad Advisor Haley Daignault said.

Students will have the chance to ask faculty directors, program representatives and even some recent study abroad alumni any questions they may have regarding the program.

About 35 tables will be set up, each representing a different study abroad program or country.

“The Study Abroad Office has programs in countries all over the world. Some of our most popular programs are in Italy, the UK, Spain, Australia and Japan,” Daignault said.

Each attendee will also be enrolled in a drawing for one of 10 $2,000 study abroad scholarships from the Office of International Studies and Programs. The winners will then be asked to complete a short scholarship application.

Recipients are able to use the scholarship on an OISP-sponsored study abroad program for the Summer 2014, Fall 2014, Spring 2015 or Summer 2015 terms.

Studying abroad can be a wonderful opportunity to gain experience that sets you apart from the competition in the job hunt, make lifelong friends and explore uncharted territories. Not to mention, the cost is not as outrageous as many students assume.

“Many of the programs are comparable to a semester at ISU, and some are even less,” Daignault said.

“Even if you have never considered studying abroad before, this is a great opportunity to see what opportunities are out there. There will be many resources all in one place for students to ask questions, regardless of what stage they are at in the planning process. We encourage you to stop by, enter your name in the drawing and see what opportunities may be available to you.”

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