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Contact: Clare Foust, NIU Study Abroad Office
(815) 753-9694

January 19, 2006

NIU Study Abroad Office makes first steps easier

DeKalb, Ill. – The NIU Study Abroad Office is offering two new informational series that will make it easier than ever for students to learn how to make the dream of studying abroad become a reality.

“Study Abroad 101: First Steps to Study Abroad” is a series of informal presentations and question-and-answer sessions for students who are either considering studying abroad or are in the early phases of the planning process. The sessions are non-sequential and will be offered at 1:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday at the NIU Study Abroad Office in Williston Hall 417.

“Students will be able to get information on how to choose a study-abroad program, how to apply and how to find money to pay for study abroad,” says Emily Gorlewski, program assistant. “Studying in another country is not just for foreign language majors anymore. There are many options available for almost any major, including faculty-directed programs, NIU-cosponsored programs and international internships.”

The second new series, titled “Program Providers in Person,” will allow students to meet with representatives of off-campus study-abroad program providers.

“Students sometimes find the array of study-abroad options available to them overwhelming,” says Clare Foust, outreach and programming coordinator for NIU Study Abroad. “Our intention with the Program Providers in Person series is to make the programs that we offer in conjunction with outside organizations – what we call cosponsored programs – more accessible and understandable. That personal contact is important.”

Students can find out about scheduled visits by looking in the Northern Star's FYI section, in the “campus visits” section of the university's Web calendar (available via the “Calendar” link on the NIU homepage) or by contacting the NIU Study Abroad Office.

Thus far, visits are scheduled for:
• Tuesday, Jan. 24: Damien Marshall of the American Institute for Foreign Study (see ).
• Wednesday, Jan. 25: Julia Wheeler of Denmark 's International Study Program (see ).
• Thursday, Jan. 26: Barry Stinson of AustraLearn (see ).
• Wednesday, Feb. 1: Kristi Hanratty of Cultural Experiences Abroad (see ).
• Wednesday, Feb. 8: Hannah Thurber of the School for International Training (see ).
• Thursday, Feb. 9: Katherine Wildman of Semester at Sea (see ).
• Wednesday, Feb. 15: Elizabeth Lock of International Studies Abroad (see ).
• Thursday, Feb. 16: Danielle McCumber of the Institute for American Universities (see ).

Students with questions about Study Abroad 101 sessions, the Program Providers in Person series or study abroad in general are encouraged to call (815) 753-0420, email or visit the Study Abroad Office in Williston Hall 417.