Contact: Clare Foust, NIU Study Abroad Office
September 12, 2006
DeKalb, Ill. — Students interested in international study abroad programs and internships can get more information on available opportunities at the 14th annual Study Abroad Fair, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 28, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.
The fair will feature informational booths on study abroad programs in about 65 countries. Students can meet with NIU faculty members who direct short-term study abroad programs worldwide. Students can also meet with representatives from several independent study abroad organizations working with the NIU Study Abroad Office to offer programs for which students may still earn NIU academic credit.
Information from consulates and tourist offices will also be available. NIU Student Financial Aid Office staff members will be present to answer questions about financial aid and to provide information on federal and state loans. Potential scholarship information will be available as well.
All attending the fair will receive free goodie bags and have a chance to win one of several raffle prizes. Raffle prizes have been donated by several area businesses, as well as by NIU Athletics and the NIU School of Theatre and Dance.
“The fair encourages participants to explore the many study abroad options NIU has to offer,” said Anne Seitzinger, director of the Study Abroad Office. “Study abroad isn’t just for language majors.”
Students can seek programs in their major areas of study or they can explore options where they might earn credit toward NIU general elective requirements. Some students will prefer a semester or academic year program that offers a variety of courses, while others might want to focus on a topic such as English in Oxford or Ireland, art and design in Italy, or business management practices in England, France or Germany. There are many possibilities.
The annual Study Abroad Fair draws more than 500 NIU students seeking study abroad and internship experiences outside the United States. The NIU Study Abroad Office helped more than 300 students to participate in such programs this past year.
“Students who attend the fair will learn about programs and financial aid and loan options that will allow study abroad to become a reality,” Seitzinger said. “Past participants will be present to provide first-hand information and offer guidance and encouragement.”
The fair is for faculty as well as students.
“The annual Study Abroad Fair is an excellent opportunity for faculty members to learn how creating their own study abroad program might benefit them both personally and professionally,” Seitzinger added. “Directing an NIU study abroad program provides faculty-development opportunities as well as the means for internationalizing on-campus courses. We hope more faculty will consider attending this year’s fair.”