NIU students at the Eiffel Tower
Contact: Anne Seitzinger, NIU Study Abroad Office
September 10, 2009
DeKalb, Ill. — The NIU Study Abroad Office will hold its 17th Annual Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, in the Duke Ellington Ballroom of the Holmes Student Center.
All students who would like to learn more about the possibility of studying abroad are invited to attend. Students will have the opportunity to meet with host representatives of study abroad programs in about 75 countries.
The representatives include NIU faculty members who direct short-term study abroad programs worldwide and agents from independent study abroad organizations that offer programs for which students may earn NIU academic credit.
NIU Student Financial Aid Office staff members will be present to answer questions about financial aid and to provide information on loans and scholarships. Representatives from NIU’s Career Services, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Latino Resource Center and other campus departments also will be on hand.
“The fair provides an opportunity for students to get answers to their questions and accomplish a great deal of research all in one place on September 24,” said Anne Seitzinger, director of the Study Abroad Office. “Representatives will help students identify programs that best fit their majors or career interests. There are dozens of options that allow students to find a program in their major area 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 a field school in Cambodia or Sicily, accountancy in Switzerland or robotics and manufacturing in China,” Seitzinger added. “It’s imperative that NIU students understand their profession or area of study from a global perspective.”
The fair will feature voting for the Study Abroad Office Photo Contest, and all attending the fair will receive free goodie bags and have a chance to win one of several excellent raffle prizes. Raffle and photo contest prizes have been donated by several area businesses, as well as by several offices on campus.
Each year, the Study Abroad Fair attracts about 600 NIU students seeking study abroad 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 and staff as well as students.
“Faculty members will learn how creating their own study abroad programs can benefit them both personally and professionally,” Seitzinger said. “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.”
Students who aren't able to attend the fair can plan to attend an informative presentation and question-and -answer session titled, “Study Abroad 101: First Steps to Study Abroad.” Study Abroad 101 content is the same at each session, so students need only attend once to learn the basics. The presentation will be offered every Wednesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in the NIU Study Abroad Office.
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