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NIU Study Abroad Fair scheduled next week

Published: Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

The Northern Illinois University Study Abroad Office will hold its 21st annual Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 18 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 can meet with representatives from study abroad programs in more than 80 countries.

The representatives include NIU faculty members who direct short-term study abroad programs worldwide and agents from independent study abroad organizations. All NIU study abroad programs make it possible for students to earn NIU academic credit while participating in a program abroad.

NIU Student Financial Aid Office staff members will be present to answer questions about financial aid and to provide information on grants, loans and scholarships. Representatives from the University Honors Program, the Latino Resource Center, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Health Services and other campus departments also will be on hand.

“Everyone at the fair will be eager to help students identify programs that best fit their majors or career interests,” Anne Seitzinger, director of the Study Abroad Office, said in a news release. “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 prefer a summer, semester or academic year program that offers a variety of courses, such as programs in Thailand offered by GlobaLinks, programs in Germany offered by CEA Global Education, or programs in Costa Rica offered by International Studies Abroad, just to name a few,” Seitzinger said in the release. “Others might want to focus on a specific topic, such as learning about Shakespeare in Oxford, public health in Indonesia, or Spanish language and culture in Toledo, Spain.”

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 raffle prizes. Raffle and photo contest prizes have been donated by area businesses, program providers, as well as several offices on campus.

Each year, the Study Abroad Fair attracts more than 600 NIU students seeking study abroad experiences outside the United States. The NIU Study Abroad Office helped more than 350 students to participate in such programs this past year.

The fair is for faculty and staff as well as students.

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. 

Both the Study Abroad Fair and Study Abroad 101 are free and open to the public. For more information, visit www.studyabroad.niu.edu, send an email to niuabroad@niu.edu or call 815-753-0700.

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