Fair ye well: Study abroad fair provides options for international adventures, academics
The International Programs Office will host a study abroad fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in the Idaho Commons Plaza. Seven program providers will present international study opportunities in almost 300 cities across 65 countries offered through the IPO.
Study Abroad Adviser Colton Oliphant said the fair will be a unique opportunity to talk to the providers face to face, something students often can’t do when planning their semesters abroad.
University of Idaho faculty members who will lead student excursions abroad will also be there. Jill Kellogg-Serna, study abroad and exchange coordinator, said she hopes some foreign exchange students from UI partner schools will be available to talk with other students about their respective countries and institutions.
“So if students are interested in speaking to someone more in-depth, they can talk to them instead of just reading what we have on the flyer,” she said.
Kellogg-Serna said the fair will be helpful for students who may be interested in going abroad but haven’t thought it possible.
Oliphant said the fair will lay to rest some mistaken taken assumptions about international study, including the idea that it’s “too expensive.”
“The majority of our programs are affordable for in-state and out-of-state students,” he said.
Oliphant said program options sometimes change as country or institutional availability shifts, and students “can go anywhere in the world if they need to.”
Kellogg-Serna said no one should feel limited or unfit to study abroad.
“Anybody, no matter what their major or budget, should go abroad,”
For more information about going abroad or to schedule an appointment with an adviser, visit the IPO in the Living Learning Community complex across from the Theophilus Tower, adjacent to the 24-Hour Information Desk.
Matt Maw can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org