NIU Study Abroad Fair scheduled Thursday, Sept. 25

Come to the Study Abroad FairThe NIU Study Abroad Office will hold its 22nd annual Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, 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 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 Center for Black Studies, the Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Health Services and other campus departments also will be on hand.

“The fair provides a chance for students to find out about the many study abroad opportunities available at NIU. At the Fair students can talk to Study Abroad Office staff, NIU faculty program directors, study abroad providers and study abroad alumni,” said Anne Seitzinger, director of the Study Abroad Office.

“Everyone at the fair will be eager to help students identify programs that match their majors or career interests. There are dozens of options that allow students to find a program in their major area of study, including internships. All NIU programs offer NIU credit and oftentimes fulfill NIU general education requirements.

“Students can study abroad during a summer, semester, winter break, spring break or academic year. Programs range in cost but some are equal to or less than the cost of a semester or year here at NIU,” Seitzinger added.

Study Abroad Photo ContestThe fair will feature voting for the Study Abroad Office Photo Contest, and all in attendance will receive free goodie bags and have a chance to win one of several raffle prizes. Raffle and photo contest prizes were donated by area businesses, program providers and several campus offices.

“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. “Students can also talk to study abroad alumni who 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.”

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 at 3:30 p.m. every Wednesday and Thursday in the NIU Study Abroad Office, located in Williston Hall 417.

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

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