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Study Abroad Fair

Attendees make their way through the dozens of program displays at the 2012 Study Abroad Fair.

Photo courtesy of: Office of Education Abroad

Study Abroad Fair

The event showcased hundreds of study abroad opportunities, allowing students to investigate opportunities from Fiji to Finland.

Photo courtesy of: Office of Education Abroad

Study Abroad Fair

Josh Sargel talks to students interested in education abroad at the 2012 Study Abroad Fair.

Photo courtesy of: Office of Education Abroad

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Study Abroad Fair helps students achieve travel dreams


On Monday, Sept. 17, the Ohio University Office of Education Abroad held its annual Study Abroad Fair in Baker Ballroom. The event showcased hundreds of study abroad opportunities, allowing students to investigate opportunities from Fiji to Finland.

The Study Abroad Fair was especially helpful for Ohio University junior Josh Sargel, who discovered his study abroad program at last year's fair.

"I had no idea where I wanted to study abroad," Sargel said. "At the fair I talked to a representative from KEI about going to China … It seemed like the best fit for me."

Despite never learning Chinese, Sargel said that he felt at home in China, among both the locals and the other international students.

"The Chinese people really want to help you," Sargel said. "It was a life-changing experience. It really opened my mind about the Chinese culture."

Camille Scott, a junior anthropology major, also spoke to the fair's impact on students' decisions to go abroad.

"The fair is great because you can talk to students who have [gone abroad] before. Face to face interaction is so important," Scott said. "That's what convinced me to go to Scotland."

Students were also able to speak with program coordinators and trained study abroad advisers. Peer advisers were stationed at the entrance of the fair to offer advice as attendees made their way through the dozens of program displays.

Erika Roitblat, a former peer adviser and current CIS Abroad Institute representative, said the fair helped her realize her passion for education abroad.
"We worked the fair as peer advisers, and I loved it," she said. "I could talk all day."

Roitblat said her own experiences abroad taught her more about herself and what she could handle. She advised that students do all they can to make studying abroad a priority.

"It will change your life," she said.

For more information on education abroad, students can stop by the Walter International Education Center weekdays from 1-4 p.m. for walk in advising, or visit the Office of Education Abroad website.

Don't miss your chance!

The deadline for winter break, spring break and spring semester study abroad programs is quickly approaching. Students must apply by Monday, Oct. 1, to be eligible for the following programs:

Winter Break:

-The Art & Architecture of Paris
-Business in Aviation in Brazil
-Costa Rica Experience
-Global Public Health in Costa Rica

Spring Break:

-Human Rights, Law & Justice in Northern Ireland
-Spanish Language Program in Spain
-German Language Program in Austria
-Language & Culture in Mexico

For more information, visit the Office of Education Abroad website.

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