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Study Abroad Fair set for Oct. 11

Students interested in traveling abroad will have access to a multitude of resources at Ohio University’s 22nd annual Study Abroad Fair. The fair, set to take place on Monday, Oct. 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Baker Ballroom, is the biggest study abroad event of the year.

"The Study Abroad Fair offers a great starting point for students interested in various types of international opportunities," said Molly Micheels, program coordinator  in the Office of Education Abroad. “It is one of the few times during the year that representatives from Ohio University programs, OHIO affiliates and outside providers will be together in the same room.”

Hundreds of programs, both through the University and through other providers, will be represented at the fair, spanning more than 40 countries. The majority of Ohio University’s more than 60 study abroad programs will be represented. Students can also find out about opportunities to volunteer and intern abroad.

"The fair is not a commitment, but rather a great opportunity to see what kind of opportunities are out there,” said Catherine Marshall, director of the Office of Education Abroad.

The Study Abroad Fair equips students with information to start planning an education abroad experience. In addition to Ohio University program directors and alumni, representatives from the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships and the Athens County Clerk of Courts will be available to answer questions about scholarships and obtaining a passport.

The Office of Education Abroad is also offering personalized, on-the-spot advising during the fair to help students begin the sometimes intimidating process of getting started.

"There are a lot of choices out there; trained advisors not only give you information on how to do a successful search, but they often act as a soundboard, helping students focus and prioritize so as to get the most out of their experience abroad, " Marshall said.

Last year, more than 800 Ohio University students studied abroad, developing and enhancing skills that will make them more competitive when applying for jobs or graduate programs, said Marshall.

"It enriches their education by expanding their classroom beyond Ohio University's campuses into the world,” she said. “Students who accept the challenge of study abroad not only learn about people and cultures from around the globe, they also gain invaluable insight into themselves."

For more information about study abroad, please visit the Office of Education Abroad in Lindley 185 or contact the office at education.abroad@ohio.edu or 740-593-4583.