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Global Opportunities Fair to be held Sept. 18

Ohio University’s Office of Global Opportunities (OGO) will host the Global Opportunities Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in the Baker University Center Ballroom. It is free and open to the public.

There will be representatives from a variety of study abroad and study away programs as well as tables staffed by Financial Aid, the Career and Leadership Development Center, and more. 

Catherine Marshall, director for the Office of Global Opportunities, said anyone considering studying, teaching or interning abroad should attend the fair.  

“The Global Opportunities Fair offers students the chance to learn firsthand about the world of opportunities that awaits them, be it foreign language learning in Spain and Japan, service learning in Jamaica, interning in Los Angeles or learning firsthand about healthcare in Botswana. Whether a student is just starting to consider if an international or domestic study away experience is right for them or already has a program in mind, the fair is the ideal first step to help students plot their course,” Marshall said.

The fair gives students the chance to learn more about study abroad and study away opportunities. Students will be able to speak with program directors and returned students about their experiences. OGO advisers will be on hand to answer any questions. Information will be available on scholarships, financial aid, passports and other important topics related to studying off-campus. 

When considering a global program, early planning is essential, according to Megan Avellana, a global program coordinator at the Office for Global Opportunities.

“Even if a student isn’t 100 percent set on participating in a study away program abroad or in the U.S., it’s a great idea to come to the fair and see all of the opportunities available and learn how to incorporate them into your academic plan. Students are often surprised by how many different programs OGO offers and how affordable a global experience can be with early planning. Students are also surprised that studying away can work for nearly any student and can even help students get ahead credit-wise. Sometimes students think studying abroad or off-campus won’t work for them because of their schedule, major or finances, but there are many ways to make it possible and our office is here to help.”

Ohio University offers more than 90 programs in more than 40 countries. The fair will feature many of those programs, along with programs coordinated through OHIO affiliates and third-party providers. 

For those interested in additional information on global programs, the Walter International Education Center has walk-in advising on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This article was provided by Ohio University’s Office of Global Opportunities.