ATHENS, Ohio (Oct. 6, 2005) -- Students interested in education abroad programs are encouraged to stop by the 17th annual Study Abroad Fair, which takes place 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday, Oct. 10, at the Baker Center Ballroom.
Interested students will be able to receive information about programs all over the world, not just to study abroad, but also work, volunteer, teach and intern abroad.
"What we're going to do is have all the global study options available to Ohio University students in one place," says Connie Perdreau, director of Education Abroad. "Programs will be represented by former participants who will be able to give a "human connection" to possible future travelers."
Ohio University offers 70 programs to 37 countries, many of which will be represented at the fair. Representatives from about 15 programs from other universities and international educational organizations will also attend the fair.
The Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships will be available to advise students of their financial aid options while studying abroad.
"There is a program for everybody," Perdreau says. "The programs range in cost and academic requirements. This is a great opportunity."
Perdreau believes study abroad students tend to appreciate diversity more than those who do not travel and have better problem-solving skills and self-confidence.
"We need global thinkers," Perdreau said. "Nothing is local anymore, so employers and graduate programs are looking for that extra piece of experience that only an international experience can give a student."
Programs are available all academic year and some during summer break and winter intersession as well.
During the 2003-04 school year, 903 Ohio University students studied abroad. This was an increase of almost 20 percent from the previous year's enrollment of 751 students in study abroad programs.
The Office of Education Abroad strongly encourages all interested students to begin planning for their time abroad as early as possible.
Students interested in studying abroad should visit the education abroad office in Gordy Hall 107 for more information.
"I hope as many people come out as possible, because this is a life-changing program," Perdreau said.
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