By Kerry Kong and Natalie Farinacci
The Office of Education Abroad will conduct Ohio University's 20th annual Study Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday in the Grover Center Atrium.
Students will have the opportunity to speak with a wide array of faculty and staff who can tell them about studying, working, volunteering and interning in countries around the globe. Returning study abroad and exchange students also will be available to answer students' questions, as will representatives of independent study abroad programs, the Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships, the Peace Corps and others.
The fair's theme for this year -- tied to the fact that the event coincides with Columbus Day -- is "Chart a New Course."
Last year, Ohio University sent 1,000 students on study abroad programs. That's up from 200 to 300 at the time the first Study Abroad Fair was conducted in 1988, said former Director of Education Abroad Connie Perdreau, who now works in international programming at the State University of New York New Paltz.
The most popular destinations in recent years have been France, the United Kingdom, Spain, Italy and Mexico.
"Every year, the fair has more Ohio University programs and outside providers, and the breadth of programs available is growing year by year," said Director of Education Abroad Catherine Marshall. "Education Abroad opens incredible opportunities for students to learn more about the world, their place in the world and what impact they want to have in the near and distant future."
To celebrate of the fair's 20th anniversary, the Office of Education Abroad will award door prizes to students throughout the day.
More information about study abroad is available by calling the Office of Education Abroad at 740-593-4583 or visiting Lindley Hall 185.