Tuesday September 20, 2016

Learning around the World: Explore the Education Abroad Fair

“Before you change the world, let the world change you.” This is just one of the many mottos the Office of Education Abroad and Partnerships encourages students to consider for their four years at the University of Dayton. This year, that motto is no different as the Education Abroad team prepares to host their annual Education Abroad Fair on Wednesday, September 28 from 4:00-7:00pm in the Kennedy Union Ballroom and Kennedy Union Torch Lounge. As the largest event the office plans each year, this fair is an opportunity to highlight all of the international education programs offered through the University of Dayton. There are also opportunities to interact with outside organizations, or third party providers, who offer additional programs for students at UD. Historically bringing in close to 500 students, the excitement for next Wednesday continues to rise. Tables line the walls in the ballroom, offering the opportunity for students to ask any questions pertaining to how to make studying abroad happen for them.

Additionally, the fair allows students to consider all aspects of making an experience abroad realistic by exploring the financial aspects of each program. The Financial Aid office is present to engage with students, and to answer any questions pertaining to covering the costs of the various programs. Students can also explore what scholarship opportunities are available through the university.

Heather Schieman, the Study Abroad Advisor for the office reflects, “the fair is an opportunity to see everyone's love and enthusiasm for international education, and [is a] chance for the community to highlight ways in which they can make this part of their undergraduate experience.”

The Education Abroad team is looking forward to implementing two new aspects to the fair this year. First, a peer-to-peer advising section will offer several different areas for students to ask other students what their experience was like while they studied abroad in specific regions or programs through UD. Located in the Torch Lounge, the team is hoping students will find it useful to hear what their peers have to share.

Second, the learning does not stop at the end of the fair.  On Friday, September 30 at 2:00pm in the McGinnis Multipurpose Room, the Education Abroad team will offer an evening program for students called “Unpacking the Study Abroad Fair” for students to further process any of the information they gathered. The fair can be a lot of information in a short period of time, so this will provide students with an additional opportunity to evaluate what makes sense for their own interests and needs.

The fair is not just for students. Faculty from all over the university are encouraged to attend and learn more about the programs well suited for their specific majors and departments. Fellow faculty members who lead current study abroad programs will be present, and can offer insights for those who may have future interests in teaching abroad.

And finally, after the fair, there is only a little time to make a final decision about what programs are best suited for you. Applications for spring 2017 programs are due October 1, and summer 2017 programs have a rolling admission deadline of February 1.  For more information, stop by the office in Rike 208, or chat with us online at udayton.edu/edabroad

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