With our Study Abroad Fair just around the corner, we wanted to share some tips on how to prepare beforehand, what to expect when you’re there, and what to do after you’ve attended the fair. You might be overwhelmed at first by the variety of program options for studying abroad (as well as interning and volunteering abroad!), but it’s good to remember that there are always people to talk to and resources to use to figure out what the best option is for you!
So you’re wondering, “Should I do anything before the fair?” Well, the main thing you should do is decide what your goals are. Are you completely open to exploring every study abroad program offered at USA? Or have you already explored the programs online and narrowed down to a few you’re interested in? Do you have specific questions about a certain program? What are your goals for when you go abroad? Do you want to study in another language or in English-taught classes? Do you want to be an intern or work with children?
It’s important to have a little bit of an idea before going so you’re able to figure out who you need to talk to while you’re at the fair. Your next question is, “What exactly do I do at the Study Abroad Fair?” Once you get to the Student Center on Monday there will be numerous representatives from international programs, the University of South Alabama Office of International Education staff, and some of USA’s International Education Ambassadors. Everyone will be there to give you as much information as you need about studying abroad and to help you figure out what option is best for you. Some of the international program representatives will be the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS), Academic Programs International (API), the Center for International Studies (CISabroad), the Institute for Study Abroad at Butler University (IFSA-Butler), Modern Language Study Abroad (MLSA) and many more. You should walk around and stop by any table that you think you’re interested in and ask them questions! You should also talk to the Ambassadors because they have all previously studied abroad and are great resources! Everyone is there to help you and no question is stupid, so be sure to ask!
“What do I do next?” After you’ve gone to the Study Abroad Fair the best things to do are:
- Attend an Information Session with the IE Ambassadors. The Info Sessions will be held on Wednesdays at 11am and Thursdays at 4pm.
- Talk with your Academic Advisor about what classes you could take abroad and when the best time would be for you.
- Further research the programs that you are interested in.
- Look up scholarships! There are many scholarships out there, including a new $100,000 OIE scholarship that is granted to qualified students studying abroad.
- Apply for the program through the USA Study Abroad website to get started!
The Study Abroad Fair is a huge benefit for students interested in going abroad. There will be tons of information readily available, people to talk to, popcorn and drinks, and awesome giveaways, including two $100 flight vouchers, t-shirts, coozies and more, so you definitely don’t want to miss out! USA Student Center, Monday, September 15th from 10am-3pm.