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University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
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Study Abroad Fair
To Be Held Sept. 27
MAILED: Sept. 13, 2001

         EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students interested in taking liberal arts classes in a 19th century mansion in Harlaxton, England, or experiencing the rainforests in Lismore, Australia, can learn more at the Study Abroad Fair.
         The event, sponsored by the Center for International Education and Veterans of Study Abroad, will be from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, September 27, in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center.
         Study abroad coordinator Cheryl Lochner-Wright said the number of students studying abroad at UW-Eau Claire has doubled in the past five years, while only 3-4 percent of students study abroad nationwide.
         “Studying abroad allows students to step outside the familiar and discover who they are as individuals, as students and as members of this particular society in ways that are very difficult to duplicate by staying in the U.S.,” Lochner-Wright said.
         And according to Lochner-Wright, studying abroad may also help students when they enter the working world.
         “Employers say that they like to see study abroad on a resume because students who study abroad typically have certain traits employers value, such as flexibility, independence, willingness to take risks and cultural sensitivity,” Lochner-Wright said.
         Senior Amanda Olson, from Durand, studied abroad in Cuernavaca, Mexico, for a summer and was in Oviedo, Spain, during the 2000-2001 academic year. Olson decided to study abroad not only because she is a Spanish major, but also to experience different cultures on her own.
         “Studying abroad built my character, along with my confidence and my understanding for things foreign,” Olson said. “It also allowed me to take a few steps back and appreciate differences while eliminating inner-self criticism of them.”
         Olson said she has always wanted to travel abroad and the Study Abroad Fair helped her learn more about her options.
         “Students are free to walk around, look at pictures, ask questions, collect information and get a pretty good feel for what each program is about,” Olson said, noting that students will be able to have someone who is actually from a particular country or is a veteran of that program answer questions or respond to any concerns.
         For more information, call the Center for International Education at (715) 836-4411.

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Updated: Sept. 13, 2001