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Study Abroad Fair
Set for Sept. 26
MAILED: Sept. 16, 2002
EAU CLAIRE — University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire students interested in taking liberal arts classes in a 16th century manor in Dalkeith, Scotland, or learning the history of tribal groups in Northern Thailand, can learn about these study abroad programs and more at the UW-Eau Claire Study Abroad Fair.
The informational event, sponsored by the Center for International Education and the Veterans of Study Abroad, will be held from 3-5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Council Fire Room, Davies Center.
"Students are free to walk around, look at pictures, ask questions and collect information about each program," said senior Amanda Olson, Durand. Olson studied in Cuernavaca, Mexico, in the summer of 1999 and in Oviedo, Spain, during the 2000-01 academic year.
Olson said she always wanted to travel and the Study Abroad Fair helped her to learn about her options and pick a program that best suited her academic and career goals.
"Employers say that they like to see study abroad on a resume," said Cheryl Lochner-Wright, study abroad coordinator. "Students who study abroad typically have certain traits employers value, such as flexibility, independence, willingness to take risks and cultural sensitivity."
UW-Eau Claire offers 21 programs in 15 countries where students can gain the traits that employers are looking for. Study abroad programs for 2003-04 include Lismore, Australia; Graz, Austria; San José, Costa Rica; Sønderborg, Denmark; Alnwick, Harlaxton, Lancaster, London and Winchester, England; Caen, France; Wittenberg and Marburg, Germany; Limerick, Ireland; Kansai Gaidai, Japan; Monterrey and Cuernavaca, Mexico; Valladolid, Spain; Växjö, Sweden; Chiang Mai, Thailand, and Vietnam.
"Each of these programs provides a unique opportunity for 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 difficult to duplicate by staying in the U.S.," said Lochner-Wright.
In addition to the growing number of study abroad programs offered by the university, the number of UW-Eau Claire students who combine study and travel is also growing. Nationwide only 3-4 percent of students study abroad, while 14 percent of UW-Eau Claire students study abroad in winterim, summer, semester or yearlong programs.
UW-Eau Claire students who have studied abroad will be at the fair to answer questions and respond to student concerns.
For more information about the Study Abroad Fair, or studying abroad, call the Center for International Education at (715) 836-4411.
UW-Eau Claire News Bureau
Updated: September 16, 2002