Study abroad fair planned for Oct. 22

Ashlee Clark

Students seeking to take their education beyond the Hill can get information about studying abroad.

There will be a Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday on the third floor of the Downing University Center.

Study abroad adviser Yating Chang said there will be 15 program providers at the fair to increase awareness of their programs.

Exhibitors at the fair will include the Peace Corps, Semester at Sea, the department of modern language and intercultural studies and the department of geography.

Chang said that she hopes the fair will break down some common misconceptions students may have about studying abroad, such as the cost of traveling, how long a student would remain in the country or the kinds of credits they would receive.

“If I can clear the path for the student, I really don’t see a student saying no,” Chang said.

Elizabethtown junior Krystal Verschage plans to study abroad for the first time this spring in Spain.

“I like traveling and seeing new places,” Verschage said. “You learn new things when you see other places.”

She said that going overseas can help other students.

“If they want to get a better aspect of who they are in this huge, big world, studying abroad is a great experience,” said Verschage, who will be teaching an English as a second language certification class while in Spain.

Cincinnati senior Beau Jarfi said that studying at Cambridge University in England in fall 2002 was a unique opportunity.

“In order to appreciate America, you have to leave it and see it from an internal perspective and external perspective,” Jarfi said. “When you look at America on a map as a place where you used to be, then it starts to hit home.”

Chang said that her goal is to eventually have all Western students study abroad.

“I hope that students make full use of this opportunity,” Chang said.

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