The Center for Global Education Hosts a Study Abroad Fair

Students attended the fair to learn about different study abroad options. Photo by Bella VanMeter.


More than 350 students gathered in Reilly Hall for the study abroad fair on October 4th. Students passed through a series of booths advertising global destinations and had the opportunity to speak with program directors as well as students who have already been abroad.

Sophomore Theater Arts Administration student Maggie Sapyta was at the study abroad fair to tell students about her experience last year at the three-week theater and arts immersion program in London that she attended. participated.

Sapyta said her trip abroad broadened her artistic talent and exposed her to the dynamic appreciation of theater in London. She wants to live abroad again and is even considering doing the same program for a second year.

“[Studying abroad] is a great opportunity to deepen your own learning and understand why you are in the program you want to attend, because there is so much to learn from other countries and cities,” said Sapyta.

The Global Education Center sent about 700 students abroad each year before COVID-19, said Calie Dickey, associate director for study abroad. Although the number of students going abroad dropped during the pandemic, Dickey said they were almost back to pre-pandemic numbers.

“I would say this semester is really the first time that we really feel like we’re going back to what we were seeing before COVID, so it’s really exciting to see everyone show up and find out their study options at overseas,” Dickey said.

CGE offers faculty-led programs, exchange programs, and even internship opportunities abroad. There are destinations on six continents and in more than 50 countries.

Students can also stay in the United States and spend a semester in Los Angeles, New York, or Washington, DC for internships and learning experiences.

Dickey wants students to know that they can travel abroad regardless of major and that CGE offers scholarships and support to help students go abroad.

“I think the most important thing we have in our office is just to let students know that, first of all, students in any major can study abroad, whether it’s our full semester or for a short-term period,” Dickey said. “We just want everyone to be able to access this experience.”

Leslie Luong, a junior P1 in pharmacy, has already enrolled in the Mediterranean diet program in Italy, as well as the healthcare delivery program in London. She said those credits will go towards her pharmacy major.

“It mostly goes towards my professional elective credits for pharmacy,” Luong said. Students can access specific financial information about studying abroad website. It is also encouraged that students speak with their advisors to help them find a suitable program for their major and requirements before choosing a program.