WRITER: ARIANNE NARDO
CONTACT: LOIS GRAY
Iowa City IA 52242
Release: Sept. 14, 1999
Students can explore overseas opportunities Sept. 21
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- At this year's Study Abroad Fair,
University of Iowa students will have the world at their fingertips -- literally.
An assortment of pamphlets, packets and brochures detailing academic programs
in countries around the globe will be available from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday,
Sept. 21, in the Iowa Memorial Union Ballroom. The fair is sponsored by the
UI Office for Study Abroad and is free and open to all students.
The goal of the fair is to provide information to
students who are interested in study abroad but are not yet ready to meet
with a study abroad adviser, said Janis Perkins, director of the Office for
Study Abroad. About 40 booths representing hundreds of study abroad programs
will be set up at the fair, representing nearly 50 UI-sponsored study abroad
"This is like going window shopping for study abroad
programs," Perkins said. "It's a great place to start. Students can pick up
information, chat with students who've experienced a summer, semester or academic
year abroad, and begin to explore the array of possibilities out there for
The appeal of studying abroad continues to grow, as
steadily increasing numbers of both undergraduate and graduate students take
time to discover different parts of the globe. In the 1997-98 academic year,
610 UI students studied abroad. Perkins estimates a five to eight percent
increase over this figure, when the 1998-99 results are tabulated.
Much of the attention study abroad has earned on the
UI campus has occurred within the last few years as faculty and administrators
emphasize its role in education, Perkins said.
"There has been a conscious effort to demarginalize
study abroad by affiliating it more directly with the UI curriculum," said
Perkins. "We've developed programs that are closely knit into the fabric of
These linkages to various academic institutions around
the world work to give students access to a life outside Iowa. On the horizon
are three new programs that will fulfill such a need. The University of Natal
in South Africa has established a Winter School, which corresponds with the
U.S. summer session and offers a wide selection of study areas. In addition,
UI faculty members have initiated development of summer programs in Cuba,
a nation in cultural transition. Exchanges in Hungary and Korea are also being
established, and they don't require language proficiency, which is often a
concern for students who are deciding to study overseas.
The Study Abroad Fair also features representatives
from non-UI programs so that students can collect information from other institutions
and expand their options.
Students do not have to be U.S. citizens but must
be in good academic standing to apply to study abroad. For more information
about the Study Abroad Fair, or to obtain information about studying abroad,
call the Office for Study Abroad, (319) 335-0353.
The UI Office for Study Abroad administers study abroad
programs and exchanges for the University of Iowa and provides advising services
for students interested in an international educational experience. The office
also administers several scholarship competitions for international study
and research. The office is located at 120 International Center and is open
to students from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The
International Center is located at the end of Ferson Avenue in Iowa City,
off of Park Road or by foot up the stairway from Riverside Drive.
The UI Office for Study Abroad is part of UI International
Programs, which consist of a number of offices, centers, degree programs,
academic programs, research projects and services. Organized under the associate
provost and dean for International Programs, these units serve to further
internationalize the campus and community and promote global scholarship,
research and teaching.
Editors Note: If you
would like to profile a student who has studied abroad, contact Lois Gray.