The Office of International Education will hold its Study Abroad Fair from 2 until 6 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12 at the Alumni Welcome and Conference Center.
The fair, which is an open house format, will have representation from various programs and services. Exhibitors include:
- UW Oshkosh faculty who lead study abroad programs.
- Office of International Education (OIE) staff who can advise on all study abroad and away options (UWO offers both international and domestic destinations) including short-term programs that occur at the end of each semester or summer (usually 2-4 weeks long led by UWO faculty), and semester or year-long programs through either direct enrollment or exchange (exchange means students pay UWO tuition to study at another university).
- Other UW System universities.
- 3rd party companies offering study abroad options that UWO has vetted as reliable and academically sound program options.
The event is open to all students and UWO staff. Historically, the event has drawn more than 700 students.
It’s a learning experience in a casual and fun environment–“one-stop shopping” for information on specific program offerings as well as related services, such as financial aid, the application process, and course and credit details. Students and program representatives can talk one-on-one to really get a feel for what learning abroad might be like and how it will help them achieve their academic and post-graduation goals.
The fair is also an opportunity for students to dispel some of the myths related to study abroad, such as prohibitive costs and foreign language requirements. There is a wide range of costs to study abroad depending on the program, but one of our lowest cost options is USA Summer Camp where students work as camp counselors in Japan for 8 weeks in the summer. Cost to student–only about $700! The vast majority of UWO study abroad programs do not require that you speak a foreign language, unless it’s a course specific to a foreign language.
UWO students studying abroad and away supports at a high level the strategic priorities that are part of UWO’s 2016-2021 Strategic Plan, including academic excellence through globally-focused undergraduate and graduate curricula, innovative teaching and learning experience that utilize global and experiential learning, interdisciplinary approaches, a focus on student engagement, and the enhancement of creative and critical thinking.
For many students, the Study Abroad Fair is where they first begin to formulate a goal to student abroad or away as well as a plan and timeline to achieve that goal.