Study Abroad Fair offers opportunity
Students who participate in study-abroad programs describe the experience in different ways, but the overall message is clear. "Many call it a transformative experience," said Consuelo Clemens, associate director for the UW-Parkside Center for International Studies. "They learn a new language, meet lifelong friends, learn from the people they meet, experience another system of higher education, and discover new ways of learning. Plus, they learn to think from the perspective of their host country, and gain marketable experience."
About 50 students attended the Study Abroad Fair Wednesday, Feb. 8, in Main Place. The event showcased programs sponsored by UW-Parkside, including two programs scheduled for summer 2012: Cuba, and Ostfalia, Germany, where students have the opportunity to improve language and computer skills. "We are happy to report that the program, 'Doing Business in China,' has already reached the 15 student capacity," Clemens said. "However, we're still accepting applications for the summer program in Italy at the University of Calabria."
Students also had the opportunity to talk with the university's study-abroad partners. Representatives from AIFS, CEA Global Education, ASA - Academic Studies Abroad, CISabroad, ISA - International Studies Abroad, API - Academic Programs International, and Semester at Sea were on hand. These organizations offer a variety of international study opportunities, and provide students with information on scholarships.
Representatives were in attendance from other UW System campuses. UW-Oshkosh sponsors a program in Hessen, Germany, and UW-River Falls has a program available every semester called Wisconsin in Scotland. Here students study and live in Dalkeith Castle, a 300 year-old estate.
Clemens encourages students interested in study-abroad opportunities, including 2013 programs scheduled for Chiapas, Mexico, and Japan, to contact the Center for International Studies. The center is located in Greenquist 210 and on the web at uwp.edu Keyword: International Studies.