Students Discover Unique Opportunities at Study Abroad Fair – The Oakland Post
Oakland University students received information about study abroad and study abroad opportunities at the OU Study Abroad Fair Sept. 21 from 11 p.m. at 1 p.m. at the Habitat, located in the basement of the Oakland Center.
During the event, more than 20 program directors offered participants information on their respective journeys. Various student representatives also spoke about their experience participating in study abroad programs and explained how interested persons could become involved in the programs offered by the university.
Representatives explained the purpose of their program and handed out informational materials to people who visited their tables. In addition to study abroad faculty and partner organizations, a cartoon station and refreshments were also provided free of charge during the event.
A stand offered information on a three-week program on Italian language and culture. The trip, which will take place in May and June of the summer semester I 2023, will allow students to visit the beautiful Italian coastal city of Trieste.
“Students must complete a semester of Italian before participating in this program,” said program director Caterina Pieri. “Participants will be able to see a beautiful part of Italy while learning about Italian culture.”
Another table promoted a three-week Spanish program that will take students to Segovia, Spain in May 2023. Students will spend a week in a Spanish course on campus at OU and two weeks in a host family in Segovia.
“This program is extremely fast-paced and academically demanding,” said program director Mary Hartson. “Despite the rigorous curriculum, students will gain a wealth of cultural and linguistic knowledge by spending time exploring Spain and living with a host family.”
For students who want to study abroad but do not want to leave the country, a National student exchange program might be a good fit. The National Student Exchange Program allows OU students to attend another university for one semester while continuing their current course of study.
Alternative Spring Break (ASB), a student organization at UO, also hosted a table at the Study Abroad Fair. ASB is a service-oriented group that allows participants to travel across the country during their academic break to help communities in need.
In the fall, student volunteers for the ASB – called site leaders – partner with charities to plan service trips. On the trips, participants focus on prioritizing various service values and learning beneficial skills to bring back to OU.
“Alternative Spring Break is a great way to meet new friends while giving back to the community,” said ASB Councilor Daryl Blackburn. “Our club is excited to be sending OU students to many locations next spring.”
OU’s Department of International Education offers more than 300 programs in 45 countries. Students can visit UO Study Abroad Webpage for more information on international study options. Additionally, those interested in participating in Alternative Spring Break programs can join the organization at GrizzOrgs.