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Study Abroad Fair educates students on international opportunities.

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Published: Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Updated: Sunday, December 15, 2013 11:12

Study Abroad

Photo by J.Christoffersen/ The Gateway

Students gather outside Milo Bail Student Center on September 25 for the international Studies and Programs Fair.

The International Studies and Programs department hosted the Fall Study Abroad Fair on Sept. 25 outside the University of Nebraska at Omaha Milo Bail student center.

Tables and booths lined the walkway, while students stopped to explore the options that UNO offers for students looking to study abroad. Booths included universities that are a part of the UNO exchange program, faculty led class trips and third party providers all looking to give students the experience of studying in a different country.

The exchange program is a unique opportunity that allows students to use their UNO tuition to study abroad. While the options of countries to visit are fewer, being able to pay the same amount of tuition as one would at UNO is an opportunity some can’t pass. There are also options of financial aid and scholarships for students looking to study abroad.

“It’s one of those once in a lifetime opportunities to have a vacation paid for and all you have to do is buy your plane ticket,” saidEmily Hassenstab, manager of education abroad and global partnerships.

Hassenstab said that any student looking to study abroad goes through her.

She also said most of the people working the exchange program booths are students who have studied abroad or who are currently here from a different country. Having these students who have experienced studying abroad gives potential students the opportunity to ask questions and get first hand accounts of their experiences.

For those looking to be more eccentric in their studies, the third party providers offer an array of countries and majors for students to choose from. Hassenstab said that students looking to study art history or a language might have a few more options if they go through a third party provider.

The third party providers are also where things can get pricey.

“The biggest misconception is that studying abroad has to be expensive,” Hassenstab said. “As long as you’re flexible with your destination, the exchange program can be very reasonable.”

The study abroad program had roughly 400 students studying abroad last year, and Hassenstab said that ideally she would like that number to at least double.

She also said that students most often study in Europe but there are hundreds of countries for students to choose from.

There will be another study abroad fair next semester in late January.

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