Students explore many options at Study Abroad Fair


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Students visit tables at the Study Abroad Fair held at the Intercultural Exchange on Sept. 25.

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Madison College’s study abroad fair held on Sept. 25 and showcased everything the program has to offer. The fair was a helpful resource for students wanting to explore study abroad options and check out opportunities provided through the program.

Education Abroad Coordinator Tammy Gibbs put together the fair and gave her thoughts as to why student should consider studying abroad.

“Studying abroad provides students with the opportunity to experience another country and culture,” Gibbs said. “While abroad, students are able to gain cultural awareness, improve their intercultural communication skills, learn about another culture, and possibly hear or learn another language.” 

Students wanting to study abroad must complete 12 college credits and maintain a GPA of at least 2.75. Semester long programs require the completion of a basic writing course with a B or better, and for programs that require a language other than English, students must complete at least one semester of college credit or have had one year of high school credit in the language of study.

Along with coursework expectations, students must turn in the program application, two faculty recommendations, college transcripts, a signed Code of Conduct and Waiver of Liability form, and a short essay about why they would like to study abroad. 

Study abroad opportunities are available all over the world from studying renewable energy for international development in Belize to gender and women’s studies in London to a community public health program in Thailand.

Programs vary in length starting at a week, but can be as long a month or even an entire semester in another country. Most study abroad opportunities have specific degrees or areas of study that accompany that program. Semester long general study options are available in England, Ireland, Spain, and Austria. 

Costs for studying abroad are usually dependent on location, duration, and type of program. “It is important to look closely at what is included versus what is not included. Some programs include housing, tuition, food, and flights while other programs do not, so it is important to compare not only the program fee, but the additional expenses as well,” said Gibbs. 

Scholarship opportunities are available for students that range from $300-$1,500 through Madison College. Other financial opportunities exist for students who are typically underrepresented in study abroad programs, receive the Federal Pell Grant, or have active duty military parents.  

To find out more information about study abroad opportunities and programs, walk-in advising hours are available on Mondays and Thursdays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. and Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-noon in room D1610 or visit the education abroad page on the Madison College website.