The Office of International Education Presents The Study Abroad Fair

By: Gracie King

I see London, I see France, now’s the time to take a chance! This Tuesday, September 13, the Office of International Education will be hosting their Study Abroad Fair for prospective students in the Student Center Lobby from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

The O.I.E., a division of Global USA, works to facilitate engagement between South students and international programs offered by the university. Their mission is to incorporate “global perspectives into international endeavors at the University of South Alabama.”

The fair will offer students the opportunity to meet with representatives from the various programs as well as advisors to discuss financial aid options. There will be games, free t-shirts, and a scavenger hunt to participate in. You can also grab some light refreshments as you plan your trip to Spain, Korea, the United Kingdom – the list goes on and on.

You may be thinking, “Don’t you have to be a foreign language or literature student to be able to study abroad?” While foreign language and modern classical language and literature majors are required to study abroad, any student is able to travel abroad through the university. 

“Study abroad provides great opportunities to take the place of required courses or electives,” said Jan Dominique Santos, an international education advisor. “Students are highly encouraged to speak to their advisors to see how the study abroad course will best fit into their schedules or degree audit.”

There is a multitude of opportunities for study abroad trips that students can take. This past summer, nearly 15 affiliate, and faculty-led trips ran in all different parts of the world. 

“This summer, we have 20 different faculty-led programs that will be highlighted at the Fall Study Abroad Fair,” said Shawn Dillard, the current Interim Director of International Education.

Trips can range from a week long, all the way to an entire semester-long exchange program, depending on what is required for your degree or simply how many sites you wish to visit.

You shouldn’t let travel costs deter you from looking at studying abroad either. There are plenty of scholarships available through Jagspot and other external sources that you can apply for. You could also win a small scholarship if you complete the scavenger hunt at the Study Abroad Fair.

If you’ve ever thought about traveling to a new country but didn’t know how to start or where to begin, the Study Abroad Fair is the perfect place to learn about all the study abroad opportunities, meet other interested students, and start planning your international experience.