The University Office of Global Programs (UOGP) will hold its annual Education Abroad Fair from noon to 5 p.m. on Oct. 5, in Alumni Hall at the HUB-Robeson Center on Penn State's University Park campus. The event will showcase more than 190 study abroad opportunities across the world.
"Coming to the Education Abroad Fair allows students to investigate the wealth of program options in countries around the world from Tanzania to Italy to Argentina," said Barbara Rowe, director of Education Abroad in UOGP. "It's the first step in choosing the one that will best meet the student's academic goals."
Representatives from universities in France, Israel, Australia, New Zealand and other countries are flying into State College to talk to students about their specific universities and programs. In addition, Penn State colleges will host their own information sessions about opportunities that could contribute to a student's major requirements.
New features have been added this year including a session called "Can Studying Abroad Really Help My Career?" Penn State alumnus Pete Terbovich will speak at 1 p.m. in Room 129B in the HUB. Terbovich studied abroad in Italy and is now a manager at Horizon Wood Products, an international company located in the heart of central Pennsylvania.
"Studying abroad in Italy exposed me to a foreign culture that I frequently deal with in my current job. Speaking with Italian clients in a comfortable manner can make a huge difference in making a deal or solving a problem," said Terbovich.
Visit the Welcome Table
"It can be a bit overwhelming to wander into Alumni Hall and find hundreds of tables and exhibits," said Kristin Thomas, promotions and outreach coordinator for UOGP and organizer of the event. "We're encouraging students to stop by the Welcome Table, which is another new feature this year. Representatives there will help guide the student to exhibits that will most benefit their interests."