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Students explore international opportunities at campus fair

Staff Writer

Published: Monday, September 24, 2012

Updated: Monday, September 24, 2012 13:09

University of Northern Iowa students explored a world's worth of ways to volunteer, study and work abroad at the International Opportunities Fair.

The annual fair took place Wednesday in the Maucker Union ballroom. It allows representatives from a variety of organizations to recruit people here in northern Iowa.

“We have all our programs in the same place, and we have our partners that come from abroad that are here. … So it is the perfect time for a UNI student to learn about the program if they might want to study abroad,” Paula Van Zee, assistant director and advisor for study abroad center, explained.

The fair was crowded with tables and posters about each of the different countries and their available opportunities. Students were wandering around looking for the perfect experience.

“There are just so many options. I have always wanted to go travel and study abroad,” Cassidy Noble, a junior accounting major, said.

Noble was looking to go to France.

“It (France) is a business environment and that is the language of money,” Noble explained.

France, England, Ireland and Spain were represented at the fair, but programs in other areas were also available. They included New Zealand, Chile, Costa Rica, Australia, Taiwan and Wales.

“I think it is a great experience to study abroad and I really want to travel; it has always been a dream of mine. I think I am actually going to South Korea next semester. The culture is really cool and I just wanted to go somewhere and it was one of the places available," Kaitlyn Mason, a freshman biology major, said.

Several students at the fair had already studied abroad. One of them, Kurt Klobassa, studied abroad in England and Ireland.

“Going over to Europe, we worked more with the material and the class hands-on and we were actually able to check out what other countries do and what technologies they use that are different from ours,” Klobassa, a senior psychology major, recalled.

Students could find several options at the fair. There were typical study abroad opportunities, where students could take classes for a semester or a year abroad; there was student teaching abroad; and there were even short two- or three-week programs.

Regardless of the option one chooses, Klobassa encouraged others to be involved with study abroad. He said he believes it is a great opportunity because it allows people to experience new places and people.


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