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UNCG students get excited about study abroad at the Spring 2014 Study Abroad Expo

UNCG students were able to talk to study abroad alumni about their experiences abroad at the Study Abroad Expo

On January 23, 2014, many UNCG students paid a visit to the Elliott University Center’s Cone Ballroom to check out the Study Abroad Expo, a day-long event dedicated to educating interested students about the Study Abroad and Exchange (SAE) Program at UNCG. The event was very well-attended and showcased the wide range of available study abroad programs and UNCG exchange partner schools around the world. Attendees were able talk to IPC Staff, former study abroad students, and international students studying at UNCG about study abroad opportunities, financial options, the application process, and how studying abroad can be a life-changing experience. The IPC holds the Study Abroad Expo at the beginning of each semester.

Jessica Straehle, a senior studying Business Administration and Environmental Studies, was one of the students available to share her study abroad experience. She studied at the University of Strathclyde in Glasglow, Scotland, during the Fall 2012 semester and loved every minute of it. “I enjoyed being able to immerse myself in another culture and experience life in a different country,” she says. “It also allowed me to look back at life in the States from an entirely different perspective, which was incredibly beneficial.”

Jessica Straehle was one of the study abroad alumni who was available to share her experiences with students

Since returning to the US, she has worked to encourage others to pursue positive experiences abroad. “I think every student should study abroad because it allows you to challenge yourself in a way that is unique from any other experience you’ll have at your home university,” she says. “You’ll never have another opportunity to look at a map and be able to pick somewhere—anywhere—and live there so easily and affordably. And it will be the best experience of your life.”

Jessica is also the president of Stateside, a student organization for study abroad alumni.

IPC would like to thank everyone who helped make this semester’s Study Abroad Expo a success!

Missed this semester’s Study Abroad Expo? Want to learn more about study abroad or help out with next semester’s expo? Please visit the SAE homepage or contact Denise Bellamy (Director of Study Abroad and Exchange) at dlbellam@uncg.edu for more information.

To learn more about Stateside, please contact Tom Martinek, Jr. at tjmarti2@uncg.edu.


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