USU Study Abroad wants to double Aggie students involved

Every year nearly 400 Utah State University students study abroad.

It is a number that USU, partnering with the Institute of International Education’s (IIE) Generation Study Abroad Program, is committed to doubling.

Right now fewer than 10 percent of all college students in the United States study abroad during their academic careers. Less than 2 percent of USU’s annual enrollment participates in these programs.

“There are so many opportunities for students to have an affordable international experience abroad that were are encouraging more of them to take advantage of what is out there,” said USU Study Abroad Director Kay Forsyth.

Forsyth said there are opportunities for academic studies overseas, whether it is for a semester or short term, and there are chances to do service and there are internships. She said every year there are more and more opportunities.

“For virtually what a student is paying here for tuition and fees he or she could study in another country and use those credits they are earning abroad to count toward their degree at USU.”

Students make the choice where they will spend their time in their study abroad experience. They are helped in determining their interests and in what they want to do academically.

“There are over 50 countries and over 200 institutions available to them. There are also short term USU faculty-led programs and many students take advantage of that.

“Many students want to build language skills abroad and this is a great way to do it, when they are immersed in the language and culture of the country.”

Wednesday (Sept. 23) the USU Study Abroad Program will showcase the possibilities with a Study Abroad Fair at the Taggart Student Center Sunburst Lounge from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Faculty representatives from upcoming programs will be on hand in addition to students who will talk about their study abroad experiences.

Information is also available at studyabroad@usu.edu.

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