Study abroad fair offers taste of Union’s programs

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The Office of International Programs will hold its annual study abroad fair Thursday, Oct. 27, 12:30-2 p.m. in the Nott Memorial.

Students can meet with faculty members and students who have participated in terms and mini-terms across the globe, talk with international exchange students, and enjoy a selection of international foods and a raffle.

A number of off-campus international partners will participate, including API (Academic Programs International), CET Academic Programs, CISabroad, CYA (College Year in Athens), SEA Semester, Spanish Studies Abroad and TEAN (The Education Abroad Network).

Professor and Chair of Political Science Michele Angrist and Senior Lecturer Tom Lobe, who run Union’s Model U.N. summer program in Washington, D.C., will also be on hand, as will representatives from Union’s offices of Financial Aid, National Fellowships and Scholarships, and Residential Life.

The fair is open to members of the Union community.

“Study abroad is a key part of academics at Union, and this event is a great way for the entire Union community to see the scope of our programs,” says Lara Atkins, director of International programs. “Unlike many of our peer schools, about 80 percent of our terms abroad are faculty-led, which strengthens bonds between faculty and students while also fostering a comfortable climate for learning and self-exploration.”

Union offers 44 programs in 29 countries on six continents. This includes 24 full terms abroad offered during fall, winter and spring, and 20 mini-terms, which are run for three weeks during winter and summer breaks. The type and number of mini-terms vary from year to year and include several domestic terms.

Nearly 60 percent of Union students go on terms abroad or mini-terms, one of the highest percentages among U.S liberal arts colleges.

In August, Union was ranked #6 Most Popular Study Abroad Program by The Princeton Review.