Students were offered out of this world opportunities at the Study Abroad Fair Tuesday.
From Italy to Japan, from Florida to Argentina, WMU offers a variety of countries to study or intern in. At the Study Abroad Fair, students learned there are many personal and professional benefits from going global.
“Students can take courses not available here, learn a new language and culture, meet students from all over, and become more globally experienced,” said Jane E. Blyth, Director of Study Abroad and Global Program Development.
Despite popular belief, knowledge of foreign language is not required to study abroad.
“Graduate and undergraduate students working toward degrees in any discipline, regardless of foreign language skills, are eligible to earn major and minor or general education and elective credits at WMU while exploring new cultures overseas,” according to a press release by WMU.
With so many programs to choose from, it’s important to research programs. If students are interested in a study abroad program not available through WMU, there is another possible program to pursue.
“We have programs in over 30 countries,” said Blyth. “Students can find a provider program and we can help facilitate that. Students will still work with our office.”
Student Kayla Reinhackel, Junior and Sales and Business Marketing major is set on where she wants to go.
“Germany. Students who went said Germany was best for Sales and Business Marketing,” she said. “Being able to do business in a different culture really appealed to me, and I’m half German.”
Students who studied abroad in the past shared their experiences at the fair.
“I studied in Santander, Spain,” said Dustin Brown, Junior. “I liked speaking Spanish all the time and being part of Spanish Culture.”
DeZess, a Senior and Interdisciplinary Health Major is exploring a variety of programs at the fair.
“I’m interested in Australia, Ireland, or a Spanish speaking country,” said Dezess. “I’m not sure which one yet.”
Inspired by a Global and International Studies class, Dezess hopes to explore world healthcare.
“The class really got my eyes open to different cultures,” said Dezess. Since I’m in healthcare, I’m interested in different health cares around the world.”
Students who were unable to attend the fair, or who have additional questions after attending the fair should visit the study abroad office located on the second floor of Ellsworth Hall.