Students had a chance to explore the option of hitting the road and exploring a classroom outside of the United States at this year’s Study Abroad Fair, which took place on Thursday Sept. 20 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on the East Walkway.
The Study Abroad Fair featured exciting programs for students eager to take their studies far away from the classroom and experience new settings and cultures.
Council on International Educational Exchange was one of the programs that participated at this year’s Study Abroad Fair. CIEE offers over 200 study abroad programs and more than $8 million in scholarships to study in places like Latin America, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. CIEE’s goal is to help students learn how to give back to their global community. “They’re going to be learning about leadership skills and different cultural skills,” said Mayra Villegis from CIEE, “they’re [also] going to go out to the community and learn about surrounding communities in Cape town, South Africa.”
Other booths at the event offered study abroad opportunities in Barcelona, Spain and Japan. Study Abroad Experience based in Barcelona offers internships to students who are interested in fields like communications, art, business and architecture etc. Tokyo University a program in Japan well known for their animation department, allows students to go abroad and study fields in visual arts.
Jan Gasco, Anthropology professor at CSUDH, teaches students abroad in Bulgaria. Students who study abroad in Bulgaria can take GE courses in anthropology as well as other subjects such as psychology, theater, and finance. Gasco says that this program is a great way for students on campus to interact with each other.
“What the students really appreciate is that you’re all together and seeing the same thing, but you’re getting the perspective from lots of different disciplines on what’s the importance of this thing so it makes everybody kind of think beyond their little narrow view of what their class is,” said Gasco.
Students can learn more about study abroad opportunities by visiting the College of Extended and International Education at EE-1300. They can also email the Study Abroad Office at StudyAbroad@CSUDH.EDU.