The UNCG International Programs Center (IPC) will host its annual fall Study Abroad Expo on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in the lobby area outside of the Elliott University Center Auditorium.
The event is an opportunity for students to learn more about the wide variety of study abroad programs available through UNCG. Advisers will be on-site to talk to students about financial aid implications and how international education can fit with their plans of study. The expo is part of International Education Week, a national initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education. IPC hosts additional expos at the beginning of each academic year and during the spring.
“Students often aren’t aware of the programs and resources that we offer for study abroad, and as a result, they count themselves out. We want students to know that anyone can study abroad,” said Heidi Bretz, assistant director of study abroad and exchanges at IPC. “With the world becoming more and more connected, experiencing new cultures is more important than ever.”
UNCG has more than 180 exchange partnerships with international universities, and as a member of International Student Exchange Programs, the university works with more than 300 additional institutions around the world. Last year, 273 UNCG students participated in international exchange programs, and the university welcomed 165 incoming exchange students from 24 countries. Tuition and fees remain the same for students who participate in exchanges, and most federal and state financial aid packages apply to these programs.
The university also offers numerous faculty-led programs, which often take place during the summer months. During the 2015-16 academic year, 193 students participated in these short-term programs. For example, this past summer, UNCG’s Environmental & Sustainability Studies Program and School of Music led a “Grand Tour,” a unique three-week study abroad program in Italy that blended history, music and sustainability.
In addition to the Study Abroad Expo, the International Programs Center is partnering with departments across campus to host events this week, including a discussion on refugees and borders and a workshop on intercultural sensitivity. To learn more about International Education Week events, click here.
For more information about study abroad opportunities, visit studyabroad.uncg.edu.
Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography provided by Kelsey Budine