Students who study abroad, learn and practice a foreign language, and immerse themselves in a new culture to obtain new perspectives and skillsets that are necessary to succeed in the global economy.
On February 25th, over 3,000 U.S. high school, university, and college students and their families learned about opportunities for culture and language immersion and development of marketable job skills during the inaugural Virtual Study Abroad Fair hosted by the U.S. Department of State, CollegeWeekLive, and the Institute of International Education.
The free, eight-hour fair provided information on the benefits of studying abroad, study abroad program options, host countries, and funding opportunities for international studies, and featured live presentations and chat time with academic representatives from all over the world. The U.S. Department of State’s virtual booth provided students with information on preparing for their trip abroad, student safety, specific exchange programs such as our Critical Language Scholarship Program and the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program, and potential careers within the State Department.
Live video presentations included information about choosing and financing a study abroad program, preparation for the experience, and the value of studying abroad for careers and job prospects. There were over 50 exhibitors, representing countries from all over the world. Until mid-May, booths and full recordings of all the live presentations will remain online for reference
Check out our websites for information on study abroad exchange programs and preparation for study and safety abroad. Contribute to the conversation and tell us what you think about study abroad online at #StudyAbroadBecause.
About the Authors: Angela Woods and David Jones serve as Program Officers in the Office of Global Educational Programs in the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
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