Center holding Study Abroad Fair


Published: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 24, 2007 at 1:36 a.m.
If taking classes with the Eiffel Tower outside your window sounds like the summer you want, then it's time to consider a study abroad program.
The International Center is hosting a Study Abroad Fair today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Reitz Union Colonnade. The center offers 51 programs for studying abroad this summer, said Susanne Hill, coordinator for study abroad services.
To get started, students need to sign up online or call for an information session that lasts about 30 minutes and gives information on transferring credits, financial aid and scholarships. A program proposal form then needs to be filled out and turned in to the International Center for approval. After getting approval it is time to start the application process.
Students can make an appointment with a study abroad adviser for help. The basic requirement for study abroad is at least one semester at the University of Florida, and most colleges require a GPA of at least a 2.5, Hill said.
The application deadline for summer 2007 programs is March 1. Students should try to apply early for summer programs because they fill up very fast, she said.
The International Center awards about $80,000 in scholarships for study abroad each year. Scholarships are available for all study abroad terms including summer. The deadline for summer scholarships is Feb. 1. For more information visit the International Center at Grinter Hall or online at www.abroad.ufic.ufl.edu.
UF student Peggy O'Brien, 19, plans to study in Guatemala this summer. She loves speaking Spanish and is thinking about making it her minor.
"Meeting diverse people, being somewhere new, living (in) a different culture," she said. "It's all about the experience."

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