By Paul Hadish
AMES, Iowa- There are many different opportunities for students to go on experience trips to other countries through Iowa State study abroad programs while they take classes to fill requirements for their majors. Semester programs, year long programs, and summer programs are all offered through Iowa State as well as affiliate programs to dozens of different countries across the world.
To spread the word to students about these programs, Iowa State hosted a study abroad fair on September 15th in the Great Hall of the Memorial Union. The study abroad fair helps put students in contact with directors and past participants of a wide variety of study abroad options and to help them make comparisons between programs to find which one best meets their needs and interests. Dozens of booths were set up in the Great Hall that contained information about various programs. Students that had previous experience with study abroad, talked about their experiences and why they would encourage others to go abroad.
“I would encourage students to study abroad because it helps them to learn about different cultures,” said senior, Faye Assmann. “Being able to experience things like different foods and cultural customs first hand is really just eye opening. I would strongly encourage others to study abroad because it was the best experience I’ve had in college, it was a dream come true.”
The study abroad fair helps to narrow down program options for students, but with all of the choices it may be a hard decision. In case people miss out on the study abroad fair, they are able to set up a meeting with a program director in the Study Abroad Center on the 3rd floor of the Memorial Union. Students can set up a short meeting with a director to hear more about the programs and the logistics of setting up a trip that works with their major and class requirements.
Many prior study abroad students have only good things to say about their experiences. Lukas Schmitt, an exchange student from Germany, comments about his experience studying abroad in the United States.
“It’s always good to learn about different cultures,” said Schmitt. “I have met so many new people and learned many things from my experience here.”
If students are interested in finding out more about the study abroad programs, they can contact a director in the Study Abroad Center, or they can find out more on the ISU Abroad website.