Study Abroad Information Session

By Hannah Mason, Assistant Editor

 An informational table about study abroad opportunities will be set up in the College Union, Thurs. Feb. 26, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Students are encouraged to stop by to learn about studying, traveling, or interning abroad. Study abroad program provider International Studies Abroad (ISA) will be on campus to provide information and answer questions for students.

Campus study abroad advisor Beverly Burke trusts and recommends the ISA program. She said, “ISA is a third-party provider which means they are an established, reputable program that offers various study abroad opportunities for U.S. students.” She added that because West Liberty University has established an affiliation with ISA, WLU students automatically receive a $200-$300 reduction in program fees, and said that the ISA, “helps us provide quality study abroad experiences for our students.”

Organizations such as ISA, Burke stated, “provide total inclusive services from the application process, passport and Visa processing, funding suggestions, housing, academic programming and/or internships and 24-hour in-country services.” She went on about how every year, West Liberty offers several short, faculty-led programs of 1-4 weeks, but programs like ISA offer the benefit of longer-term programs, full semester to full year.

“I think it is important for students to explore these programs and not to assume it is something they cannot afford,” Burke stated. “Since students will be earning academic credit, those who study abroad during the fall or spring semester can generally use financial aid and most scholarships to help pay for the experience. Summer may be a bit different, so I always recommend that students talk with our financial aid officers to see what is available for their particular situation. With proper planning, students can absolutely take the first steps to becoming global citizens.”

Burke will also be available at the information table to answer any questions about WLU-affiliated study abroad programs such as ISA, CAPA, or the WLU faculty-led programs. Interested students can contact Burke at [email protected] for more information or to set up an individual appointment.

Summer 2015 faculty-led programs include a trip to Germany led by Dr. Miriam Roth Douglas, a trip to France led by Dr. Shannon Halicki, and a printmaking program in Poland organized by Professor Martyna Matusiak, and they can each be contacted for more information on any of these trips.

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