May 29, 2023

International Education Week Exposes Students to Opportunities Abroad

Students discuss international opportunities during the Study Abroad Showcase

Despite the threat of rain, countless students met at the Lee Hall terrace on Monday, Sept. 17 for the Study Abroad Showcase, the kickoff of the Center for International Education’s  second annual International Education Week. The week aims to expose students to a variety of opportunities abroad.

At the showcase, students who studied abroad in the spring semester or over the summer shared their experiences with other students and answered questions. The students represented 30 programs in 21 different countries.

“This is a show and tell for our students,” said Kate Jordan, study abroad program assistant in the Center for International Education.

Senior Jennifer Crystle helped organize and promote this year’s International Education Week. For her, similar events last year eased her “reverse culture shock” after a semester abroad in Spain.

“This can help them with their reintegration,” Jordan said.

Kate Jordan (left) talks with students during the Study Abroad Showcase

The week also included seminars on internships and scholarships and financial aid. The Education Abroad Fair on Friday, Sept. 21 gave parents and students the opportunity to explore more than 50 study abroad providers and UMW programs. On Saturday, CIE hosted an open house from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Lee Hall, Room 434.

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About Brynn Boyer

Brynn Boyer is assistant director of media and public relations and a 2010 graduate of UMW.