The spring fair is one of two study abroad fairs held annually by the Office of International Programs, with another held in October. The fairs provide an opportunity for students to learn more about various options for study abroad at MSU, including summer, semester, and year-long study abroad programs, volunteer opportunities and internships. Students and faculty can get first-hand information by talking to past study abroad students, international students, and OIP staff at the fair.
"We have more than 250 study abroad programs, and we are happy to announce we are still accepting applications for some programs for fall 2012," said Anna Greenberg, adviser and outreach coordinator for the Office of International Programs.
Greenberg said MSU students who have gone on study abroad experiences often speak of how important the experience has been to their education. One example is Aaron Wilbur, a senior ecology major who studied abroad at Lancaster University in England.
"My experience abroad changed how I previously thought about everything from food to politics," Wilbur said. "Never leaving the northwestern United States before my study abroad meant I was in for a huge culture shock. But overall, I definitely grew as a person and had the experience of a lifetime."
Frank Marchak, a senior majoring in cell biology and neuroscience, had similar thoughts about his study abroad experience in Italy.
"My study abroad adventure enriched both my life and college experience in more ways than I could have imagined going into it," Marchak said, adding that now, two years after returning, the experience continues to influence him.
To learn more about the MSU study abroad offerings, or about other international activities, call 994-7151 or visit the MSU Office of International Programs website at www.montana.edu/international.
Anna Greenberg, (406) 994-7151, firstname.lastname@example.org