Thursday, Jan. 30, the Study Abroad Fair returned to Kean University. Students gathered in the Center for Academic Success (CAS) to talk to different study abroad providers and learn how they could make the most of their time studying in college. The fair took place from 12:00 to 4:30 p.m.
Studying abroad can provide students with the chance to go outside of their comfort zones and learn in places much different from their own. Before they can travel, they need to gather information about where they can go, how much it will cost and how they will get there. The Study Abroad Fair at Kean University was able to answer all of those questions.
Provided by the Center for International Studies, the Study Abroad Fair comes to Kean each semester, bringing along different study abroad programs that students can show their interest in. There were several different programs present at this year's fair, including the Wenzhou-Kean University student exchange program, CISAbroad, Semester at Sea and plenty of others.
Alexa Marzocca, the Study Abroad Coordinator at the Center for International Studies, talked about what students could learn when they attended the Study Abroad Fair.
"At our fair today, we have many of the study abroad providers we work with, who are here to talk to students about their different options for study abroad. We also have a table here for Wenzhou-Kean University, which is our overseas campus in China that many students go to every semester. We are also talking to students about Travel Learn, which are our short term study abroad trips that students can earn Kean credit for. Those are faculty-led trips, and those trips change from year to year," said Marzocca.
Additionally, each booth had a representative, ready and waiting to answer students' questions, and students were able to pick up small items such as inflatable globes, metal straws, pens, stickers and even some candy after they had learned more about the programs.
Marzocca encourages any students who were unable to attend the fair, to stop by the Center for International Studies (CIS) for information on studying abroad.
"We're always happy to talk to you about studying abroad. We have open advising hours during college hour and we're always happy to make an appointment with you. Our office loves talking to students. We really want to get more students abroad, so stop by if you have any questions or if you couldn't make it to the fair."
The Center for International Studies is located in CAS, Room 201. Students can email at email@example.com or they can call (908)-737-0350 to make an appointment.