Education Abroad Expo
Annual event connects students with resources that can help them plan an education-abroad experience
In today’s world, an education-abroad experience is increasingly essential to a student’s academic and professional success. However, for many students, turning an education-abroad dream into reality can be a daunting task – how and where to get started? To answer that question and more, Kent State University’s Office of Global Education will once again host its annual Education Abroad Expo on Thursday, Sept. 15, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the second floor Mezzanine in the Kent Student Center.
The Education Abroad Expo, which is held each year during the fall semester, focuses on the needs of students and seeks to provide them with the necessary information to make an informed decision before embarking on an education-abroad experience. The expo’s goals are to ensure that students are aware of the many education-abroad programs in which they can participate, the financial resources available to them, factors to consider prior to their departure and eventual return, and steps needed to get their plans underway. The expo enables students to meet with the numerous Kent State colleges, offices and departments, as well as service providers that can introduce them to the worthwhile education-abroad programs that work best for their schedules, professional aspirations and budget, while also assisting them with critical preparations for any of their upcoming education-abroad plans.
“The Education Abroad Expo is a student’s ‘one-stop shop’ to get the gears going,” explains Senior Education Abroad Advisor Nick Vasiloff. “It’s where students can learn virtually everything they need to know before studying abroad.”
Throughout the expo, knowledgeable individuals – such as faculty, advisors and financial aid, insurance and travel specialists – will host tables where students can establish connections to begin planning overseas study. Students also will have the opportunity to meet with Education Abroad staff members.
Because the stumbling block for most students pursuing an education-abroad experience is financial, the Office of Global Education will offer students the opportunity to win one of three $1,000 education-abroad scholarships during the expo. Students simply have to register at the Education Abroad table. A drawing for the winners will be held immediately following the expo. Winners will be informed by email.
Several hosted tables will be geared for specific programs and destinations. Vasiloff, for example, will be hosting a table where he will offer details about the Kent State Geneva program and exchange programs in Japan, South Korea, the United Kingdom and more. Elsewhere, Amber Cruxton, the assistant director of Education Abroad, will host a table featuring Kent State’s flagship education-abroad destination: Florence, Italy.
Cruxton, like each of the other Office of Global Education staff members, encourages students of any background to consider attending the event. She does not want any student to “miss out on the opportunity to check out all of the education-abroad programs that Kent State has to offer.”
The Office of Global Education aims to match students with programs that are a good fit for them. Because students can have feelings of uncertainty in the beginning of the process, the laid-back atmosphere of the event is a great way to get students to start thinking positively about their plans to study abroad. A visit to the Education Abroad Expo may just be the first step students need to make their education-abroad desires come true.