Study Abroad Fair provides opportunity for Aggies

Study Abroad Fair provides opportunity for Aggies

Alexis Wray

The annual Study Abroad Fair, hosted by the Office of International Affairs, took place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sep. 12, 2017 in the Academic Classroom Building.

The Office of International Affairs ensured that many booths and tables were set up for students with the interest of gaining an education in another country.

A variety of opportunities were showcased along with North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University’s study abroad options such as: faculty lead, short term summer, full semester, and year long programs.

“We help all of our Aggie students to Study Abroad, if they so chose to. Having a Study Abroad Fair is our way of helping to promote these programs to students, heighten their awareness, and let students know what we have out there,” said Lydia Arledge, Assistant Director of the Office of International Affairs.

The students of N.C. A&T were not only educated on the logistics of studying abroad, but they learned about the travel options presented by faculty and the cost effective nature of the process.

Arledge expressed how affordable the programs are with a close effective comparison to many in-state tuition options. She continued to state that a student’s financial aid could cover their expenses and N.C. A&T would forfeit their tuition.

“The Study Abroad fair was amazing. It was extremely helpful and informative. The fair presented me new opportunities in countries around the world. I would not mind studying overseas after going to this event,” said James Williams, sophomore computer engineering student.

There are a variety of scholarship opportunities for students interested in studying abroad. The most sought after is the Benjamin A. Gilman Internationsl schloarship.

In order to apply, applicants must be a U.S. citizen, recipient of a federal Pell Grant, and attend a two or four year college or university.

The Study Abroad program not only offers an annual informative fair, but also weekly advising sessions along with a International Education week.

The weekly advising sessions will cover a wide variety of informative sessions such as: program types, eligibility requirements, financial aid and scholarships, credit transfer, deadlines, and timeline for application process.

For more information on studying abroad and programs offered visit The Office of International affairs on the 2nd floor of ACB in room 213 or call the office at (336) 334-7104.