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Attend the Fall Study Abroad Fair and Find Ways to Live, Learn, Explore

Fair will offer students a chance to visit with program providers and UTSA faculty-led programs.

By Sherrie Voss Matthews, International Media & Marketing Coordinator

Biljana Jovanova already studies abroad. The Macedonian student has been studying in the U.S. since her senior year of high school.

But Jovanova spent part of her summer exploring a new part of the world: Austria and Germany. She, with 12 other UTSA students, were immersed in the business culture of both countries. Jovanova hike Alps college of business immersion

Jovanova did hike in the Alps, but she visited with executives from international corporations such as BMW and Swarovski as a part of the College of Business’s International Programs short-term study abroad immersions.

“It is a known fact that the world is a global village,” says Jovanova. “Having international experience will be a huge asset and advantage to your professional career.

“This shows to future employers that you are adaptable, resilient, flexible, global minded, and a team player. And plus, it is so much fun! You get to meet new people and make friendships with your lead professors and peers.”

UTSA’s upcoming Study Abroad Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., September 12 in the Sombrilla on the Main Campus.

Students can explore available options with more than 20 providers offering programs from around the world.

Reed Vesey, director of Education Abroad Services, says that students should consider studying abroad a realistic goal.

"Study abroad is open to all students at UTSA who meet the minimum requirements,” he explains. “Education Abroad Services works with students to help them find programs that serve their interests academically and culturally but also meet a student's budget requirements.   Attending the Study Abroad Fair is a great way to take the all-important first step."

UTSA offers a multitude of options, including UTSA-faculty led programs in places such as Urbino, Italy, short-term programs through the College of Business, and many more. 

Students also can take advantage of exchange programs with UTSA’s partners at Keele University, Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto, Japan, Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Nagoya, Japan, and CONAHEC Exchange Program with universities in a variety of countries including Canada, Spain and Korea.

National Student Exchange has returned this year; the provider offers programs in Canada, Guam, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

CAPA  will return to campus; the provider offers students options in several international cities, including Beijing, China, Buenos Aires, Argentina, Florence, Italy, Istanbul, Turkey, London, England, and Sydney, Australia.

“Scholarships are available for students interested in studying abroad,” Vesey says.  ”Students should consult with the Financial Aid Office to explore if their individual awards are applicable to their study abroad program.”

Among the possible scholarships and awards available are the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, the UTSA International Education Fund and the Boren Awards for International Study.

“Studying abroad can be a financial question for every student, however, there is an answer to that question for each and every student,” Vesey adds.

Interested students should attend the fair and search out possible programs that may be a good fit with their academic plan. After you explore countries and programs that interest you, you should contact an Education Abroad advisor in the Office of International Programs.

Jovanova says that every student should take a chance to step out of their comfort zone and travel.

“Grab this opportunity that UTSA offers and use it to promote yourself,” she adds. “If you are worried that you will be away from your family, think about it in this way: It is not forever! Programs range from two weeks to a semester, but then you will be back you will be happy you went. Use your resources and don’t forget—APPLY! You will be happy you did! 

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Spring study abroad programs have an October 15 deadline; summer study abroad programs have an application deadline of February 15; fall study abroad programs have a deadline of March 15.

 For more information on UTSA study abroad programs, visit the International Gateway. You can also contact the Office of International Programs at (210) 458-7255.