Attend the Fall Study Abroad Fair: 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
Jennifer McPhail spent her summer exploring her future career path.
The difference between McPhail and thousands of other UTSA students?
She did her soul-searching while in Siena, Italy, studying and working with renowned anthropology and classics researchers at the University of Siena with UTSA associate professor William Short’s The Classical World course abroad.
“This trip really helped reaffirm my goal of wanting to go into religious studies,” McPhail explains. “I really want to study the religious iconography uses in churches and scriptures. Seeing the cathedrals of Italy just made it really concrete for me
“I also learned different research techniques when combining two disciplines such as the Classics and Anthropology. I had the privilege to study and work with several professors that are well-known in their fields.
“This trip really brought my career path into focus and really helped me narrow down what I want to research and work with.”
UTSA’s upcoming Study Abroad Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. September 11 in the Sombrilla on the Main Campus.
Students can explore available options with more than 20 providers offering programs from around the world.
Kim Diehl, director of Education Abroad Services, says that students should consider studying abroad a realistic goal.
"Study abroad programs are available for any major," she said. "You don't have to have straight As and you don't have to be rich. Any student can go. You do need to do your homework and research to find a program that best fits your academic program and your personal goals. There are programs that will work with every major at UTSA."
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. UTSA programs include summer modern language programs in both Germany and Russia, as well as ]semester-long programs in Urbino, Italy.
Students also can take advantage of exchange programs with UTSA’s partners at Keele University, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, England, 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.
CAPAalso 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, and financial aid often will follow a student enrolled in a study abroad program, Diehl explains. Among the possible scholarships and awards available are the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Boren Awards for International Study, Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA).
“We can help you find a way to make your education abroad experience work,” Diehl says.
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.
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.