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Each semester, the University sends many students to new places for Academic Programs Abroad. New programs are available to students this year and will be displayed at the Study Abroad Fair Feb. 2.

Academic Programs Abroad to showcase new destinations at Fair

This year, students interested in studying overseas can look forward to new places from Academic Programs Abroad. All programs will be up for grabs at the Study Abroad Fair on Tuesday, Feb. 2, in the LSU Cotillion Ballroom from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Information on short-term spring and summer programs will be available at the fair, as well as information on financial aid for study abroad. There are also opportunities available for National Student Exchange and international exchange.

“The fair is a one-stop-shop for anyone interested in studying away from LSU,” said Jill Clemmons, assistant director of Academic Programs Abroad. “Students are always more than welcome to come to Academic Programs Abroad any time to hear this information, but the fair is the chance to meet people who will actually be going on the programs.”

One of the new destinations this year is LSU in Morocco, among many others.

Students attending the fair will have an opportunity to meet the faculty who will be teaching the summer programs. The new spring break and summer programs include Art in Ireland, Encounter Engineering in Europe, Kinesiology in New Zealand, LSU in Estonia and Russia, LSU in Morocco, Oceanography in Hawaii, Social Work in Hawaii and Spring Break in London.

Many of the popular programs from years prior still have available openings such as Art and Design in Spain, Business in China, Magical Media Tour, Marine Biology in Alaska, LSU in Germany, Greece and Turkey, Ireland, Italy, London, Mexico, Paris, Spain and Thailand.

Clemmons recommends that students find out as much about studying abroad to take advantage of the available opportunities.

“The idea of studying abroad can be very intimidating, especially if you’ve never done a lot of traveling,” she said. “If you’re at all curious about seeing a new place, either here in the U.S. or abroad, now is the time to go.”

Clemmons said traveling while in school is easier because students have so many options.

“There aren’t many jobs out there that will allow you to take six weeks off to go visit another country and the number that would let you go for a semester is very small,” she said. “Jobs that do incorporate travel into their duties often want employees who have previous travel experience.”

Students who are apprehensive about traveling alone or who may not want to be away from home for an entire semester can check into the short-term programs. These programs are usually held during summer months and only last a few weeks with a group of LSU students. Clemmons also suggests the National Student Exchange for those who considered studying in a different state or would like to “test drive” possibilities for graduate school.

“The best advice I can give is to not let worry or fear prevent you from finding out more about what’s out there,” Clemmons said. “We’d love to send every student away for an experience, but even if ultimately you decide not to go on a program, at least find out what’s available to you.”

Clemmons said the biggest misconception about studying abroad is the price.

“There seems to be this belief that you have to be rich to study abroad and that the longer you go, the more expensive it is,” she said. “Actually, the longer you go abroad, the more scholarship money you’re eligible for.”

There are funding opportunities for students who wish to study abroad, such as the LSU Study Abroad Scholarship, nationally based scholarships and scholarships based on field of study, location and financial need.


Holly A. Phillips | Editor | Office of Communications & University Relations
January 2010