Study abroad hosts informational event


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Illinois senior Shayna Prinoda talks with students about studying abroad, April 28, by Fabiano Botanical Garden.

Students curious about what it takes to go on an international adventure had a chance to learn Tuesday.

The Office of Study Abroad hosted Study Abroad Day Tuesday near the Fabiano Botanical Garden in an effort to introduce Central Michigan University students to opportunities provided by the program.

As students walked by the tables between classes, they were able to talk to study abroad advisors while playing international games and sampling food of different cultures. 

While trying snack foods such as salsa and wafers, students picked up brochures and received answers to any quick questions they had about studying abroad at CMU. 

Students were also able to enter a raffle and get a free study abroad t-shirt. 

"It's just a fun day for students to get out and enjoy the weather, have the opportunity to try some international foods and activities and just bring a little world culture to CMU," said Amber Schneider, assistant director of study abroad. 

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Student could sample snacks from different countries at the Study Abroad Expo, April 28, by Fabiano Botanical Garden.

The Office of Study Abroad is now working with students to sign up for programs in spring of 2016. Applications will be due in the fall. Students are eligible to study abroad for a semester during the spring of their sophomore year, making the spring semester a popular time to go abroad, according to Schneider. 

"Our applications are primarily online, so students meet with an advisor to discuss the program, then we give them access to the application," Schneider said. "Typically, (students) need one professor recommendation, then there's an essay and some agreements. It's usually not too labor intensive."

Students can visit the Office of Study Abroad in Ronan 330 to meet with an advisor about their options for spring 2016. Students can schedule an appointment with a study abroad advisor and can visit during walk-in peer advising hours. 

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