Education abroad fair helps empower students

By Laura Shrake | Assistant News Editor

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Students can learn about opportunities abroad Wednesday at the annual Education Abroad fall fair.

“It’s our biggest event of the year by far,” said Seth Riker, UK International Center’s promotion and outreach coordinator.

Last year, the event drew about 1,400 students, but this year, Riker hopes to see closer to 1,500 or 1,600 students.

“(The process) can be somewhat overwhelming for some of the students who haven’t explored education abroad,” Riker said. “We want to help students get a grasp on what they’re looking for.”

Riker said students, staff and faculty are invited to attend the fair to learn about options that are available for international education including internships, research, teaching and service, all of which can be done for academic credit.

“(The fair) is a great opportunity for students to do a little bit of exploration,” he said.

The fair will host representatives from the departments involved in the process of education abroad, including financial aid, undergraduate research and the Stuckert Career Center.

“We really try to empower students to start thinking about what they want to get out of an education abroad before they leave,” Riker said.

The fair is from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Student Center Grand Ballroom.