Are you interested in studying internationally? A Study Abroad Fair was held Feb. 11 in the Hampton University Student Center Lounge. Organizations including CISabroad, Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI), and International Studies Abroad (ISA) were present during the fair to give students more information on international study opportunities. Many of the programs offered scholarship money, as well as offering opportunities to study worldwide. Each organization had a booth and representative ready to answer any questions students had about the study abroad experience and how to get started in the process.
“Hampton University is supportive of study abroad and wants students to go,” American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) representative Fred von Schmeling said when asked about the organizations relationship with Hampton University. He went on to advise students who are interested to “learn the language, learn unique aspects of other culture, but keep in mind that you are an ambassador for your college and country.”
With fairs, seminars, and workshops such as this, HU has been able to promote and further the study aboard initiative.
“Our goal was visibility and essentially we accomplished that,” said Samaria Haysbert, the Outbound Programing Specialist with HU's new International Program initiative. “We had a steady stream of students today at the fair. We wanted to make sure they were aware of studying abroad at Hampton University.”
The turnout of interested students during the Study Abroad Fair was exceptional, especially before lunchtime. Students were able to talk with representatives and learn more about specific locations. The Fair also allowed HU students to compare a few of many available programs and resources available to assist students in earning international college credits.
Junior Strategic Communications major Rashad Williams said it is “important for higher education to extend beyond just the classroom, which is why I’m so adamant to use the world as a campus.”
For more information on international study, visit the International Office in Phenix Hall rm. 130 or call 757.728.6079.