If you’re a student who thinks that study abroad is too expensive, that you must speak a foreign language or that time abroad will prevent you from graduating on time, administrators in Temple’s Office of Education Abroad and Oversees Campuses hope to have a word with you.
Last year, more than 1,000 Temple students chose to study abroad. While the number has been increasing steadily each year, it represents just a fraction of Temple’s overall student population. Beginning Sept. 12, the university will host the first Study Abroad Week to get more students interested, in part by offering information that dispels common myths and demonstrates that perceived barriers can be easily overcome with adequate planning.
“We work closely with academic advisors to develop a plan of study that will allow a student who wishes to study abroad to still graduate on time,” said Jaime Molyneux, associate director of Education Abroad and Overseas Campuses. “With proper planning, any major can study abroad.”
Temple students have the option to study abroad for a semester, academic year, or short-term summer program. Students can choose to study at Temple Rome or at Temple Japan, which carry the same tuition price as Main Campus. Education Abroad also counsels students on budgeting and available scholarship opportunities.
Study Abroad Week will offer several opportunities for students to explore their options.
Each day will begin with free coffee and an international-themed breakfast, followed by workshops and country-specific information sessions based on the most popular study abroad destinations. Topics for the morning workshops will include “Foundations of Study Abroad,” “Travel Workshop,” “Diversity Student Panel,” “Can I Study Abroad With My Major?,” and “Scholarships and Budgeting Basics.”
On Wednesday, the office will host a Mini Study Abroad Fair, which will feature information tables, a student poster exhibit and a dance performance. The fair will begin at noon on the Liacouras Walk.
At 4 p.m. Thursday, study abroad alumni will gather in Tuttleman room 200 for a re-entry reception.
“There will be a raffle, prizes and fun give-aways, such as popcorn, snowcones, t-shirts and cups,” said Molyneux. “We want to make a big splash. We want to get studying abroad in the minds of students.”
For more information about Study Abroad Week events or studying abroad, visit temple.edu/studyabroad.