By Saimah Shareef
There will be a Study Abroad Fair in Krasa from 12:00 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13th. There will be programs organized by Benedictine’s International Programs and Services, as well as representatives from outside organizations that offer study abroad programming.
The fair is an opportunity for all Benedictine students to get an inside look at what the Study Abroad and Exchange Program at BenU offers. Holding a fair every semester, Benedictine University makes information and opportunities about studying abroad readily available to old and new students alike.
As Assistant Director of Study Abroad and Exchange Programs, Marc Davidson helps to provide opportunities for studying abroad for Benedictine students.
“Benedictine University has partnerships in Bolivia, China, Denmark, France, Mexico, Japan, South Korea, and Spain. Students can also go to other countries where we do not have specific partnerships,” said Davidson. Although students belonging to all majors are eligible to participate in a study abroad program, Davidson reported that a majority of language majors, international business and students in the College of Liberal Arts participate in it.
In addition to the study abroad program being open to all, the Benedictine University Education Abroad works closely with a number of organizations to provide students with financial aid in order to participate in an abroad program. Benedictine University has developed partnerships with nearly 30 institutions in 12 countries through Partnership Exchange Programs. These programs are unique to BenU because they allow students to participate in a semester, year-long or summer program abroad while paying normal BenU tuition and incorporating all forms of financial aid.
Partnership Exchange Programs are a way Benedictine University has set up programs with institutions abroad that allows students to use all financial aid while paying normal Benedictine tuition. All credits and grades transfer back and can work towards a student’s major, minor or core courses. There are also a variety of Undergraduate and Graduate scholarships that help to fund the expenses of the study abroad programs.
BenU also offers additional, third party study abroad opportunities for students that are interested. Some of the requirements to go abroad include a 2.75 GPA, sophomore standing and a clean behavioral record.
“Everyone is encouraged to attend the fair!” said Davidson. For a list of countries in which study abroad programs are available, financial aid and scholarship information students can visit the Benedictine University website under the “Education Abroad” tab.