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Students who are dreaming about a fashion internship in Paris or learning the ropes of Hong Kong’s bustling tourism industry would do well to stop by tomorrow’s Study Abroad Expo, where they can learn about BU’s study abroad programs and requirements.

The University offers more than 90 study abroad programs in more than 30 international cities, with concentrations ranging from engineering to liberal arts. The Expo gives interested students a chance to talk to past participants and peruse information about requirements, internships, and financial aid.

So, why should students care about studying abroad? “Students should study abroad because of the preprofessional, cultural, and academic experiences that you can’t get just by visiting a place briefly or staying on campus,” says John Aslanian, the marketing and communications coordinator for International Programs. “College is the best time to explore.”

One recent enticement to encourage American students to travel to China is the US-China Education Trust program, which awards a $1,200 travel grant to every qualified BU student enrolled in the Shanghai summer program.

The deadline to apply for this summer’s programs is March 1, and the deadline for this fall is March 15. The application can be started on the International Programs website.

The Study Abroad Expo is Thursday, February 24, from 3:30 to 5 p.m., at the Howard Thurman Center, George Sherman Union lower level, 775 Commonwealth Ave.

Robin Berghaus can be reached at berghaus@bu.edu. Devin Hahn can be reached at dhahn@bu.edu. Chris Palmer can be reached at palmerc@bu.edu. Alan Wong can be reached at alanwong@bu.edu. Phil Zekos can be reached at pzekos@bu.edu. Amy Laskowski can be reached at amlaskow@bu.edu.

Additional editing by Anna Horowitz-Gelb. Translation by Julián Arévalo.

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  • Lisa Laubgross on 02.23.2011 at 11:50 am

    Semester Abroad - NYU in Spain 1982

    One of the greatest experiences of my college career was my semester abroad with NYU in Spain. I had to take a leave of absence from BU because we didn’t have a program in Spain at the time. I can specifically point to experiences while I was in Spain that make me who I am today. I am open-minded and embrace new experiences. I meet new people and make friends more quickly and easily. One of my fondest memories is when I was following my program when I was traveling through Europe alone before returning home. I was sitting on a train in Switzerland and a young man entered the cabin and we began chatting despite his limited English. At one point he said to me, “You come to my house.” At that moment I realized that I was fully responsible for myself and no one else in the world even knew where I was (clearly before cell phones, texting, e-mail, etc.!). I said yes and spent a lovely afternoon and evening with him and his family before getting back on the train the next day (thanks to an Interrail Pass). My self-confidence soared! I had an ability to trust myself to judge a situation to see if I was safe and enjoyed an experience that would never have come if I had not been open to it. It was only one of many such moments, but I truly call that one of my “lightbulb” experiences.

    I highly recommend the study abroad experience!

    Lisa Laubgross

  • Kim on 02.23.2011 at 10:12 pm

    Study Abroad Spain 1985

    I loved studying abroad in Madrid Spain!! I lived with a family and stayed 2 semesters. By the end of my time in Madrid I was fluent in Spanish. It was such a wonderful experience. We had great field trips, fabulous professors. I took an art history classs in the Prado. I traveled Morrocco and Europe over Christmas break and again in May before returning home. I highly, highly recommend studying abroad. As soon as I came back to the states I wanted to live abroad again–and did. I joined the Peace Corps and served in Guatemala. I don’t think I would have gotten into the Peace Corps without my study abroad experience.

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