Next semester, trade your T pass for a vaporetto waterbus ticket in Venice or an Octopus MTR card in Hong Kong.
Boston University offers more than 90 study abroad programs—in 24 countries and on 6 continents—and you can learn all about them at this year’s BU Study Abroad Expo, being held on Marsh Plaza tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Students will have a chance to meet with program staff, some of whom have come from overseas for the event, and hear from students who are Study Abroad veterans.
BU sends approximately 2,600 students abroad every year, about 40 percent of each graduating class, according to Meg Andrews, BU Study Abroad university relations and campus outreach specialist.
Tomorrow’s Expo will include information about new programs that have been added to the Study Abroad portfolio. For example, last fall, an internship option was added to the Padua Italian and European Studies Program. There is a new Sydney, Australia, engineering internship program for sophomores, a new internship component for the Sydney travel writing program, and a new Ghana global health program.
Andrews also says that for the first time, some English-speaking courses will be added to the Paris Study Abroad program, starting in spring 2017. “This is a great opportunity for students who are beginning level French to participate in the program,” she says. “Last fall we started an English-speaking track in Padua, Italy, and it became more popular as a result.”
Why study abroad? Andrews rattles off a list of reasons that includes experiencing a different culture, getting out of your comfort zone, and developing academic and professional skills. “Studying abroad helps students learn skills that employers look for,” she says. “If you intern abroad, it helps you gain professional experience in a different culture, which definitely stands out on a résumé. During your time abroad, you will be really immersed in the culture. There is no other opportunity out there like it.”
The BU Study Abroad Fall Expo is tomorrow, Friday, September 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Marsh Plaza, rain or shine.