NDSU Tours Study Abroad Virtually
International programs give information for students online
Published: Thursday, February 6, 2014
Updated: Thursday, February 6, 2014 09:02
NDSU is presenting students with an opportunity to take their studies in new and foreign lands across seas in a whole new way.
Rather than giving face-to-face speeches about the Study Abroad programs, NDSU International Programs presented the NDSU Virtual Study Abroad Fair this week on their website.
To start the fair off Monday, Study Abroad advisor Callie Dominique K. Speer gave an overview of the various programs available to students.
Speer said there are more than 1,400 programs to choose from. While there are a number of different kinds of programs available for students to study across the American borders, Speer said there are ways to find the right program for an individual student regardless of major or standing.
“It’s also a little intimidating, I know,” Speer said. “But the nice thing is you don’t have to follow every single program. You can just find one program that is the program for you.”
During the overview on Monday, Speer highlighted several programs in various countries including Japan, Denmark and France.
For the first day of the virtual fair, two returnees gave their takes on their experiences with Study Abroad programs.
Shelby Moenster first gave her presentation on her time at Aarhus University in Denmark. She said she went through a culture shock when she first experienced European fashion.
“Going to NDSU, I will wear sweatpants and a sweatshirt everyday to class,” Moenster said. “But in Denmark, you don’t go out in your sweats unless you’re going out to the gym. It’s a lot different than it is here.”
Moenster also said there was a noticeable language barrier in her time there. Along with that, Moenster said she noticed a difference of personalities between America and Denmark.
“Danish culture is really interesting for me,” Moenster said. “They’re pretty reserved.”
Then, Rachel Austin talked about her time in Granada, Spain. She said that during her time studying in another country, she formed tight bonds with other students who are now scattered across the United States.
“I became so close to those people, and I was only there for five weeks,” Austin said. “So I can only imagine if I was there for six months.”
Afterward, Speer gave a general review of Study Abroad. She included due dates and deadlines to make payments and for possible scholarships for those who take part in the programs.
Also on the schedule for the weeklong fair was a faculty-led session Tuesday and a session dedicated for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics students Wednesday. Affiliate providers of Study Abroad are set to present Thursday, while Study Abroad scholarships will round the schedule off Friday.
“Apply for scholarships so that you can really get as much bang for your buck as possible, and study where you want to study,” Moenster said.