Like most events taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, the study abroad fair looks different than it has in past years.

Because of COVID-19, the Global Engagement Office has adapted the event from a one-time fair into a week full of Zoom sessions that began on Monday.

“Students can log on to one, some or all of the virtual study abroad Zoom sessions,” said Jill Muegge, director of study abroad. “This format lets students choose which sessions to attend based on their interests and their schedules.”

The sessions are tailored to students in specific colleges, the ILAC and Dominican Republic programs and other special interest topics.

Not only are the sessions more tailored, but the GEO also hosted more info-sessions, student panels and unique sessions.

“We did not have this opportunity in past fairs,” Muegge said. “I am excited about the wide variety of sessions that we have scheduled.”

Students are just as excited.

“I really want to study abroad but wasn’t sure I’d get all the information just from the website,” freshman in the College of Arts and Sciences Aiden Barger said. “These virtual sessions answer a lot of my questions.”

Many students come into college wanting to study abroad but are unsure where to go or how to do it.

“I think having individual Zoom sessions for specific programs and interests is really beneficial for students who are struggling to decide a location,” senior in the College of Nursing Ethan Elumba said.

All of the week’s sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the GEO’s YouTube channel for students interested in studying abroad who can’t attend the events.

“Students can access all recordings after the events, just another bonus to a virtual event,” Muegge said.

For links to remaining Zoom sessions and recordings, visit the study abroad website.

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