UT Study Abroad Fair Opens the World to Students

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KNOXVILLE — Dreaming of adventure and learning something new? The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Study Abroad Fair may have something for you.

The Study Abroad Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 27, in the University Center Ballroom. The event brings together a wealth of campus resources for students interested in taking their studies abroad.

Those attending the fair will find information on summer, semester and yearlong programs. Students who have studied abroad will be on hand to share their experiences. Faculty leading summer and mini-term programs also will be there to answer questions. Information will be available about internship opportunities, financial aid and scholarships.

Approximately 800 UT Knoxville students study abroad each year, reaching all corners of the globe. For many students, these experiences are only possible due to assistance from financial aid programs and scholarship opportunities.

One scholarship program that will be represented at the fair is the Benjamin Gillman International Scholarship. The Gillman Scholarship is allowing six UT Knoxville students to study abroad during the Spring 2010 semester. More than 900 Gillman scholarships were awarded to undergraduate students across the country for the current semester. Six of UT’s seven applicants were chosen to receive scholarships between $4,000 and $5,000.

UT’s Gillman recipients are: Carla Chantal Safi, a junior in the College of Architecture + Design, who is spending the semester at the Danish Institute of Study Abroad in Copenhagen; LaTisha Raulston, a senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, who is studying in Costa Rica; sophomore Lauren Raschke, in the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, who is currently studying in Spain; Whitney Chase and Joshua Shaffer, both seniors in the College of Architecture + Design, who are studying in Poland; Todd Buchkovich, senior in the College of Arts & Sciences, who is studying in Guadeloupe.

Study abroad is an important component of “Ready for the World: The International and Intercultural Awareness Initiative.” The goal of the initiative is to transform the campus into a culture of diversity that best prepares students for working and competing in the 21st century. The initiative involves diversifying the university community, altering the curriculum, encouraging faculty to incorporate international and intercultural aspects in all of their courses, expanding study-abroad and work-study opportunities, and encouraging students to take advantage of all of these opportunities.

For more information about UT’s Study Abroad programs, visit http://www.utabroad.org.

C O N T A C T :

Rebekah Winkler (865-974-8304, rwinkler@utk.edu)

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