Peer Advisors Will Share Their Stories at Study Abroad Fair

Last year, Chelsea Raschke and Mona’ King took their studies at UT to a new latitude and longitude.

Raschke in Spain

Raschke in Spain

Raschke, a senior in journalism and electronic media, spent the spring semester of 2013 taking classes in Spanish culture and communications at the Universidad Pablo de Olavide and CEA Global Campus in Seville, Spain.

King, a senior in biochemistry and molecular biology, spent the fall semester of 2012 studying Mandarin at Peking University in Beijing, China.

Now peer advisors in the Programs Abroad Office, King and Raschke will be among the students on hand to share their study abroad experiences with would-be travelers at the Study Abroad Fair on Wednesday, September 25. The free event will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

At the fair, interested students can learn about semester-long, year-long, summer, and mini-term study abroad programs, as well as summer internships abroad.

King in China.

King in China

Faculty members who lead summer and mini-term programs will be on hand to answer questions. Students can find out more about scholarships and how to use financial aid for a study abroad program.

Students also can visit with peer advisors in the Programs Abroad office resource room. They are available from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Daily informational meetings are held at 2:00 p.m.

During her semester abroad, Raschke traveled around Spain, visiting Grenada and Barcelona, and also ventured over to Portugal, Brussels, London, and Ireland.

Living day to day in Seville was especially enlightening, however.

“Spain shaped me in a different way than I expected it to,” she said. “The people and culture there helped me open my mind to new and different people and cultures.”

While abroad, King used her spare time to travel around China, visiting Shanghai, Xi’an, Luoyang, and Kaifeng.

“I’ve learned to be more conscious of cultural differences, and learned to tolerate and learn from cultures different than my own,” she said. “I am more confident in myself and have developed a desire to continue traveling around the world.”

For more information, visit the Programs Abroad website. 

C O N T A C T :

Heather Grigsby (865-974-3177, hgrigsby@utk.edu)

Amy Blakely (865-974-5034, ablakely@utk.edu)

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