February 7, 2014

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

VSU Students Invited to Study Abroad Open House, Tweetup

VALDOSTA — The Valdosta State University Center for International Programs will host a Study Abroad Open House from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11.

More than 20 countries will be represented, and participating students will have the opportunity to talk to previous VSU Study Abroad Program participants and faculty and to try foods from around the world.

Students who are unable to attend the open house but want to learn more about the study abroad opportunities available to them at VSU have the option of participating in a Tweetup from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 11 at #VSUAbroadTweetup.

“At the moment, we have over 200 students signed up to go abroad in the summer, but a few programs still have openings,” said Irina McClellan, program coordinator and assistant director of the Center for International Programs. “This will be the last chance for VSU students to sign up for summer study abroad programs and make their decisions.”

The Study Abroad Open House will feature information about summer, semester-long, and yearlong exchange programs available to VSU students. Financial aid can be applied to approved programs, and students do not have to be fluent in a foreign language to participate.

Programs are available in almost every field of study. McClellan said that students can take courses in everything from business, history, and political science to art and foreign language to geography, psychology, biology, and more as they explore the world around them.

“Study abroad is an investment into the acquisition of global skills, broadening horizons and strengthening the competitive edge of the students for the labor market,” said Dr. Ivan Nikolov, director of VSU’s Center for International Programs and professor of educational leadership.

The Center for International Programs is located at 204 Georgia Ave., next to the Student Health Center.

Contact Irina B. McClellan at (229) 333-7410 or ibmcclel@valdosta.edu or visit www.valdosta.edu/cip to learn more.

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