Good morning, my name is Jennifer Noinaj. I’m here today to give an overview to studying abroad.
First, I wanted to give some background info about me. I’m a senior in the college of business. I have a double-major in IT & Marketing. I studied abroad the fall semester of 2008 on an exchange in Bangkok, Thailand studying at Thammasat University with a concentration in International Business.
Today I will go over some of my personal experiences, some factors to take into consideration when choosing a program (like the when and how long, where, and how much), and what to do to apply.
So why study abroad? There are many benefits and reasons. Everyone’s is different. There’s personal development. You’ll have some great experiences. For example, I had the opportunity to volunteer at an elementary school and assist in teaching English to children. Academic achievement. You are learning a lot of new things outside a classroom setting. I was in the International Business School at my university and took a lot of challenges courses with great professors from schools like MIT, University of Chicago, and Oxford. Career advancement. A lot of employers understand that you learn a lot of new skills and gain a lot of experience from studying abroad. I felt like I improved my communication skills by interacting with international students and as well as Thais. After studying abroad, I also knew I wanted to work for a company that has a global presence. So these are just a few of the many benefits from studying abroad.
This is one of the many pictures I took abroad. This one is on a pier on the southern coast of Thailand.
When choosing a program, you should take into consideration when, where, and how much. For when you should study abroad, you can go for the academic year, for a semester in the fall or the spring, during the summer for up to 12 weeks or even in the winter for programs lasting 1- 3 weeks. Where? There are programs within the study abroad office but also in the different colleges at U of I as well. I know the College of Business has many programs offering classes relevant to business majors, for example. There are over 250 programs in Europe, Asia, Latin America, Australia, the Middle East, and Africa. I knew I wanted to do a semester long program in Asia so that helped me narrow down my search.
All of the programs have varying costs. Some prices are comparative to studying here at U of I and some can be more expensive. However, do not let the cost discourage you. There are many scholarships offered and you can apply for financial aid. I chose Thailand because I was on a strict budget: I knew I wanted to try to spend less than my semester’s tuition and the program ended up being only $1500.
Now that you’ve learned more about some of the factors to consider when studying abroad, I encourage you to visit the study abroad website. You can attend a first steps meeting which gives more information about the programs we offer. It is required prior to meeting with an advisor. You can also visit the resource room in the International Studies Building and once you talk to a study abroad advisor and know where you want to go, you can apply online!
Today I talked about how study abroad has a lot of benefits, that there are many opportunities throughout the year in various locations, that the price should not deter your decision to study abroad and how you can also learn more about the programs.
Thanks for listening. Please feel free to contact me. My email address is listed. Does anyone have any questions?
Get on Board to Study Abroad Jennifer Noinaj
About Me Senior in College of Business Major: IT & Marketing Fall ’08 Exchange: Bangkok, Thailand Thammasat University, Int’l Business Intro
Things to Consider Personal Experiences Choosing a Program When? Where? How much? Next steps Agenda
Personal Experiences Benefits to studying abroad: Personal development Academic achievement Career advancement Getting Started
Choosing a Program When? Academic year Semester (Fall/Spring) Summer: <12 weeks Winter: 1 - 3 weeks Where? 250+ programs Europe Asia-Pacific Latin America/Caribbean Australia/New Zealand Middle East/Africa Getting Started
Program Costs How much? Comparative to studying at U of I Expensive Funding options Scholarships Financial Aid Getting Started
Now what? https://www.studyabroad.uiuc.edu/ First Steps meeting Visit the resource room Talk to a study abroad advisor Apply online! Next Steps
Recap Lots of benefits Many opportunities throughout the year Various locations Price doesn’t matter Learn more Summary