Towson holds annual Study Abroad Fair

By Marcus Whitman, Staff Writer

Photo by Marcus Whitman/ The Towerlight

Towson’s Study Abroad Office held an information fair for students in the University Union Thursday. The biannual fair, held once in the fall and once in the spring, provides students with important information about studying abroad opportunities. 

Director for the Study Abroad Office, Liz Shearer, mentioned that they have been getting a large student turnout each semester, with about 400-500 students. At the fair, students could talk with peer advisors and faculty members leading study abroad programs as well as other representatives from around the world.

For minimester 2020 TU is offering programs in the United Kingdom, Argentina, Ecuador, South Africa and more.

“The study abroad fair is a great way for students to come and learn about the study abroad process [and] explore some of the hundreds of options that they can choose from internationally,” Shearer said.

During the fair the study abroad office also ran a group advising session in the Union to help give students a better idea of what the process entails. And aside from study abroad information, students also were able to get a free t-shirt and other swag.

TU junior majoring in health care management, Aleksander Mason-Finch explained his interest in the study abroad program. 

“The whole idea of being able to experience how they do things in different countries, that would be interesting,” said Mason-Finch. “It’s experiencing different cultures and different ways of life.”

Towson University has many options with partner schools and program choices for students looking into studying abroad. 

“Towson actually has a really large portiflo of program options and there is something for every major and every type of situation,” Shearer said. “All different prices vary, the country, the location, the type of program. We have exchanges with of course faculty led programs and then students can go on semester long programs and do internships abroad, so there really is something for everyone.”

Associate Professor in the Department of Management, Bartosz Debicki will be contributing to this wide study abroad program portfolio through TU as he will lead a new course for international business in the study abroad program. 

Debicki’s class will be offered over the summer in Sydney, Australia.  

“The topic of my class is pop culture, entertainment and arts as global industries,” he said. “I chose the location because it is one of the biggest Film Festivals in the world is happening in Sydney. And is happening right when we are going there, which is the first two weeks of June.”

Students can always learn more about study abroad option as the TU Study Abroad program offers group advising sessions Monday through Friday at 2 p.m. in their office with all the information needed about the process. 

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