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Summer Dreams: Make Them Come True and Earn College Credit via Study Abroad

January 26, 2010

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MACOMB, IL -- Dreaming of a fabulous summer destination? What if you could go there and earn college credit? Western Illinois University's study abroad office can make that dream come true, all the while you earn credit in your degree program and gain real-world cross-cultural experience that can be useful for future career success.

According to Emily Gorlewski, assistant director of Western's study abroad program, students interested in studying abroad for Summer 2010 -- or Fall 2010 or even Spring 2011 -- will be able to learn more about the opportunities available from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the Spring Study Abroad Mini-Fair. The event will be held in the University Union Sandburg Lounge.

"We'll have information available about Western's various study abroad programs, including faculty-led group programs, summer programs, semester-long programs and yearlong programs," noted Gorlewski. "We'll also provide information about the more than 50 countries in which a student can study through WIU's program. Any major can participate in the program," she added.

Gorlewski noted that many times students don't consider study abroad, as the opportunity, at first consideration, sounds expensive. But, she said, financial aid and scholarships are available to help students finance their study abroad experiences.

"Study abroad can be a lot more affordable than most students realize," she explained. "That's why we have invited a representative from Western's financial aid office to be available to assist students at this event. Some programs can cost about the same as studying here on campus."

Other exhibitors at the Spring Study Abroad Mini-Fair will include faculty members who lead study abroad programs; students who have studied abroad; and staff from WIU's Center for International Studies. The event will feature a raffle, with prizes donated by local businesses.

The Spring Study Abroad Mini-Fair is open free to the public. For more information, contact the study abroad office at (309) 298-2504 or

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Office of University Communications & Marketing