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To showcase study abroad and away opportunities, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Office of International Education (OIE) is hosting the 2019 Fall Study Abroad Fair from noon to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, at Reeve Ballroom.

A casual, open house atmosphere gives students the chance to check out all types of study-abroad opportunities.

“Students should think seriously about studying abroad,” said Mary Reinke, senior program manager of OIE. “One of the most important and life-changing experiences you can do while in college is to study abroad.”

UW Oshkosh offers more than 50 group programs for students to choose from, with a wide range of program costs. Financial aid is often available for programs. Students may consider short-term interim programs led by UWO faculty, semester programs, Quest III programs, internships and volunteer programs.

Students can start planning by attending the fair and talking with program representatives and students who have already studied abroad.

Alissa Arneson, a junior II nursing major from Oshkosh, studied abroad in London for an Honors 275 course during Spring Interim 2018. She called it the best decision she’s made as a student at UW Oshkosh.

“As a nursing major, I really only take science courses, so taking a course focused on the arts was definitely different than the courses I am used to taking,” Arneson said. “I would say this course allowed me to learn about an entirely different field in a way that I would have never gotten the chance to if I hadn’t taken it in London.

She experienced London in a more intimate way as a student than if she was a tourist on a trip—seeing everything from musicals, to Shakespeare, to the BBC Orchestra and Swan Lake the Ballet.

“I also got to see Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, which was AMAZING!” Arneson said.

Senior music major Stephen DCamp of Oshkosh, who also studied in London, said studying abroad “feels more like you are living there than just simply visiting. You are there with a purpose.”

UW Oshkosh participates in the National Student Exchange, allowing students to study away in the U.S. or in Canada at more than 170 institutions.

“I would 110 percent recommend studying abroad to anyone,” Arneson said. “I guarantee you will not regret your decision. I loved my experience so much that I am planning on studying abroad again in Peru for my Senior I clinical.”

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