Inspiring interest to study abroad

Earning class credit on "vacation"

Ferris students were encouraged to broaden their worldview at 2015’s Study Abroad Fair, hosted by the Office of International Education.

The new University Center provided a fresh location for the Study Abroad Fair, where faculty met with students to discuss the wide range of possibilities for earning class credit abroad through Ferris.

“We’re bringing all of our faculty together and showing all of the study abroad programs students can get involved with for the summer semester,” said Study Abroad Coordinator William Sartore. “This is our final push for students that want to get involved in the summer study abroad program.”

What may seem like a vacation can provide students resumé-worthy experience. The fair offered students information about programs in various countries including England, Ireland and Costa Rica. In the spirit of helping students take the initial steps to travel abroad, passport photos were available for purchase.

Jordan House, an intern at the Office of International Education and public relations major, helped plan the Study Abroad Fair. She plans to study in the Atlantic Islands of Scotland for two weeks this summer and will earn a cross-cultural communication credit.

“The goal is to inspire people to travel abroad,” said House, “To be honest, earlier this year I had no interest. But all of a sudden, working in the Office of International Education, it just kind of peaked my interest.”

According to IES Abroad, 90% of study abroad students find employment within 6 months of graduating. Study abroad alumni earn an average of $7,000 more in starting salaries.

The deadline for registration in the 2015 Study Abroad program is Feb. 15. For a list of program offerings, dates and pricing, visit the Office of International Education, located in the IRC or the Study Abroad webpage at