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Study abroad fair allows students to explore international scholastic destinations

On Sept. 28, the Curb Event Center held the annual Study Abroad Fair from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. With 58 booths showcasing all the opportunities Belmont students have to learn in cities across the world, the fair gave about 650 students the chance to learn about how they can incorporate a study abroad into their time at Belmont.

One of the new programs is Belmont in Australia, where students get to study poisons, social justice and public relations in one of the most poison-filled places on Earth, according to Dr. Brad Schleben, who will lead the trip along with Dr. Alison Parker.

Schleben was also very excited about the opportunity to cuddle koalas during the trip; he gushed to every student who stopped by the booth.

The fair also gives students who have already studied abroad the chance to encourage other students to do the same.

Chrystal Hetland, a communications studies and Biblical studies major who studied in Israel, Jordan and Greece in May, told students about her opportunity to go to three different countries and immerse herself in three unique cultures.

“Just to get to see how the cultures clashed and then went together was such a beautiful thing,” said Hetland.

Whether students knew exactly what country they want to study in or were just hoping to explore their options, the fair opened the door for students to see just what Belmont can offer them.

Freshman Victoria Dunlap came to the fair to find more information about the Maymester program in Italy, but she was excited to see how many options she had not thought of.

Belmont offers 40 faculty-led short-term study abroad trips students can participate in. However, Shelley Jewell, director of the Office of Study Abroad, said her office works with at least seven other providers to help students study for a semester or even a full academic year in countries all over the world.

This article was written by Emily Allen.

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