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Sept. 10, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Studying Arabic in Alexandria, tropical biology in Belize, engineering in China or Latin dance in Costa Rica are a few of the intriguing programs students and the general public can explore this month during Western Michigan University's annual Study Abroad Fair.

About 500 WMU students participate in programs such as those each year, and some summer offerings are also open to non-WMU students and people not currently attending college. The full gamut of available options will be showcased at the "Explore the World" Study Abroad Fair from 4 to 7 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 19, in the Bernhard Center's South Ballroom.

This free, public event will tout more than 50 overseas study programs, including perennial favorites that send students to Tokyo to learn about religion and culture, Kuala Lumpur to examine communication issues, Cambridge to delve into British literature, and Capetown to focus on political science.

The 2007 Study Abroad Fair, which is being sponsored by WMU's Haenicke Institute for Global Education, will feature static and media displays hosted by travel-seasoned faculty members and students as well as representatives of non-WMU study abroad programs.

Attendees will have a chance to talk with WMU students who have studied abroad, WMU professors who coordinate programs and courses around the globe and study abroad advisors from the Haenicke Institute. The University also will have on hand academic advisors and representatives of its Sindecuse Health Center and Office of Student Financial Aid and Scholarships.

Undergraduate as well as graduate students will be able to investigate a variety of overseas study options to expand their cultural horizons and enhance their educations--regardless of their fields of study and foreign language skills.

Study abroad participants may earn major, minor, general education or elective credits at WMU, and financial aid may be applied to most programs. Among the numerous scholarships available is the President's Grant for Study Abroad, which offers up to $11,000 for students studying a foreign language overseas.

For more information about the study abroad fair, contact Study Abroad and Student Exchanges in the Haenicke Institute by visiting www.wmich.edu/studyabroad, or contact study-abroad@wmich.edu or (269) 387-5890.

Media contact: Jeanne Baron, (269) 387-8400, jeanne.baron@wmich.edu

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