For the big crowd of students that visited the Study Abroad Fair at the Student Center, the question was not why to go abroad—but where.
“Right now I’m shopping around for a summer program and keeping an open mind, there are so many options,” said Rachel Wexler, a sophomore history/education major. “I’m excited for a new experience and to learn in a different environment—I can’t think of a better time in my life to go.”
Carolyn Dudek, associate professor of political science and the co-facilitator of the Spain program, said studying abroad changed her life. “That experience not only sparked a love of travel and culture,” Dudek said, ” it inspired what I wanted to do, who I wanted to be.”
Sponsored by University Advisement, the annual Study Abroad Fair showcases all Hofstra study abroad programs, including the Amsterdam Scholarship Exchange Program as well as non-Hofstra short-term and semester programs. Hofstra’s programs cast a wide international net, including studies in London, Germany, India, Greece, Ireland or Japan.
“Students discover learning in a new way,” said retired School of Education Professor Timothy H. Smith, who accompanies the European trip. “They learn self-reliance and how to live and get along with others different from themselves.”
Hofstra students who study abroad continue to earn credits towards their degree while overseas. In fact, they may have the opportunity to take a class that is not offered on campus and wholly unique to that country. Other benefits of going abroad include the ability to learn a new language, make new connections and relationships, and build a foundation for the future.
“As a finance major, I understand the importance of obtaining international experience,” said senior Eme Kalu, who is from Nigeria. “My hope is to work and establish business on a global scale, and use that knowledge to help advance countries in need like my homeland.”