Whether you’re ready to apply to study abroad today or just curious to learn more about studying abroad — come meet with us in person, on your campus, and help get the conversation started during study abroad fairs.
Over the next several months we’ll have USAC representatives attending study abroad fairs and conducting campus visits at college campuses across the U.S. If you’ve ever been to a study abroad fair, at times it can feel like the following Mean Girls scene:
Not only is our goal to always keep it non-primal, but we’re simply there to provide you with as much information as possible about study abroad. In order to get the most out of your study abroad fair visit, keep the following do’s and don’ts in mind
- Pick up information booklets: Information booklets are where you’re going to find everything you need to know about study abroad. From academics, field trips, pricing, location information, it will all be found in a slightly heavy catalog and scattered across different information booklets. Be sure to pick these up!
- Don’t pick up EVERY information booklet: Unless you want your arm to fall off, don’t just grab every massive catalog that you find. Keep an eye out to see if the organization offers downloadable versions of their catalog, and only grab booklets from programs you’re truly interested in.
- Ask tons of questions: Representatives are there for a reason, and we want to talk to you! Don’t be afraid to ask any and every question you have.
- If you’re already registered to study abroad, don’t ask too specific of questions: If you’ve already planned your study abroad and are simply waiting for your term to roll around, you may hop into a study abroad fair to simply check out your organizations table and come say hello. But if you have specific questions about your program, like why you haven’t heard back about your housing or what that charge is on your bill, a fair is not the time to get those questions answered. Study abroad fair representatives are there to help potential students discover study abroad. They’ll most likely have to just take your name down and direct your question at someone else in the company.
- Sign up for emails: You can always go back later and clear out any emails that aren’t providing you value, but follow up emails will provide you with a wealth of information to keep your study abroad journey on track. Make sure to write your name clearly on those email sign up sheets, real humans have to enter those into a computer!
- Don’t visit every single booth: Every program is not for every person. There’s a reason universities bring a variety of organizations to study abroad fairs. Each one offers different benefits, so while it’s best to peruse the tables, don’t waste time visiting a program that you know isn’t right for you.
- Do some research beforehand: Take a moment to hop online and research some different programs so you know what you’re looking for. If you know you want to go to Spain and spend less than $12,000 to do it, you’ll immediately eliminate a variety of providers. Going into a fair with a game plan can help the process be less overwhelming.
- Come with an open mind: The world is your oyster and we’re here to help guide you on your next great adventure. Come ready to learn, get flooded with information, and ready to conquer the study abroad world!
USAC offers 27 different countries with over 53 program sites to choose from when studying abroad, so you’re bound to find a place just right for you.
If you’re a USAC alum, we encourage you to come say hello, or even join us at the table and talk to students about your time abroad.
Below is a full list of dates and locations of study abroad fairs, but be sure to check with your campus study abroad office for specific times.
Additionally, you can always visit the USAC website for more information on our program offerings!
If you are a university that would like to invite USAC to visit your campus or participate in a fair, please email our University Relations Manager, Sabrina Harris.
|Study Abroad Fair Date||University|
|1/14/2020||University of the Pacific|
|1/16/2020||East Carolina University|
|1/21/2020||California State University – San Bernardino|
|1/21/2020||Prairie View A&M University|
|1/22/2020||University of Kentucky|
|1/22/2020||Texas A&M University|
|1/22/2020||Central Michigan University|
|1/24/2020||Portland State University|
|1/24/2020||Arizona State University|
|1/28/2020||University of Houston, Downtown|
|1/29/2020||University of Northern Iowa|
|1/29/2020||University of Houston|
|1/29/2020||University of Florida|
|1/29/2020||Montana State Fair|
|1/29/2020||University of Idaho|
|1/29/2020||University of Colorado, Denver and Metro State University Denver|
|1/29/2020||University of Louisville|
|1/29/2020||University of Utah|
|1/29/2020||University of Northern Colorado|
|1/30/2020||University of Central Florida|
|1/30/2020||Western Washington University|
|1/31/2020||Seattle Pacific University|
|2/3/2020||University of Maryland, Baltimore County|
|2/4/2020||Saginaw Valley State University|
|2/4/2020||Minnesota State University, Mankato|
|2/4/2020||University of Houston, Clear Lake|
|2/4/2020||Pace University, New York City|
|2/4/2020||University of New Mexico|
|2/4/2020||Virginia Commonwealth University|
|2/4/2020||Old Dominion University|
|2/4/2020||San Diego State|
|2/5/2020||University of Maryland, College Park|
|2/5/2020||Illinois State University|
|2/5/2020||University of Texas at Arlington|
|2/5/2020||New Mexico State University|
|2/5/2020||Florida Gulf Coast University|
|2/6/2020||University of Maine|
|2/6/2020||University of New Hampshire|
|2/11/2020||University of Texas at San Antonio|
|2/11/2020||Worcester State University|
|2/11/2020||Bowling Green State University|
|2/11/2020||Ohio Northern University|
|2/11/2020||University of Toledo|
|2/11/2020||California State University, Fresno|
|2/11/2020||University of West Florida|
|2/11/2020||Colorado State University|
|2/12/2020||University of Wisconsin, Stout|
|2/12/2020||University of Arkansas, Little Rock|
|2/12/2020||Loyola University Chicago|
|2/12/2020||University of Massachusetts, Boston|
|2/12/2020||Western Kentucky University|
|2/12/2020||University of Wyoming|
|2/13/2020||Missouri State University|
|2/13/2020||California State University, Sacramento|
|2/13/2020||Humboldt State University|
|2/17/2020||University of Alabama|
|2/18/2020||Kansas State University|
|2/18/2020||University of Alabama at Birmingham|
|2/19/2020||University of Cincinnati|
|2/20/2020||Miami University Ohio|
|2/20/2020||University of Nevada, Reno|
|2/25/2020||University of Wisconsin Oshkosh|
|2/26/2020||California State University, Chico|
|2/27/2020||Florida A&M University|
|3/4/2020||Washington State University|
|3/18/2020||St. Cloud State University|
|3/19/2020||Cleveland State University|