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February 9, 2004

Deadline March 1 for study abroad programs

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Applications for participation in the 2004-05 Purdue University Study Abroad Program, including programs planned for summer and fall of 2004 and academic year 2004-05, are due by Monday, March 1.

Those interested must complete an online application and provide a short essay explaining the reasons for wanting to study abroad, letters of recommendation, a copy of student transcripts and a photo. To apply online go to Study Abroad web site.

"The personal benefits of studying abroad are countless," says Mike Starks, study abroad marketing coordinator. "Students who participate gain a new appreciation for the unique qualities of their own country as well as an understanding of other cultures. They also develop maturity and independence, helping prepare them for a successful career after graduation. Every year we set new records with the number of students going abroad."

Each student who applies to study abroad is assigned a personal home page where they can track the entire application and acceptance process. Students are encouraged to apply as early as possible, as some programs may fill before the application deadline.

Eighty-five summer programs are available for students, including more than 20 programs led by Purdue faculty. Some of the most popular are the Purdue Summer in Oxford, England; Purdue Summer in Florence, Italy; Purdue Summer in Glasgow, Scotland; Purdue Summer in Madrid, Spain; and Business Studies in London, England.

Students can choose from more than 200 programs in more than 45 countries. Students also have the option of taking courses in their major, minor or earning general elective credits. Some programs are designed for students in specific areas of study while others are open to all Purdue students, regardless of major.

Academic credits earned abroad transfer to Purdue, allowing students to fit the program into a four-year graduation plan. Students remain enrolled as regular Purdue students while studying abroad, and therefore are eligible for Purdue scholarships and financial aid, which may be applied to program fees.

A limited number of scholarships, based on need and merit, are available to students who have been approved for study abroad. A variety of other scholarships are available.

Travel programs vary by discipline, foreign language ability and length (from one week to one year), making study abroad a possibility for all students. Some programs are available to non-students.

For information, call (765) 494-2383, studyabroad@purdue.edu.

Writer: Reni Winter, (765) 496-3133, rwinter@purdue.edu

Source: Michael Starks, (765) 494-9866, mstarks@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu


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