By Alejandra Garza
AMK’s First Annual Study Abroad Fair, held Thursday, September 22, gave students’ considering a program an opportunity to learn more about each aspect.
Director for International Studies and Programs Marilu Salazar said the purpose of the fair was to increase the number of students who study abroad.
“It’s really to promote our programs and to let them know that it’s accessible, because we have scholarships available,” Salazar said.
Sophomores, Juniors, Seniors who have a GPA of at least 2.5, and Graduate students with a 3.0 GPA, are eligible for the scholarship. The deadline is October 10.
“My purpose is letting students know that going abroad is feasible but they still have to keep in mind that it is an experience that will cost them,” Scholarship and State Grant Coordinator Mary Juarez said.
Juarez was at the fair letting students know what their tuition options were concerning financial aid.
Though students can use financial aid towards their study abroad tuition, if it is a summer program they can only use what is left over from the previous Fall and Spring semesters.
“[Study Abroad] is a good experience but unfortunately it is an expensive experience,” Juarez said.
Aside from financial aid, there was a representative from Murdoch University in Perth, Western Australia.
“We offer a whole range of majors at the university,” Director of International Office Dirk Mulder said. “The university itself is typically a university like Texas A&M Kingsville.”
Murdoch University currently offers two summer programs, Tropical Marine Biology and Australian Indigenous Studies.
Other than Australia, students can study abroad in Taiwan, London, Spain and Germany with faculty led groups.
Also, AMK offers “Almost” Study Abroad, where students travel to Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other places where they do not need a passport or visa.
“We are very hopeful for this year because we have more students coming to our office interested in study abroad,” Salazar said.
Salazar says the number one reason to Study Abroad is to understand other cultures and gain knowledge of other countries.
“Right now we have all this social media, Facebook and everything else, but when you ask somebody ‘Who’s the president of France?’ Nobody really knows,” Salazar said. “There’s no interest really in other cultures, so we will learn from them if we go abroad.”