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UIS expands opportunities for study abroad

November 22, 2005

SPRINGFIELD – The Global Experience Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield has expanded its opportunities for study abroad with the signing of new student exchange agreements with universities in Mexico, Japan, and Australia. 

In Mexico, the University of Colima offers an intensive Spanish-language program for beginning and intermediate students and a full curriculum for students with a good command of Spanish. The University of Colima is located in the capital city of the state of Colima, in west central Mexico.

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Saitama University, located just north of Tokyo, offers an intensive program in Japanese at several levels and a variety of courses taught in English.  Students who are fluent in Japanese will be able to take courses taught in Japanese. 

Murdoch University is located in Perth, a city with a population of approximately one million, on the southwest coast of Australia.  UIS students will be able to take classes from throughout Murdoch’s curriculum.

The addition of these three universities brings the number of international institutions with which UIS has formal affiliations to eight. The others are the Southampton Institute in England; Trinity College, University of Dublin, in Ireland; Veritas, a social service agency based in Romania, Charles Darwin University in Australia; and the Ashikaga Institute of Technology in Japan.

“We are part of a global web of communication, travel, and trade,” said Jonathan GoldbergBelle, director of UIS’ Office of International Affairs. “People, goods, and ideas cross borders daily. In order to better prepare our students for their local and global responsibilities, we have to extend our vision beyond the boundaries of Springfield and Illinois.”

The exchange nature of these new agreements permits UIS students, who are selected as exchange students, to pay tuition for their semester or year abroad to UIS at their normal UIS rate. Students’ living expenses and fees are paid to the host institution.  GoldbergBelle noted that this arrangement provides considerable savings over the tuition rate normally assessed for non-residents of these countries.

The deadline to apply to be an exchange student for the 2006 fall semester is February 1.

For information on these and other opportunities to study abroad, contact the UIS Office International Affairs, by phone at 206-6678, by e-mail at intaff@uis.edu, or go to the website at www.uis.edu/internationalaffairs/studyabroad.htm.

 

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