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Students: Getting the Most out of the EA Fair

Two female Penn State students at Education Abroad Fair speaking to program represenative
An exhibitor explains programs to a student at the Education Abroad Fair.

The Education Abroad Fair is the place to start for the first phase of your study abroad journey. The EA Fair is a one-stop-shop where students can get an overview of the study abroad programs available through Penn State.  

Students can speak to EA Advisers, representatives from the colleges and national and international global partners. Representatives from Student aid and service representatives are also available for questions.

 Education Abroad Fair Expectations

Students should aim to gather as much information as possible, from as many programs as possible to begin to narrow down which global experience will be the best fit.

EA Fair checklist

Before the EA Fair

  • Attend the Welcome Week Study Abroad 101
  • Look through the Penn State approved programs on the EA Fair website and stop by EA Peer Adviser Walk-in Advising, M-F, 11AM to 4PM in 313 Boucke Building
  • Make a list of questions that you would like to ask the EA Fair representatives
  • Set goals for the EA Fair

During the EA Fair

  • If unable to take the pre-fair steps, stop by the Education Abroad Advisers Table for a brief overview
  • Look at an EA Fair map
  • Check with your college representatives to find out which programs relate best with your major
  • Meet the visiting international partners to learn about their programs and services
  • Meet past participants to learn how they chose a study abroad program

Sample EA Fair Student Goals & Outcomes

  • Identify and list five programs or countries of interest 
  • Identify three components that are key to that program (eg. language skills, service-learning opportunities, cultural immersion)

Post-Fair

  • Reflect on the programs you learned about talking with the representatives
  • Speak to an Academic Adviser and an EA Adviser; start researching scholarships and grants.
  • Make arrangements for your parents or caregivers to attend the Parents and Family Study Abroad 101 during Parents and Family Weekend.