Carleton Exchange Fair Provides Close Look at Benefits of Studying Abroad

Carleton partners with 190 universities in 40 countries to give undergraduate students a chance to study in different parts of the world through its exchange program. (Chris Roussakis Photo)

Carleton University’s International Student Services Office (ISSO) hosted an Exchange Fair on Oct. 6 and 7 to let students know about Carleton’s exchange program and hear first-hand about the adventures enjoyed by those who have been abroad.

There are 190 universities in 40 countries that partner with Carleton to allow their undergrads to become outgoing exchange students. The chance to explore different parts of the world and learn about new cultures is an attractive one, and it could be a reality to many students next year.

“There is an opportunity to study abroad and we want more people to know about it,” said the ISSO’s Erin Hutchison. “For a lot of students, this doesn’t really cross their minds but this is available to all of them.”

Hutchison did her own exchange program in 2012 and 2013 at Tecnológico de Monterrey in Guadalajara, Mexico as part of her Bachelor of International Business through the Sprott School of Business. Undergraduates of the BIB take intensive language training in a second language and then study abroad for a year.

Similarly, students in the Bachelor of Global and International Studies, part of the Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs, are also required to get international study experience to complete their degrees.

But anyone who is a full-time student at Carleton and has completed at least one year can be eligible.

The exchange program requires students to have a minimum overall CGPA of 7.0 and to be full-time student.

Students also had the opportunity at the Exchange Fair to touch base with incoming students who are now at Carleton on their own exchanges.

“For me, as an exchange student, Carleton is very a caring environment,” said Marc Blauret, who’s from Germany. “I don’t feel like I’m getting lost here and I feel that I’m part of a community.”

Blauret comes from the Berlin School of Economics, a small university of less than 10,000 students in the German capital. He came to Carleton for a semester to experience a different kind of university, one with a centralized campus that’s not spread out over a large city. The athletics opportunities and events on campus are not something that he was used to experiencing, he said.

Students will be able to register for the outgoing 2016-2017 program by early November. The deadline for registration is Dec. 4 and successful applicants should hear about their acceptance by mid-February 2016.

From Nov. 16 to 20, the ISSO will join other Carleton student groups, societies and faculties to participate in International Education Week, which recognizes and promotes the benefits of international education for academic institutions and students alike.

Activities will include information sessions, exhibits, panels and presentations.

Besides studying abroad on exchange, Carleton offers a variety of internships opportunities and student experiences like intensive summer language programs and research terms abroad.

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