(Jan. 18, 2012) -- Feel the urge to travel? Want to earn college credit while doing so? The UTSA Spring Study Abroad Fair will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the McKinney Humanities Building on the Main Campus. Students can explore options with more than 20 providers offering programs from around the world.
According to Kim Diehl, director of education abroad services, students should consider studying abroad a realistic goal.
"Study abroad programs are available for any major," she said. "You don't have to have straight A's and you don't have to be rich. Any student can go. It is a matter of doing the research to find a program that best fits your academic program and your personal goals."
UTSA offers options including UTSA-faculty led programs in places such as Urbino, Italy, short-term programs through the College of Business and many more.
Bill Short, UTSA assistant professor of philosophy, will lead the Classical World study abroad program to Siena, Italy, this summer. Students will be able to work with cutting-edge classics scholars and explore historical and anthropological works in their natural space.
Students also can take advantage of exchange programs with UTSA partners at Keele University, Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, England; Kyoto University of Foreign Studies, Kyoto, Japan; Nagoya University of Foreign Studies, Nagoya, Japan; and the CONAHEC Exchange Program with universities in Mexico and Canada.
Students also can participate in third-party program providers such as Academic Programs International (API). API offers more than 100 programs in 14 countries.
Scholarships are available for students interested in studying abroad, and financial aid often will follow a student enrolled in a study abroad program. Among the possible scholarships and awards available are the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship, Boren Awards for International Study and Freeman Awards for Study in Asia (Freeman-ASIA).
"We can help you find a way to make your education abroad experience work," said Diehl.
Students can attend the fair and search out possible programs that may be a good fit with their academic plans. After exploring countries and programs of interest, then contact an education abroad adviser in the Office of International Programs.
>> For summer study abroad, the application deadline is Feb. 15; for fall study abroad, March 15.
The annual Center for Innovation, Technology and Entrepreneurship (CITE) 100K Venture Competition and Exposition will be held on the Main Campus on Dec. 1. Twenty-eight teams from across the university will exhibit their project; six teams will compete for a prize pool of more than $100,000 in funding to launch their new venture / company. More than 650 students have participated in launching new technology ventures.
Biotechnology, Sciences and Engineering (BSE 2.102), Main Campus
This concert features 50 community children performing music in the UTSA Downtown String Project Winter Concert. The children, led by UTSA music students studying to be music teachers, will join together in playing the Theme from Batman at their concert. The Batman of San Antonio, a local celebrity figure, will make an appearance at the concert. This event is free.
Buena Vista Theatre, Downtown Campus
Graduate student uses storytelling to highlight important issues facing children
As touch screens and e-books demand more and more attention from both casual readers and scholars, many people say the handwriting is on the wall for the printed page.
At UTSA, the handwriting is on the wall for a library that doesn't have any printed books.
Since March 2010, the bookless library in the Applied Engineering and Technology Building has given UTSA students an innovative way to read, research and work with each other to solve problems.
With ultra-modern furniture and a décor featuring desktop computers, scanners and LCD screens, the AET Library is designed to engage students in an online format. But it also offers group study niches and study rooms with whiteboards and glass walls on which students can write. The space encourages teamwork, communications and problem solving for the next generation of scientists and professional engineers.
Did you know? The UTSA AET Library is the nation's first completely bookless library on a college or university campus. It served as a model for Bexar County's first-in-the-nation public bookless library system and one of its branches, the Dr. Ricardo Romo BiblioTech.
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