2020 Virtual Study Abroad Fair

1. Everything You Need To Know About Studying Abroad At JSU

Wednesday, October 7th & Thursday, October 8th

12 p.m.

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2. Boren Awards – Institute of International Education

Wednesday, October 7th

12:30 p.m.


Contact: Michael Saffle

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The Institute of International Education (IIE) administers the Boren Scholarships and Fellowships on behalf of the National Security Education Program. IIE is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to building international goodwill through educational and cultural exchange among nations. By enabling more than 18,000 outstanding men and women each year to study, conduct research, receive practical training, or provide technical assistance outside their own countries, IIE fosters mutual understanding, builds global problem-solving capabilities, and strengthens the international competence of U.S. citizens. 

The Boren Award is a scholarship for eligible undergraduate and graduate students. Up to $25,000 awarded for overseas study. The Boren is also a great way to get started in a career with the U.S. government.


3. AIFS Study Abroad

Wednesday, October 7th

1 p.m.


Contact: Angela Manginelli

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AIFS Study Abroad has been around since 1964 and provides study abroad and internship options for students from all majors. Our programs are all inclusive (tuition, housing, meal plan, excursions, insurance, pre-departure support, and alumni programming) and offer an optional transportation package which includes round-trip airfare and ground transportation to/from the airport. We offer options ranging from two weeks to a year in more than 30 cities around the world as well as multi-destination study and travel programs in the summer which focus on different subjects.

We know that affording study abroad can be a big part of the process and are happy to accept financial aid, the GI Bill, and outside scholarships. We also have our own scholarships and grants available – each year more than 50% of our program participants receive a grant or scholarship from AIFS to participate on our programs. We encourage students to check out the Boren Awards, the Gilman Scholarship, and opportunities through the Fund for Education Abroad as they can be used on our programs and we provide a grant for recipients of these scholarships. We also have amended our refund policy to provide greater flexibility during these times of uncertainty.


4. CAPA: The Global Education Network

Wednesday, October 7th

1:30 p.m.


Contact: Cara Pizzorusso

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Studying abroad with CAPA means learning in the classroom, then supporting that structured academic foundation by going beyond and experiencing the diverse global city firsthand. You’ll do this through field studies and cultural events as well as on your own. Through coursework, internship opportunities, and My Global City cultural activities, you will participate in challenges that excite and inspire you.

CAPA has one of the longest histories as a study abroad internship provider, and works with more than 2,000 organizations across its global city locations. Interning with CAPA means you’ll have an incredible professional development opportunity right at your fingertips.

CAPA offers both in-country and online study abroad programs and remote global internships. Challenge yourself and go abroad (or online) with us. We have a good feeling that you’ll find a second home and an experience you’ll never forget.

CAPA’s programs are offered in London, Florence, Barcelona, Dublin, and Sydney.


5. ISA

Wednesday, October 7
2 p.m.
Website: www.studiesabroad.com

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Contact: Jennie Robinson

Study Abroad with ISA! We partner with accredited universities around the world to provide education abroad opportunities for all majors in English. Students can study, work on a service-learning project, work as an intern, participate in faith-based ministries, or work on research projects abroad! Program options range from short term, Summer, Semester and Academic Year.


6. ICLC – Instituto de Cultura y Lengua Costarricense 

Wednesday, October 7th

3 p.m.


Contact: Ronny García Mena

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Spanish Language Immersion Program in Costa Rica. More than 30 years teaching Spanish for foreigners .  Classes are 5 students maximum per class. Extracurricular activities available and during weekends, the participants can explore Costa Rica .  Host family program available. This program component will enrich your learning and cultural competences while you study with us.



Wednesday, October 7th

4 p.m.


Contact: Stacy Benjamin

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CIEE is the nation’s oldest and largest student exchange organization. This session will provide information about the Frederick Douglass Global Fellowship, a fully funded study abroad program in Cape Town.


Thursday, October 8th 

8. Expanish Study Abroad

Thursday, October 8, 2020


Contact: Flor Fustinoni

12:30 p.m.

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Since 2006, Expanish Study Abroad has been the leading provider of innovative and dynamic Spanish education abroad programs in Spain and Argentina. With high-quality academic and logistical services, we offer the local expertise to complement a meaningful educational experience abroad.

Our study centers provide centrally located support services for students and faculty, with comfortable, sleekly designed lounge areas, friendly bilingual staff and free WiFi. They also house our award-winning Spanish Language School, where students can take Spanish classes in small groups with talented local teachers to quickly learn to navigate the language.


9. Springbreak In Haiti

Thursday, October 8, 2020

1:00 p.m.


Contact: Gregory Jesus Luc

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Don’t cheat yourself; treat yourself to this life-changing experience.  Learn how this small nation has contributed to the “big” world. This is an opportunity to immerse yourself in Haitian culture for a week, offering your energy, skills, time, and a chance to create international ties.

SPRING BREAK IN HAITI is a short term introduction to Haiti. Our educational program offers many projects in a wide array of studies, giving students options to gain a hands-on experience in their major and/or minor.

This program is offered throughout the year, short or long term.  Academic credit may be accrued.

10. JET Program

Thursday, October 8th

1:30 p.m.


Contact: Tye Ebel

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The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program places recent college graduates in paid English teaching positions in Japan. Each year, over 1,000 Americans are selected from around the country. They work for periods of 1-5 years as Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) alongside trained Japanese teachers in primary and secondary schools. All majors are considered for this program, and Japanese language is not required. The primary requirements are a college degree and a strong interest in both teaching and Japan.

At least one graduate of Jackson State University is currently participating in this highly selective program. The current COVID-19 pandemic has delayed this year’s application process slightly, but we will be recruiting applicants to join the program in the summer of 2021. The application and more information about the JET Program can be found at JETProgramUSA.org.


11. Peace Corps

Thursday, October 8th

2 p.m.


Contact: Natalie Felton


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Discover the benefits of Peace Corps service from a returned Volunteer. Join Natalie Felton, Senior Diversity Recruiter,  to learn about the job opportunities, benefits of working internationally after college. Ask questions about service and gain tips to guide you through the application process.


12. Operation Wallacea

Thursday, October 8

2:30 p.m

Contact: Mike Judson

Website: https://www.opwall.com/

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Operation Wallacea has run biodiversity research expeditions for the last 25 years to a series of sites mainly in the tropics (www.opwall.com), helping university students from around the world gain valuable experience and get their hands dirty with real biodiversity research. From tropical rainforests and European grasslands to coral reefs and Mediterranean seagrass meadows, our network of more than 200 academics lead cutting edge research projects that help to inform local conservation management strategies.


More than 500 papers including some in high impact journals such as Nature and PNAS have been published from these annual programs, so by joining the field surveys you are guaranteed a high level of academic involvement. By working alongside these academics, students either gain broad experience as research assistants or to gather data for their independent research project (thesis). The expeditions vary in length from 2 to 6 weeks during the month of June to August.