Study Abroad Fair Set at TAMIU Oct. 14

Edgardo Cárdenas, a senior criminal justice major at Texas A&M International University and Cyril Bour, a student from the Ecole Supérieure de Commerce, a business school in Chambéry, France, share something in common this Fall.

That's because both Cárdenas and Bour have traveled in worlds they have never seen before and are now students at TAMIU.

Bour, an exchange student now taking business and English courses at TAMIU, and Cárdenas, who traveled to Spain this past summer to take courses in Spanish literature and civilization and culture, typify students found at TAMIU's annual Study Abroad Fair, scheduled for Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the corridor of the Cowart Hall.

Jannet García, director of the Office of International Programs, said students interested in studying abroad are invited to attend this event to gather information on numerous study abroad opportunities available through TAMIU.

"We will have a information tables by our partner schools and by for profit and non-profit study abroad organizations," García said, "This is basically a chance for students to become exposed to different types of study abroad programs, talk about different schools and get details about what they need to study in those schools. They will also be able to get financial aid information."

García said event participants can also visit with a group of foreign students who are studying on campus this semester.

She said study abroad opportunities can be enriching and are an ideal way for students to study, while exploring new culture and way of life.

Cárdenas said he decided to participate in a study-travel program in TAMIU that took him to a total of 10 cities in Spain because he had always dreamed of seeing Madrid.(photo)

"I did it for personal satisfaction," Cárdenas said, "I had always wanted to go to downtown Madrid and be on the other side of the world. I also wanted to see where the Spanish roots come from."

Cárdenas, who also minors in Spanish, said he is glad he went to Spain.

"Definitely, it was the ultimate experience for every student. This type of travel is important, in particular for Spanish majors so that they can not only have a notion of what Spain is but also a knowledge, supported by experience," he said.

Meanwhile, Bour said he is learning about two different cultures by living in Laredo.

"In France, I studied English and Spanish, and I chose to come here because it is located on the U.S.-Mexico border," he said, "It's good for me because I'm meeting people from two cultures: Mexican and American."

Bour, originally from Metz, France, said he plans to study at TAMIU for a semester and then pursue an internship or employment opportunity in the United States.

Like Cárdenas, Bour, who has been observing American lifestyle closely since his arrival one month ago, said he encourages students to travel abroad and not only rely on what is shown on television about other cultures.

"It's important to travel and to see what's going on around you," he said.

Although it was difficult for Bour to leave his family and friends back home, he said he feels happy here.

"I like the challenge," he said, "If I can see another thing, it's a chance for me and it's a good thing for my future job."

For further information, please contact the Office for International Programs at 326-2566, e-mail or visit offices located in the Student Center, room 114. University office hours are 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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