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University degrees and travel fees: International Education Week returns to UNB

Ever wanted to study abroad or learn a new language in a unique way? International Education Week at UNB is the perfect opportunity to find out how to make that dream a reality.

The week will run from Nov. 17 to 21 with events happening each day for students who are curious about internships, co-op programs or exchanges across the globe.

Events will kick off with a lecture from Willy Oppenheim, the founder and chief executive officer of Omprakash on Monday. Omprakash is one of the leading organizations that provide students with affordable opportunities abroad. The lecture will take place at Tilley Hall in room 124 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

“On Tuesday we’re having our International Opportunities Fair. That’s a chance for us to showcase all of the international opportunities that are available to our students, whether it’s exchanges or internships or travel-study programs,” said Pascale Schicks, director of partnerships and exchanges at UNB.

The fair will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SUB Atrium. Presentations will be held after the fair by various parties including Travel Study, Medlife and students who are studying at UNB as a part of their exchange program. These will take place from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in SUB room 103.

On Wednesday students can sit in on a Skype presentation about learning Spanish in Antigua, Guatemala.

“The idea is that you would to an introductory Spanish class here, go to Guatemala and build on that Spanish class and then you come back and they test you. You’re paying for the school there, then transferring the credit back to UNB,” said the director of international exchanges and experiential activities at UNB, Veronica McGinn.

Thursday’s activities will include a presentation about paid co-op opportunities in Germany from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. in MacLaggan Hall room 53.

“It’s the 10-year anniversary of the program. You don’t need to be fluent in German to do it — the companies function in English. It’s a hands-on opportunity to do research, but also to work in industries we don’t have here,” McGinn said.

To conclude the week, everyone is invited to the International Social on Friday. Snacks will be provided at the meet and greet than runs from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. in the Senior Commons Room of McConnell Hall.

“Anybody that’s thinking about doing an exchange or an internship, or anybody that’s here on one can come meet people and get more information or share ideas,” said McGinn.

Students now have more opportunities than ever and can travel to several different countries around the world, including South Korea, Singapore, Malawi, Zambia, Ghana, Jamaica and Barbados.

“If you really want to learn a language, that’s how you do it — being immersed in a different country and a different language. That’s probably one of the top skills that employers are looking for,” said Schicks.

But the experience of an international education is more than just learning a new language.

“When you experience being a minority, you understand what it’s like to be a minority in our circumstances. What you can’t get from staying at home is that push outside of your comfort zone, self-confidence and an understanding of how the world functions,” McGinn said.

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