Welcome Back!

Hi all!

It’s been very busy around the office as we just had the priority deadline for the Reciprocal Exchange application on January 28th. For those of you who have just come back from your study abroad program, welcome back! For those who are currently studying abroad or will leave soon, it’s an exciting time for you!

If you did not meet the Jan. 28th priority deadline, it’s not too late for you to apply! The main thing you have to consider is that the more competitive places (for this year that means: //Any university in England/Cork/Kansai Gaidai/Valencia//) are likely to have been filled by priority applicants.

However, there’s still a lot of options to choose from even if those universities listed above do get filled by the first round of applicants. Some of my personal favorites that I wish more students considered are Belgium, the Netherlands, South Korea, Lithuania, Sweden, and Mexico (and of course, my former study abroad site, Czech Republic). If you’re open to trying out one of the lesser-traveled places like these and more, there’s still time for you to apply!

That being said, we had a record number of applicants this cycle, which means that more of you want to go abroad!

Another really cool exchange program about which you may or may not know is the National Student Exchange (NSE). This program allows students to go on exchange within the U.S., Canada, and Puerto Rico. Every year we have both incoming and outgoing NSE students, but we could definitely send more. It really is a good opportunity if you want to live and study in another part of the country. I know many of the incoming NSE students come to OSU because of the Agricultural and Veterinary programs here. The deadline for NSE is February 15th, 2011. That includes Fall 2011, Spring 2012, and the Academic Year 11-12.

If for no other reason, you should come into the office because on rare occasions it looks like this 🙂

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