By: Cole Campbell
It is an exciting time for the Study Abroad office at Oklahoma State University. The student applicants for reciprocal exchange just found out which country they will be making their new home next year. When students apply for a direct exchange study abroad program, they list their top three choices of universities and we are happy to announce that everybody was placed into one of their top choices. This year we have seen a record breaking number in the amount of students who are committing to studying abroad, a trend that has held true for the last several years. Oklahoma State students can take advantage of an international experience by participating in a reciprocal exchange program, an affiliated/approved program, a faculty-led course abroad, and even through National Student Exchange to another state or U.S. territory. In the 2009-10 school year, we saw a combined 563 students participate in an exchange program and in only five short years, the amount of OSU students abroad has nearly doubled, totaling at 1,056 students for the 2013-14 school year. Students are starting to realize that a study abroad experience can be so much more than an extended vacation, and that it can be a great resource for professional development, to learn a new language, and to discover a new culture while still discovering yourself. To find out more about how to start planning your experience abroad, visit us at abroad.okstate.edu or visit us in 242 Student Union.