Students are being encouraged to spend more time abroad, with the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) studying abroad program providing an option for students who do not wish to study in Illinois.
According to the UIUC website, “In the past, students from Illinois were encouraged to study abroad to help earn a degree.
However, as of 2017, this option is no longer available due to budget cuts.”
The university is also encouraging the community to be active in its social and cultural activities, such as the Chicago Youth for the Arts, a summer festival that draws more than 1,000 participants from across the city.
“The event is a chance to connect with people in a wide variety of ways, including with each other, with neighbors, with friends and family,” UIUC spokeswoman Sara J. Miller said in a statement.
The UIUC’s summer festival, which takes place in the spring, offers a chance for students to connect and learn with friends, as well as a community program, which includes arts workshops, cultural and performance programs and a cultural festival.
Students who are not enrolled in the UIuc study in foreign language courses, such students from other countries, are also being encouraged in their options.
According the UIU website, the University is offering free tuition for study abroad at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
“This program is available for students in all majors, and is intended for those who are unable to complete the full course load at their home institution,” the UIUA said.