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Trevor Nelson, International Students and Scholars, (515) 294-6792
Michelle Johnson, News Service, (515) 294-8986


More Iowa State University students are bidding bon voyage to the Ames campus through the ISU study abroad program.

During the 1996-97 academic year, more than 560 students have taken advantage of one of Iowa State's 50 study and work abroad programs, an 80 percent increase over last year, according to Trevor Nelson, program coordinator in the ISU International Students and Scholars office.

"We have already exceeded our goals for the year 2,000," said Nelson. "Revising a goal that has already been met is quite a nice problem to have."

According to Nelson, there are a number of reasons for the increase, including additional scholarship funds from the state legislature and greater faculty and student interest in our programs.

Study and work abroad opportunities are offered in more than 35 countries and can last for a summer, semester or full academic year. Some of the more popular study abroad programs include England, Costa Rica, Italy and Australia.

"We live in a world where the global market place is becoming increasingly important," Nelson said. "These programs offer students a fabulous opportunity to broaden their educational experience at Iowa State while gaining valuable insight into a culture other than their own."

By the year 2,000, Iowa State hopes to have 750 students studying and working abroad annually, said Nelson.


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