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UNIBusiness students can gain international edge while staying on budget and on schedule to graduate

August 31, 2010

Chris Schrage, UNI instructor in marketing and CBA international programs coordinator, 319-273-2126,

Rebecca Schultze, UNI Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- A new program in the University of Northern Iowa College of Business Administration will allow UNI business students to spend a semester studying abroad at cost or lower than the cost to attend UNI. Through the Cost Neutral Semester Abroad Program, the students also can stay on schedule toward graduation instead of having to pay for an extra semester to fulfill requirements not available during their overseas studies.

"Students with overseas experience have world understanding and gain cultural experiences that give them a professional edge," said Leslie Wilson, associate dean for the College of Business Administration. "We are working to remove cost and language as barriers to a semester abroad."

Through the program, UNI students enrolled in the College of Business Administration can study in English at a number of institutions, including Dalian Nationalities University in China, ESC-Rennes in France, Faith University in Turkey, National Chengchi University in Taiwan, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in South Africa, and University of Economics Katowice in Poland. Other schools qualify for Cost Neutral Semester Abroad Program financial support, however there may be additional language requirements.

"Studying abroad expands students' knowledge and enhances their professional skills," said Chris Schrage, UNI instructor of marketing and international programs coordinator for the College of Business Administration. "We work to pre-approve the partners' curriculums to keep the students on track to graduate, and we're working to add more courses and universities to the program in the coming year."

Two new International Professional Development scholarships of $7,500 and $5,000 are available for spring semester study abroad programs, in addition to the cost-neutral program funding.

Students who wish to participate during the spring 2011 semester, must apply by Oct. 1. For more information, contact Schrage at 319-273-2126 or