Sunday, April 19, 2009

Economy Leads Students to New Destinations

The down economy isn’t leading to fewer students going abroad from many schools in Pennsylvania, but it may be making them more likely to consider nontraditional locations.

The Pitt News at the University of Pittsburgh checked with study-abroad offices at its school, along with Penn State, Leslie University and LaRoche College, and found that overall numbers of students going abroad are holding steady from a year ago.

But students and families are more cost-conscious than ever, and that means European and Australian destinations are losing favor to locations in Africa and Latin America.

Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, the director of the study-abroad program at Penn State, said students are asking plenty of questions about costs and are waiting until just before deadline to submit applications and deposits.

“From the beginning of the year, we’ve seen a lot of caution with students,” she said.

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