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17 August 2018

#GilmanScholarship Applications for Spring 2019 and Summer 2019 Now Open! #FundingFriday


The U.S. Department of State's Gilman International Scholarship Program is pleased to announce that the application for students studying or interning abroad during the spring 2019 and summer 2019 terms is now available online.

Student application deadline:
October 2, 2018 by 11:59PM (CDT)

Spring applicants will be notified of their status November 2018, and summer applicants will be notified of their status late February 2019.

For more information about the Gilman Scholarship, webinar schedules, and other helpful resources, please visit the Gilman Scholarship website.

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About the Gilman International Scholarship Program: The U.S. Department of State’s Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program that enables students of limited financial means to study or intern abroad, thereby gaining skills critical to our national security and economic prosperity. The Institute of International Education has administered the program since its inception in 2001.

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Interested in applying for the Gilman Scholarship? Make plans to meet with your study abroad advisor! Contact us at studyabr@uark.edu or 479-575-7582.

#HogsAbroad Frequent Flyer

Our office at 520 Storer Avenue is open Monday-Friday
8:00 AM-5:00 PM!
Welcome Students! 
The Frequent Flyer is our study abroad newsletter detailing deadlines, events, and information pertaining to studying abroad (click here to subscribe). Fall is the perfect time to start thinking about future study abroad plans and getting started is just one click away

Save the Date for our STUDY ABROAD FAIR! 
Study Abroad Fair, Tuesday, September 18, 2018
Arkansas Union International Connections Lounge,
10:00 AM– 2:00 PM 

Wishing you had studied abroad this summer? Don’t miss another opportunity; get started at the Study Abroad Fair this September! Come meet with faculty, past participants, and program representatives. Get information on the U of A Rome Center, U of A faculty-led programs, U of A exchange programs, and other approved program provider options! You can also get funding and scholarship information. Study abroad programs are available for all majors, so stop by to learn how to turn your scholastic dreams into a reality!

HogsAbroad 101 Drop-In Advising
EVERY WEEKDAY, 3:00 PM—5:00 PM
Study Abroad House 
Want to study abroad but don’t know where to start? Stop by our office during Drop-In Advising hours to learn the basics—program types, locations, housing options, scholarships, etc. Peer mentors are available to help you review your options for study abroad and start searching for a program. 

Upcoming Events 
Info Table @ Walton College Block Party, August 22
Shollmier Plaza, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Come chat with office staff about our programs, and see how you can make study abroad a reality!

Info Table @ Hillfest, August 20
Central Quad, outside the Union
11:00 AM-2:00 PM
Come chat with office staff about our programs at Hillfest!

Fulbright Scholarship Information Meeting
August 23, ASCR: Tour Room-Hunt 223
4:00 PM-5:00 PM
2019-2020 awards for study, research, or teaching English abroad; applicants must be U.S. citizens and graduating seniors or graduate level. For more information: http://us.fulbrightonline.org/

Application Information 
Spring 2019 Exchange Application
Deadline: October 1
The U of A sends our students, from every college, to different host universities around the world in exchange for international students from these host universities coming to the U of A, typically for a semester or academic year. For more information, visit http://studyabroad.uark.edu/programs/exchange.php
January Intersession 2019
Faculty-led Application Deadline: October 1
For more information, visit the program websites.

India | Experiential Learning in Indian Agriculture
New Zealand | Human & Animal Interaction
Vietnam | Global Community Development
Belize | Global Community Development
Sicily | Honors Passport-A Mediterranean Mosaic

U of A Rome Center Spring 2019
Application Deadline: October 1
For more information, visit the program websites.

Rome Center | Global Studies Program
Rome Center | Architecture Program 

Scholarship Information
It’s never too early to start scouting scholarships!If you are interested in studying abroad during the upcoming year, check out the scholarships on our website so you will have a heads up on the application deadlines! There are a plethora of scholarships that are available; have a look at the ones we know of here: http://studyabroad.uark.edu/funding. There are also many more, so be sure to do your research!
Office of Study Abroad Scholarship
January Intersession 2019 & Spring 2019
Application Deadline: October 1
Follow this link to the scholarship application.

Gilman Scholarship
Spring 2019 & Early Summer 2019
Application Deadline: October 3
The Gilman Scholarship is for students who are either currently receiving a Pell Grant or are Pell Grant eligible. Here’s the link to the Gilman Scholarship application.

University of Arkansas Study Abroad Scholarships
Now available on the HogsAbroad Portal
Various U of A study abroad scholarships now have applications on the HogsAbroad Portal, so you can manage more of your scholarship applications in one place.

Be sure to carefully review deadlines and eligibility criteria for each scholarship at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/funding. If you have any questions about one of these scholarships, refer to the contact information listed on the brochure.

Get Connected! #HogsAbroadStay in the loop with U of A students while they are abroad! Students who are studying abroad will be posting throughout the summer, so be sure to check-in and see what’s going on. Follow our blogs.

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We look forward to helping you go abroad!

Info Meeting for 2019-2020 U.S. Student Fulbright Grants #FulbrightScholarship #FundingFriday

ATTN: Graduating seniors & graduate students. Interested in study, research or teaching English abroad? Attend this info session to learn how you can apply for a Fulbright Program research award to support your overseas study.

The 2019-2020 Fulbright U.S. Student competition is now open at https://us.fulbrightonline.org/applicants/getting-started

Make plans to attend this meeting to talk through Fulbright grant opportunities for students and the campus application process:

Thursday, August 23, 4:00-5:30pm, Silas Hunt Hall 223

The campus application deadline is Monday, September 10, 2018.

16 August 2018

James Cook University #HogsAbroad in Australia

Hello, this is Savannah and this post will run through some highlights from our wonderful day at James Cook University (JCU)!


We spent the morning traveling from Brisbane to Townsville. As soon as we arrived, we made our way to the JCU campus and were greeted by five, 20 minute lectures on a variety of topics. A presentation that I found especially intriguing was Karina Jones’ research on benign tumor growth in green sea turtles. Despite being benign, these growths can greatly inhibit the lives of these animals. This PhD student is working to find out what causes these tumors and what sort of threat they pose to our sea turtle populations.

As an avid birder, Dr. Ingrid Danylyk’s lecture on avian veterinary medicine peaked my interest as well. She receives patients both from the wild and from pet owners. She emphasized how birds are given the same level of treatment as a cat or dog. Being in Australia, she also has the opportunity to work with a wide variety of species, including parrots, cockatoos, curlews, and kookaburras.

After the lecture session, we were given a tour of the campus facilities. We got a look at their sea turtle facility, where they are currently caring for 35 baby sea turtles. They obtained these turtles just after they left the nest because, unfortunately, they emerged at the wrong time. Instead of coming out under the cover of night, they did so in the afternoon while the beach was ripe with predators. These turtles are kept for research, and require many volunteers to keep them happy and healthy. As cute as these little guys were, because they were research animals, we couldn’t take any photos.

The rest of our tour brought many more animals and state-of-the-art facilities (which you can read more about in the day 3 post of my peer, Madison). Even the wildlife that hangs out around campus was unbelievable, including goanas, snakes, wallabies, and an abundance of birds.

Our adventure isn’t even close to over, so keep checking in for more updates!


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Read more from the 2018 Trekking Australia students at https://uarkaustralia2018.wordpress.com/

Find out more about the U of A Faculty-Led: Trekking Australia: Animals, Aborigines, Rainforests and Reefs program.

Get started today! Search for your study abroad opportunity at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/

15 August 2018

Living in a Water Crisis #HogsAbroad in South Africa

happy monday!

well, i have been in cape town for two weeks now and i’m honestly dreading the day i have to leave in four weeks. but, here is to another month of classes, papers, and fun adventures!

the city is beautiful, each district filled with different cultures, architecture, and history. while cape town itself is filled with a dark history, it has been a journey learning more about it; i believe this aspect has added an important layer of depth and complexity that has only benefited my time here. but that’s a story for another day.

onto the subject! the water crisis!

for those who do not know, Cape Town is in the middle of an extreme drought; it is the first city in the world to come close to fully running out of water. originally, when i knew i would be spending my summer here, “Day Zero” (the day the city was bound for completely being without water) was set for September 2018. Due to rationing and the current rainy season, “Day Zero” has been set for late 2019, or maybe even into 2020. bless the rains.

because of the need to conserve water, each person living in Cape Town has been rationed to use around fifty liters of water per day. to put this in perspective, the average American shower is eight minutes long and uses sixty-five liters of water. so, obviously, coming from a country that is not in a water crisis, there are a lot more habits to put in place. in our dorm, we are not monitored by how much water we use, but it’s kind of an understood rule: do not use all the water.

to be honest, i feel a definite awareness of being a foreigner using the resources of a country in crisis. i do not necessarily feel guilt per se, but this feeling of: “it is a privilege to study here and you must respect their circumstances. you are not entitled to the fullness of resources.” i mean, yes, i need to shower and drink water, but there is a certain level of respect i much have as a guest in this city.

day – to – day, i am conscious of my water usage. a lot of conservation is in the little things that you do not really think about. for example: not leaving the water running while brushing your teeth, washing your face, or washing dishes. a simple trick is also using hand sanitizer instead of soap and water to wash your hands. other things we are asked to do are only doing laundry once a week and when we do, to either have a big load or pair up with other people… and obviously, take short showers. and i am not talking five minutes short… i am talking like, two minutes. maximum. i am slowly but surely getting the hang of this one.

even in the shower, there is still conservation. in the dorms, we put buckets on the floor of the shower. while waiting for the shower water to heat up, the excess water that falls in the bucket goes into the kitchen sink for washing dishes. but while you are actually taking a shower, you must switch out buckets for the “gray water” bucket. this “gray water” bucket becomes filled with excess shampoo, body wash, and water. we use the gray water to manually flush the toilet as one automatic toilet flush uses anywhere from six to thirteen liters alone. yes, i know this is kind of gross to talk about, but we gotta do what we gotta do. again, as this country’s guest, there is extra responsibility to respect the city’s circumstances.

adjusting to the water crisis has been a little easier than i originally perceived it would be. a lot of times, the line between need and want is quite clear when you learn what you are actually capable of living on.

while the “Day Zero” situation is becoming more hopeful, it is far from being finished. while riding in an Uber the other day, i heard a water report over the radio. the radio host’s concluding words perfectly summed everything up: “yes, we are having rain. things are getting better. but we must keep going. the crisis is far from over.”

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International Studies major Layne Coleman spent the Summer 2018 term in South Africa.

Read more from Layne at https://lifeoflaynecoleman.wordpress.com/

Don't miss your opportunity to study or intern abroad! Start your search at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/

The Journey #HogsAbroad in Belize

Time in Dangriga is like nothing I have ever experienced before. The days are slow, but fast. Weeks feel like years but also hours. The sun begins to rise before five a.m. and it is dark by six p.m. I am definitely a morning person but at home I am able to sleep until 10 if desired. However, here, sleeping in would be waking up at seven a.m. My body wakes me up around 6:15 every morning. I enjoy it though because I like to go on runs in the morning. It is the coolest part of the day and I like getting my workouts done in the morning so I can relax the rest of the day. I feel more motivated in the mornings as well.

It is truly so so beautiful here. I love being able to see the mountains, ocean, and a river standing in the same spot. The trees, flowers, birds and waves are stunning, intricate, and breath taking.

In America, I go 90 to nothing 24/7. I like it that way honestly. I love being busy and getting things done. I work 25-30 hours a week as a Supervisor at Chick-Fil-A, I tutor four hours a week, I am a full time student in the honors college, I am involved in Zeta-Tau-Alpha, Stumo and C3, I love to work out and spend time with Jesus daily, and I strive to hangout with friends, family and get eight hours of sleep every night. Needless to say, my life is full of lists and thinking about what I am doing next. I am a planner and I love it. I love feeling accomplished.

This past semester was the hardest one yet. I was stretched thin in way too many areas. I was emotionally unstable. I tried taking on too many things. On top of the list above, I was taking a four hour a week scuba diving class, spending hours with my new niece, I began disciplining a few girls, training for a half-marathon and I was dealing with several personal problems/conflicts. I was a mess. Some how, I made it out of the semester with very few casualties and managed to keep my GPA above what I needed to stay in honors. (I was worried for a while there).

After finals week, I could not wait to get to Belize. I knew life would not be as hectic in Dangriga. I was prepared to work eight hours a day and was stoked at the idea of having my mornings and evenings open to do whatever I wished. No agenda. I was giddy with excitement to unplug from the world and slow down for the first time in forever.

And that is just what I did. I deleted Instagram and all other forms of social media off of my phone, I did not communicate much with my friends and family in the States, I left my phone in our room the majority of the time, I did not wear a lick of make up, I stopped caring what I looked like, I began to enjoy the beauty of the new world around me, I leaned into Jesus, I ran, and I read. A lot. It was wonderful.

At that time we were living in the Chaleanor. I loved that place. It had air conditioning, an unlimited supply of bananas (they are super cheap here, you can get sixteen for one US dollar), and beautiful views.
The mountains
The ocean
I love love love the nature here. It gives me peace and soothes my soul. I felt on top of the world. The first two weeks were glorious.

June 15th, we moved into the Peacework house. I was excited for this honestly. We spent sooo much money on food in the prior two weeks because we did not have a kitchen. The only downside was the lack of air conditioning. As the weeks progressed, I began to miss air conditioning more and more. The desire to stop sweating would come in waves. We were constantly glistening to say it nicely. After awhile, I stopped noticing that I did not have air conditioning.

We all “broke” in different times and at different levels. We all understood the feelings of each other and would end up laughing and enjoying our company after every “breakdown”.

I can only recall two. I am generally a very positive, always looking on the bright side and seeing the good in everyone kind of person. There was one night about a month in to living in the Peacework house in which I could not stop sweating and I was covered in bug bites of different kinds. I went into a scratching frenzy and lost my mind for a good ten minutes. I came back to reality and calmed myself down shortly after and went to bed. This happened again around week seven. Kelsi counted one-hundred bug bites between my two legs. I felt a little helpless but after drenching my legs in coconut oil, calamine lotion, Hydro-cortisone cream, and a blend of peppermint and lavender essential oils, I went to bed.

Being my first out of the country for a long period of time trip, I expected to have some culture shock. It came around week four. With the encouragement of the team and rationalizing my thoughts, it only lasted a few days.

After week five, I began to get antsy. I started craving my busy schedule, the lists, the feelings of accomplishment, never sitting down, and working hard. I had been relaxing for a month. I’d read seven books (and ten+ books of the bible) since I landed in Belize. I craved my busy schedule. Thinking about three more weeks of the slow paced life in Belize drove me crazy.

One afternoon, I realized something big. The last month I spent in America, all I wanted was to get away. Away from the busyness, the schedule, the lists, the obligations, etc. I realized in that moment that the very things I had wished away I was now craving. Then it hit me. Happiness is a mindset, not your circumstances. Contentment is a mindset, not something that comes once you get whatever you are wishing in that moment. “I’ll be happy when finals are over” “I’ll be happy when I don’t have to work anymore” “I’ll be happy when I get away” “I’ll be happy when I turn my phone off” The list can go on and on and on. I remember thinking this way since High School. Constantly wishing away the present for hope that the future will be better. The only thing is that the future becomes the present and you just continue to wish it away for a new future but you never get there. You are just constantly wishing for something that will truly never come. Once you get whatever you are wanting, you don’t want it anymore. You begin wishing for the next thing. It was in this moment that I realized happiness and contentment were mindsets, not circumstances. You choose to be happy in that moment. The present. The future is uncertain. No one can promise you tomorrow. I realized the life I was living for so many years would be a wasted life. Never enjoying the moments I was in, always wishing for the next thing, the next season of life, the next way I would make my life “better”. It was a never ending cycle.

This was the best realization I could have ever made. Nothing I do will make me truly happy. Happiness, joy of life, and contentment only come from within. From the heart. I have to choose joy in every moment of my life, in the moment, for the rest of my life. I have to decide to live in the present and make the most of every moment I am in. I have to stop wishing away the present for the fleeting hope that the future will be better and somehow bring me greater joy.

This was the most beautiful and terrifying realization. Beautiful because it pointed me back to Jesus. He gives me the happiness and love from within. He is the source. He fills the chasm in my soul that nothing else can fill. He makes true happiness possible. He is the source. All eyes on Him. Terrifying for the same reason. I have to let go of my future, my controlling of my life, my plans, my hopes, my fears. I have to hold everything in my life with an open fist, give him control and power and dominion in every section of my life.

I also have to break a routine I have been staying true to for the past five years. I know it will be a process. A daily decision to choose joy and contentment in the moment, the present. I cannot tell you how excited I am to make this transition in my life.

Back to Belize, I really enjoyed my project.

In summary, I had an internship with the Ministry of Agriculture. Lydia and I went around Belize meeting with different cooperatives. We listened, gave business suggestions, wrote project proposals, and business plans. We got to see a lot of Belize and learned a lot about business in another country. It was an incredible experience. We got to see another side of life overseas and I loved it. It was so rewarding to meet with these co-ops, see their need, and help in a way that they cannot help themselves. I also created and ran the Dangriga Instagram. https://www.instagram.com/dangriga_belize/ Y’all can check it out! It was a lot of fun. I learned that hashtags are key. I also have a passion for editing pictures so that was a nice bonus. Work that does not feel like work is the kind of work I want to do.

Overall, I adored my time in Belize. I relaxed, learned, read, worked out, explored, discovered (Belize and more about myself), grew as a person, faced my fears, and accomplished new goals. I would recommend spending a summer in another country to anyone and everyone.

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Marketing major Dotty Fries spent the Summer 2018 term in Belize.

Read more from Dotty at https://dottyindangriga.wordpress.com/

Don't miss your opportunity to study or intern abroad! Start your search at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/

14 August 2018

Destination of the Month: China

Interested in study abroad, but don't know where to start? There are many ways to do it and so many places where you might go. Each month we'll feature a new destination, and this month’s highlighted country is China!

As the third largest country in the world, China offers University of Arkansas students opportunities for a diverse study abroad experience. China has emerged as a global leader, making it a hub for business and technological advancements. With a rich history that dates back over 3,000 years, China also provides students with a unique cultural experience. As programs offer courses in both English and Chinese, there is no need to let a language barrier hold you back!

Study abroad in China to experience a blend of modern technology and ancient history!
PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS

U of A Faculty-Led Programs
U of A Exchange Programs
Selected External Programs
There are many external program options in China, but here are a few highlighted options.

SCHOLARSHIPS

There are many resources and scholarships available for study abroad. Most scholarships and financial aid that students currently receive may be used to study abroad. There are also many scholarship opportunities specifically for study abroad available through the University of Arkansas and outside organizations. For more information visit studyabroad.uark.edu/funding. And, be sure to explore these scholarship programs:
3 EASY STEPS TO STUDY ABROAD
So, what's next?
  1. Drop by Monday-Friday between 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. to learn about program options and funding opportunities.
  2. Meet with your Academic Advisor to discuss your academic plan. 
  3. Schedule an appointment with your Study Abroad Advisor. 
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Check out these 6 Reasons to Study Abroad in China.

For additional information visit studyabroad.uark.edu or contact us at studyabr@uark.edu, or 479-575-7582.

13 August 2018

University of Queensland #HogsAbroad in Australia


G’day, this is Justin. It is day two in Brisbane, and we made our way to the University of Queensland’s Gatton Campus to visit their fantastic research facilities. Upon arrival we were able to visit with Dr. Mick Hudson about UQ and some of the research that is being done in Australian agriculture. It was also interesting to discover that Mick has already visited Fayetteville while working with our very own Poultry Science professor Dr. Bottje.


Then we met Steve at the Queensland Animal Science Precinct (QUASP) to look at some of the facilities were they perform research in a variety of areas including drought resistance in cattle and poultry, feed efficiency in cattle, and tick resistance in cattle. It is interesting to note that because of the efforts of farmers in conjunction with the Australian government there are some cattle herds that are completely tick free.

Lastly we stopped at the dairy to look at the calf shed before we concluded our visit with an excellent lunch at the campus dining hall.

It was an incredible opportunity to visit the University of Queensland’s beautiful campus. Thank you for following our journey, and stay tuned for more adventures!

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Read more from the 2018 Trekking Australia students at https://uarkaustralia2018.wordpress.com/

Find out more about the U of A Faculty-Led: Trekking Australia: Animals, Aborigines, Rainforests and Reefs program.

Get started today! Search for your study abroad opportunity at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/

First Impressions of Rome #HogsAbroad in Italy



Hello, America! These first few days in Rome have been exhausting + amazing - it's strange knowing I'll be living here for the next month when I still feel like such a tourist. Backing up a bit; I arrived in Italy on Tuesday morning with intense jet lag (my longest flight yet) and even feeling a little feverish. Walking around in the heat (though it's not quite as hot as Fayetteville) made me feel pretty disgusting, but it's now day four and I'm on the road to recovery.

TUESDAY
Tuesday was mostly spent sleeping. We moved into our apartment (six girls living in a three bedroom space with a kitchen and two bathrooms - we snagged the room with the balcony) + ate dinner with the rest of the Rome Center. This is our tiny, messy, not quite unpacked room on the first day!

WEDNESDAY
This Wednesday was our orientation day - the first half of the day was spent going over rules and regulations at Piazza Taverna. I was in a hurry to buy an Italian SIM card during lunch and didn't end up eating (oops) - but if you're ever abroad I highly recommend getting a new SIM, especially if you have an unlocked phone through ATT! After lunch we split into two groups and explored Campo Marzio, where we stumbled into the Pantheon. Literally - it's so wild to me that I can just be walking through the city and I'll come across one of my images from art history (the same thing happened with the Column of Trajan on Thursday)!

THURSDAY
Thursday was the first day of classes for some, but mine were scheduled for Friday so Emma (roomie) and I went to Zara and the art store here (Ditta G. Poggi). I picked up this super cute linen dress, a pair of denim shorts, + some of my favorite gel pens.

FRIDAY
Today was what really felt like my first day here; we started classes (I'm so in love with the program I'm enrolled in here - hopefully I'll be able to document + post some of my work here as well) and my jet lag finally subsided. I feel well rested, happy and (finally) got to take some pictures around the city!

I think that's about it for the week! Tomorrow the girls in the apartment and I are traveling to Cinque Terre for the weekend; many more pictures and thoughts to come. Ciao for now!
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Graphic Design major Annie Lefforge spent the summer 2018 term at our U of A Rome Center.

Read more from Annie at http://blog.annielefforge.com/

Don't miss your opportunity to study or intern abroad! Start your search at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/

11 August 2018

Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary #HogsAbroad in Australia


Hi! This is Olga, a rising senior in biomedical engineering!

Today our group visited the Lone Pine Sanctuary near Brisbane. While the main event was getting to hold koalas *gasp*, we also got to see so many other animals native to Australia! We saw the very obviously in love with attention cockatoo (who also shocked us by saying “hello”), the active platypus that loves the night time, the sleepy wombats, and of course the not so devilish looking Tasmanian devils! We also all got to feed the kangaroos and wallabies, who loved hopping away just as you reached out with the food! And of course, last but not least, we were given the amazing opportunity to pretend to be trees and HOLD THE KOALAS! I loved how the koala I held smelled of eucalyptus and had super soft fur! Truly an amazing experience in this sanctuary, followed by a bus tour and onto our accommodation!

Stay tuned for more adventure stories!


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Read more from the 2018 Trekking Australia students at https://uarkaustralia2018.wordpress.com/

Find out more about the U of A Faculty-Led: Trekking Australia: Animals, Aborigines, Rainforests and Reefs program.

Get started today! Search for your study abroad opportunity at http://studyabroad.uark.edu/search/