Karl Vogl

(Rock Hill, S.C.) — Hundreds of Winthrop University students crowded into the Richardson Ballroom at the DiGiorgio Campus Center last month to learn more about studying internationally, during the International Center’s study abroad fair.

“We had a lot of students leaving very happy. Our students were actually really interested, I was very pleased. We had over 600, at least, attend and those are only the ones we accounted for,” said Taylor Evans, Winthrop’s study abroad advisor.

Evans, who studied abroad in England as a student, said more students are showing interest in the program after it was disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Currently we have 17 programs, in 15 different countries. We are hoping to get that number back up, because we lost a few during COVID,” Evans said.

Many students are concerned about the cost of studying abroad, she said, but it’s often more affordable than people realize.

“If you pick one of those (partner programs), then you are guaranteed to pay Winthrop tuition. No matter what, that is what is billed to your wingspan,” Evans said.

Audrey Burriss, a senior social work major, said she’s grateful for the resources available from the International Center.

“I went to Rome, Italy through the Global Close Scholars Program and I interned at a museum called Mostra di Leonardo, which is a museum about Leonardo Da Vinci,” said Burriss.

“I happened to mention to the Close Scholars Program that I wanted to study abroad and they said you find the program and we can help you get there.”