Students considering attending university abroad encouraged to attend international college fair

Metro Detroit is one of three communities across the nation that will be hosting a college fair from the International College Options organization. The college fair is for students interested in not only studying abroad, but attending an international university for a full degree.

The International College Options College Fair will be held at Farmington High School on Monday, Nov. 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. While pre-registration is encouraged and available online, walk-ups are also welcome.

Area high school students, as well as community college transfer students, are invited to attend.

The ICO College Fair will gather representatives from 33 universities from around the world to Farmington High School. Students and families will have the opportunity for face-to-face conversations to learn what it’s like to attend university abroad.

"Studying internationally helps make students stand out in the workforce. It shows a real confidence level, sense of ability, and an adventuresome spirit," says Gretchen Parks, Director of College Counselling at the Academy of the Sacred Heart and co-chair of the event.

"Students that do this tend to know themselves pretty well and it tells employers that this is someone that is going to be a difference-maker."

Just some of the schools participating include John Cabot University Rome, Italy; University of Edinburgh, Scotland; and Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne, Switzerland.

ICO College Fairs are held every November to coincide with International Education Week. Three host cities are selected each year. Chicago and Denver join Detroit in this year’s programming.

Detroit last held an ICO College Fair in 2016.

"We’re really excited to be a part of it," Parks says. "We’re thrilled that Detroit was selected as one of the three host cities."

Farmington High School is located at 32000 Shiawassee St. in Farmington.

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MJ Galbraith is a writer and musician living in Detroit. Follow him on Twitter @mikegalbraith.
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