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The Education Abroad Expo is is the largest event sponsored by the Office for Education Abroad and has been highly successful over the past two decades with an average attendance of over 3,000 students.

Tables may be reserved by current program directors, representatives from MSU colleges or departments, MSU support units, and MSU partners from abroad.  The Expo is NOT open to outside vendors or anyone not affiliated with current MSU Education Abroad programming.

The 2019 EA Expo is Thursday, October 3rd at the Breslin Center from 1 pm to 5 pm. 

The deadline to reserve space has passed. If you were not able to reserve a table by the deadline and would like to participate in the Expo, please check with your college representative(s) to see if you can display materials at their table.

WHAT EDUCATION ABROAD PROVIDES FOR EXHIBITORS

  • 6-foot table
  • Two chairs per table
  • Linens for each table
  • Access to electrical outlets (an extension cord may be needed, so please bring one)
  • Wireless network access
  • Concession voucher 
  • Welcome packet (sign-up sheets, name tags, Expo map)
  • Flyer of upcoming information meetings (contact Kyle Anderson to be included)
  • Parking validations (for off-campus exhibitors only)
  • Prize for best display
  • Event promotion (posters, website, social media, advertising, etc.)

NOTE: The Office for Education Abroad does NOT supply program flyers.  Please plan accordingly.

SCHEDULE

  • 12:00 pm: Set-up (enter at the Gilbert Pavillion/Hall of History gate)
  • 1:00 pm: Expo opens to students
  • 4:30 pm: Best Display awarded
  • 5:00 pm: Expo closes

Please contact Cheryl Benner with questions about participating.

Accommodations

For our visitors from off-campus who need overnight accommodations, the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on Harrison Avenue is the closest venue to the Breslin Center but has limited availability on the dates of our Expo.  Additional local accommodations can be found at Travel at State.

Individuals are responsible to pay their own room, tax and incidentals.

Parking and directions

The Jack Breslin Student Events Center hosts the MSU Education Abroad Expo and is located on campus at 534 Birch Road, East Lansing, MI 48824.

Parking is available for MSU faculty/staff in lot 126 (enter off Shaw Lane).

Public parking is available in lot 63 (enter off Harrison Road) and is a pay-by-plate lot.  Upon request, exhibitors will receive a special code that will validate parking.  This code must be requested via email prior to the event and will not be posted on this page. Without the code, the parking rate is $0.90 per half hour. Payment can be made at the kiosk in the parking lot or with the SPOT ON mobile payment smartphone app.  

Please pay close attention to the signs in the lot.  If you park in the wrong lot, you may be ticketed by the MSU Police.  The Office for Education Abroad is not responsible for any parking tickets incurred by exhibitors or students.

Additional parking information and directions to the Breslin can be found on the Breslin Center website.

Check-in

Program directors and other exhibitors may arrive at the Breslin Center beginning at 12:00 pm and should enter through the Gilbert Pavillon/Hall of History Gate. Office for Education Abroad staff will be available to direct you to your assigned table.

The Expo takes place this year from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

All display materials are the responsibility of the exhibitor and must be taken with you at the end of the expo. The Office for Education Abroad will recycle or throw away items left behind.

Exhibitors who do not show up, or leave early, may have their participation revoked at next year's expo.

Table displays

The Office for Education Abroad encourages you to create the best display at this year’s Expo! 

Here are some ideas for creating an original and effective display:

  • Display PHOTOS from your program
  • Show VIDEOS taken on site
  • Exhibit interesting ARTIFACTS
  • Distribute INFO SHEETS about your program
  • Have MEDIA items such as newspapers, magazines or postcards from abroad
  • Offer FOOD items relevant to the region where your program takes place
  • Create a POWERPOINT presentations displayed on a laptop
  • Select MUSIC to play from your program’s region
  • Display or wear costumes or CLOTHING from the host culture
  • Drape FLAGS from your destination abroad over your table
  • Furnish actual ITINERARIES from last year’s program
  • Staff your table with PAST PARTICIPANTS or EXCHANGE STUDENTS

Not only will your creative efforts attract more students to your table, you’ll also be eligible to win a special gift basket filled with a wonderful assortment of gourmet delights from around the world! MSU students, staff members, and/or outside associates (determined by EA) will walk through the expo and judge your display based on how informative, creative, and inviting it is for students. Winners will be announced at 4:30 pm and will be presented with their prize at that time.

Please note that items are not allowed to be taped to the walls of the Breslin Center.

Snacks

Concession vouchers will be distributed upon check-in to program directors, staff and exhibitors ONLY. Vouchers can be redeemed for snacks and/or beverages from the Breslin Grill concession stand.

(Boxed lunches are no longer provided.)

Shipping materials

Exhibitors wishing to send materials for their table ahead of the Expo, please use the following address:

Office for Education Abroad

c/o Cheryl Benner

International Center

Michigan State University

427 N. Shaw Lane, Room 108

East Lansing MI 48824

USA

Materials must arrive not later than September 26, 2019.

Promotional resources

Below are ways you can help us promote the 2019 Education Abroad Expo in your classrooms, email messages, websites, and social media posts.

Expo Flyer (PDF)

Expo Flyer (JPG)

Expo Video

Expo webpage (http://bit.ly/EAexpo)

FB Event page

Facebook or Instagram graphic

Twitter graphic

Hashtags: #EAexpo, #SpartansAbroad

Sample social posts:

Go around the world in one afternoon The Education Abroad Expo is Thursday Oct 3 from 1-5pm in the Breslin Center. Explore program options from MSU colleges in over 60 countries and all 7 continents. http://bit.ly/EAexpo #EAexpo #spartansabroad #educationabroad

Take your education abroad worldwide! Come to the Education Abroad Expo this Thursday Oct 3 from 1-5pm in the Breslin Center. Talk with faculty, staff, and students about programs to earn credits for your major, minor, or electives. http://bit.ly/EAexpo #EAexpo #spartansabroad

275 programs. 60+ countries. All 7 continents. All in one location. Come check out the Education Abroad Expo this Thursday Oct 3 1-5PM in the Breslin Center and discover a world of possibilities  http://bit.ly/EAexpo #EAexpo #spartansabroad #educationabroad

Today is the day! Learn about internships, research, service-learning, and study abroad programs at the Education Abroad Expo. Stop by the Breslin Center from 1-5PM to discover how you can take your education abroad http://bit.ly/EAexpo #EAexpo #spartansabroad #educationabroad

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