Students Embracing International Education

This week the United States celebrates international education and exchange worldwide in honor of International Education Week (IEW). While this week provides an opportunity to highlight the benefits of international education, study abroad is a gateway to a global education, acceptance, and experience. The U.S. Department of State defines international education as the exchange of language, culture, ideas, and development of world leaders. 

In light of this, we’re highlighting a variety of opportunities that USAC students have during their time abroad in each of these areas.


USAC Bilbao

Language students participating in the Basque Language and Culture course.

USAC Santiago

A student converses with locals at a fish hut in Santiago, Chile.

USAC Viterbo

A student plays board games with her host family in Viterbo, Italy. Host families provide an unmatched opportunity to immerse in culture and quickly learn the local language.

USAC Chiang Mai

Students learn how to write traditional Northern Thai dialect, Lanna, during a field trip to Phrae-Nan.


USAC India

Students visit a local village including a visit to the village school to meet with students ages 5 to 14 years old. The village visit also includes playing traditional games, such as Kabbadi, with the children, interacting with school kids, and attending a micro-financial meeting with the village women.


Students participating in and celebrating Bastille Day, which is the French National Day that commemorates the first anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille.

USAC Montevideo

A student captures a cafe chef in Montevideo, Uruguay, cooking a variety of local meats. Uruguay has four times more cows than people and is known for their large exports of beef.

USAC Galway

Musicians soar in the air during the Galway International Arts Festival, Ireland’s largest annual arts festival.


USAC Reggio-Emilia

A student uses the Reggio Emilia Approach with local children. This teaching style is used during early childhood education and places value on the idea that children are capable of constructing their own learning and are driven by their interests to understand and know more.

Creating World Leaders

USAC Torino

Students visit the EU headquarters during a field trip to Brussels. The students meet with an Innovation and Development Consulting company which has a long history of experience in EU affairs, policies, and programs with specific focus on research and innovation. Students also attend a presentation about the European Parliament that covers the legislative procedure of the EU, the role of the three institutions involved and details about the European Parliament.

USAC Chiang Mai

Students are welcomed by Consul Nathan Austin at the U.S. Consulate in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Each semester the U.S. Consulate welcomes students studying abroad during orientation week.

USAC Shanghai

USAC students join Chinese students and master’s students from Spain at Shanghai University MBA Center to visit the Fortune 500 company, Sany Heavy Industry. The company ranks 5th in the world in the equipment manufacturing industry.

USAC Lüneburg

Students take a field trip and tour of the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany, the German Bundestag.

To learn how you can get involved in International Education Week, follow USAC on Facebook.

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