When studying abroad you’ll find yourself with endless opportunities of things to do, sights to see and places to travel. While exciting, the choices can also be overwhelming.
We recommend taking full advantage of your time abroad, we also advise that you don’t constrain yourself by a must complete bucket list.
In order to provide students with a well-rounded and valuable experience, USAC organizes a variety of fun trips and activities so that you can immerse yourself in the culture and spend time enjoying your time abroad.
From connecting with locals, to working on language skills, to volunteering and internship opportunities, you’ll never be at a loss of ways to fully emerge yourself in your new home.
Here are five things to take advantage of while studying abroad.
1. Short Day Trips and Sightseeing Tours
No matter which program you choose to go on, USAC offers plenty of field trip opportunities. Students typically spend the whole day sightseeing, visiting museums, hidden coffee shops, touring factories, or anything that really stands out about the country they are in. No matter where you choose to go, from Bangalore to Bristol, we want you to have a good time, so be sure to take advantage of these fun group activities!
2. Volunteering and Internships
Gaining valuable job experience and/or volunteering to help in the community is a request we receive often from students. USAC offers student internship placement in a variety of fields–whatever it is, we can help you find it. There are also several opportunities to volunteer while you’re abroad. Placements in local schools and orphanages are just a couple from your long list of options.
3. Optional Overnight Tours
USAC offers a variety of overnight tours which provide students with a chance to see popular places like Venice or Paris. USAC is known for providing programs in non-traditional locations that contain minimal tourists and more culture, and a majority of alumni from our programs say they were extremely glad they went on the optional tours that are offered. Many students love living in the unique areas of the country, but still want to see the big cities. USAC offers trips of varying lengths to these “must-sees” so no one feels like they didn’t get to check off their bucket list items. It’s also a great way to bond with the people on your program while traveling and experiencing something new.
4. Language Partners
When you go abroad, sign up to be paired with a language partner. Not only is it great language practice to speak with a local, but they can be an excellent resource for finding fun places to go around town. While they’ll help you perfect your language skills you’ll also help them with their English. Don’t be surprised if your language partner becomes a lifelong friend that you can visit every time you return to your study abroad city!
5. Cultural Classes
If you’re looking for something you won’t find at your home university, check out one of the cultural classes that are offered. From cuisine to dancing, or yoga or surfing classes–they are a great way to get hands-on experience learning about the culture while still earning credit for it! Plus, if you take a cuisine course, you’ll never go hungry. Surfing in Brazil, anyone? How about cooking in Italy?
Have you participated in any of these activities? Are you currently signed up for one but have yet to go?
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