Does this winter have you dreaming of what you’ll be doing this summer?
How about studying abroad?
We know, studying…over summer?! But before you bail, just hear us out.
Summer is a great time to study abroad if you’ve always wanted to take your education overseas but aren’t sure how to work it into your school schedule.
It’s also ideal for students who can’t afford to study abroad for an entire semester.
We offer summer sessions in more than 20 countries, but today we’re focusing on six hidden gems.
If you’ve ever considered studying abroad, now’s the time. And if you’re not sure where to go, we highly recommend one of these spots!
6 Places You Should Study Abroad This Summer
USAC’s Brazil program is located in the beautiful city of Florianópolis.
Florianópolis is the capital of southern Brazil’s Santa Catarina state and is famous for its beaches.
When you study abroad in Brazil with USAC you attend one of South America’s top five universities, located super close to the city center. You’ll be surrounded by more than 40 beaches, rainforest, lakes and quiet fishing villages.
USAC students enjoy surfing, hiking, diving, sandboarding, sailing, and whale watching. You can even earn college credit for your surf class!
In addition, we fill your summer session with some awesome field trips and tours, including Santa Catarina Island, São Paulo, and Costa da Lagoa.
This program focuses on academic areas in which Brazil is a world leader: Cultural Studies, Global Economy, and Natural Resource Management.
Chengdu is one of the most ancient, culturally fascinating, and authentic places to study abroad in China.
The summer session in Chengdu will take you to a variety of places including the Panda Research Institute, Qiang Minority Village, Qingchen Mountain, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, and the Yellow Dragon River.
Academically, this program offers a high-quality educational experience with a focus on Chinese Language and International Relations.
If you’re interested in international business then Shanghai is the place for you.
Shanghai is now the hallmark of China’s booming economy. It is the perfect place for you to learn about the business environment of East Asia and study Chinese language.
Field trips in Shanghai include Xitang water village, Hangzhou, Beijing, Suzhou and Nanjing.
The summer Shanghai program offers two 5-week sessions that can be taken individually or back-to-back to form a 10-week session.
An intensive language approach allows you to complete one semester of university foreign language coursework in five weeks, or a year in ten weeks; you may also choose courses in International Business as well as Chinese culture.
If you do not wish to study Chinese intensively, you will take a 2-credit Introduction to Chinese Language course to assimilate more effectively into your living and learning environment.
Each is unique in their own way, but all three will have you living the “pura vida” life filled with beaches, hiking, beautiful nature, lush rain forests and smoking volcanoes.
Located in the foothills above San José (the capital of Costa Rica) is Heredia, a quaint, colonial city surrounded by coffee plantations and ranches.
There is always something to do in Heredia where you’ll get the peace and rural beauty of a small city with easy access to the capital.
The Heredia program offers three diverse academic areas: Spanish Language, Ecological Studies, and Latin American Studies.
West of San José and located on a peninsula is Puntarenas; a small beach town that provides easy access to the activities of the capital.
The summer Puntarenas program offers two 5-week sessions that can be taken individually or back-to-back for a 10-week session. Courses are available in Intensive Spanish Language, Ecological Studies, and Latin American Studies; the intensive language approach allows you to complete one semester of university foreign language coursework in five weeks, or a year in 10 weeks.
Last but certainly not least, San Ramón is situation about halfway between San José and Puntarenas.
San Ramón is truly the heart of Costa Rica where you will encounter friendly people, and a peaceful, relaxed lifestyle.
The San Ramón program is designed for science majors interested in learning more about health, ecology, and conservation biology in Costa Rica.
Head to Ghana to experience a study abroad program like no other.
The USAC program is located in Accra, the capital of Ghana and an economic, political, and social center rich with history and culture.
You can visit historical memorials and remarkable museums, including the Cape Coast Slave Castle; enjoy new-to-you tropical fruit at open-air markets; learn to surf at stunning beaches; and sweat it out in the African Music and Dance course.
With opportunities to attend activities both on campus and in the city, you will find yourself deeply immersed in Ghanaian culture featuring delicious restaurants, diverse religious institutions, and culturally rich village communities.
The summer Accra program is ideal for students who wish to combine an academic perspective of Ghanaian culture with field trips, historical tours, and unique service learning opportunities.
Best known for its City of Arts and Sciences, Valencia is a Mediterranean city in all aspects.
Valencia is one of Spain’s most cultural and cutting-edge cities meaning you can sail in the early morning, attend stimulating courses at one of Spain’s most beautiful and sustainable campuses, round off your day by visiting one of the cities many museums or performing arts venues, and finally grab a casual or upscale meal at one of the cities internationally-renowned eateries.
The summer session will have you visiting a variety of places around Spain including Barcelona, La Albufera National Park, Peñíscola, Saint Joseph’s Caves and Chilches beach, and Hoces del Cabriel to name a few.
Summer courses in Valencia include Spanish Language and Culture Studies, Science, Engineering, Math and Business Electives and a Barcelona Field Study.
The deadlines to apply for summer programs are quickly approaching, with some as early as March 15, so get your applications in today!