A Guide To Summer Study Abroad
Summer study abroad programs usually take place between May and August, for varying lengths of time all around the world. Nearly every program provider and university offers summer semester programs, but not all students explore this exciting opportunity to study abroad. Summer programs are short-term, but that does not mean they are short-lived, studying abroad in the summer can provide all the same benefits a fall semester abroad can, and maybe more.
Choosing where to spend your summer is kind of a big deal, right? We promise there are plenty of options more exciting than lounging on the beach all summer.
Europe. The number of summer study abroad programs in Europe is huge, especially in top destinations like Italy, England, and Spain. Students can take advantage of the summer weather (though they will be confronted with crowds of people from all over the world since summer tends to attract millions of tourists) and see everything that Europe is known for, while taking classes as some of the top universities in the world.
South America. Traveling to South America in the summer time for a study abroad program often means you’ll be combining coursework with service learning projects. Whether helping with conservation in the Galapagos Islands, working with kids in Rio de Janeiro, or contributing to community development in the remote areas of Peru, study abroad in South America will open students’ eyes to a whole new world, quite literally.
Central America. Known for a combination of adventure activities and environmental conservation efforts, studying abroad in Central America during the summer term will surely be exciting and unique. Summer study abroad programs often take students to multiple destinations, allowing them to compare and contrast cultures, economies, and much much more.
During summer study abroad programs there are usually a specific set of subjects covered, especially if working with a study abroad program provider as opposed to enrolling in a foreign university. The type of courses you will be able to take and the variety of subjects available will all depend on the location or region where you choose to study abroad and the institution that is providing your program. Whether you explore development in South Africa, Spanish language immersion in Spain, conservation in Costa Rica, or business and economics in China, summer study abroad programs will provide you with the chance to truly experience another culture and enjoy a unique educational experience.
Excursions, language lessons, event tickets, internships, and service learning opportunities are almost always included in a summer study abroad program, although not usually all in one program. The summer term is built for more than just coursework in a classroom, so students will likely be provided with the chance to participate in many other forms of learning. When selecting a summer program, be sure to check out all the extra activities that are included or available to add-on.
Summer study abroad programs require only a limited time commitment, so they are great for students with part-time jobs, familial obligations, or busy course schedules. Shorter program means a lower cost, so summer programs can be more financially affordable for students on a tight budget. Fun excursions are almost always included in summer study abroad programs, and if they aren’t, you can always travel before or after!
Studying abroad in the summer means you will earn academic credits during a shorter time period than taking a class during the regular semester, and it won’t seem like you are even taking any credits half the time. Spending the summer traveling and taking classes abroad is a great way to satisfy your itch for travel in a way that keeps Mom and Dad happy, as you will continue to work toward your educational or career goals. Summer programs often include excursions to various locations or field trips around your study abroad location, providing hands on learning experience not possible at your home university.
Taking learning outside the classroom will revitalize your passion for learning, as you experience a new culture, environment, and lifestyle, which will inevitably inspire you in your educational endeavors back at home. Studying abroad will teach you new things yourself that may just shape the direction of your degree, and furthermore you may be exposed to new ideas and fields that could turn into your future career.
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