University Studies Abroad Consortium
The Madrid program is ideal for students who wish to study Spanish and European Studies in one of the world's great capitals. Madrid is a fascinating city and has a vibrant...
The Torino program is ideal for students who are interested in studying International Business, Art/Architecture, and Italian Studies in an exciting, cosmopolitan setting....
This program is designed for students who wish to experience all that a beautiful Spanish city on the Mediterranean has to offer, while studying the Spanish language and
The Chiang Mai program is the perfect opportunity to live and study in a lively, vibrant city in one of the most scenic areas of an already very beautiful country. The program...
Bordered just to the north by Tuscany and the south by the metropolitan area of Rome, Viterbo is a medieval city of 65,000 rich in historical, artistic and monumental legacies,...
The Prague program is ideal for students interested in studying and living in an extraordinary medieval city. Prague is an open textbook of modern and traditional literature,...
The San Sebastian program opens an academic window on the Spanish and Basque people, introducing you to the rich diversity of Spain and offering a truly multicultural experience....
Take part in the French Language and European Studies program offered by USAC in Pau, France. The program provides students with the opportunity to study French language
The Bilbao/Getxo program is ideal for students who wish to develop an international business career and/or a bilingual career. You may stay for one semester or a full year...
The Gold Coast and Brisbane program is ideal if you want to live and study near some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches and rain forest and are looking for a wide range...
Costa Rica is well known for its peaceful lifestyle, egalitarian society, stable government, excellent medical care, and extraordinary natural beauty. Known as the Switzerland...
The Shanghai program is ideal for students who are interested in studying the economic and business environment of China and East Asia. Once a sleepy fishing town, Shanghai...
Santiago’s urban and natural framework, its mountainous terrain, and its proximity to Chile’s central coastline are ideal for experiencing the nature and culture of the...
Submitted by Costa Rica Lover - Cal Poly SLO | October 08, 2016
This has been the most amazing experience of my life. Costa Rica is known for the saying "pure vida", which basically means enjoy this simple, pure, amazing life. Heredia is in a great location to take a bus ride to San Jose and travel to all of the other beautiful places in the country. It is also great to go to classes at a university (UNA). I've gotten to meet many locals and participate in campus events. My host family is so kind and makes sure I have all I need and am safe. The USAC staff here is awesome and plans fun events almost every week, including soccer games and roller skating. All of the students in the program are nice. Overall, this is an amazing program.
University Studies Abroad Consortium responded to this review October 19, 2016 at 4:03 PM
We're so glad you're enjoying your time in Heredia. Pura Vida!
A great location and well organized program
Submitted by Madison Knapp - University of Alabama | October 06, 2016
I am currently in the middle of my study abroad semester with USAC in Chiang Mai, Thailand. The best part by far of this program is the location. Chiang Mai is beautiful, and because it isn't the tourist trap of the south, the people here are amazing and it really is the land of smiles. As well, you live in the university part of town, not the tourist part of town which is really good for becoming apart of local life rather than a visitor's life. There are loads of things to do inside and just outside the city, and several hours away too, every weekend I've got something different going on. If you are worried about Thailand being too bizarre for you, don't worry. Thailand is very advanced and in comparison to the rest of SE Asia (except Singapore) is very developed, and I have yet to come across anything cultural or living standard differences that weren't easy to overcome.
The biggest downside is that you live and study with only other Americans. There are certainly opportunities to become friends with the 'Thai buddies' that are apart of the program and to make friends at clubs and such, but at the end of the day, I always find myself hanging out with others from the States, and not from Thailand, something I know I'll look back and really regret.
For me, the course offerings weren't very varied, but if you are a social studies or even business major, this program is good for you. I, and many of my classmates, were able to arrange their schedules so that we have a 4 day weekend, great for traveling!
Before the program, I spent 75 days backpacking, so I had a million questions for the program assistant, and she was always prompt and willing to help! And the organization here is good (especially for Thai culture!)
Overall, I'd definitely recommend this program!
University Studies Abroad Consortium responded to this review October 19, 2016 at 4:07 PM
We’re so happy to hear your study abroad experience is off to a great start! We always appreciate hearing how our programs can be improved. If you have any ideas on things that would enhance your program experience even more, please email me at: email@example.com.
Italy is great but USAC not so much
Submitted by Strugglingineurope - California State University Chico | October 05, 2016
I had booked the group flight with usac to make sure I would have someone that meets me at the airport. Well there was a situation in Frankfurt and about 15 USAC students were stuck there overnight unable to get ahold of USAC or understand the language. The group of us had to figure out how to book everything ourselves and we didn't hear from USAC until we had already completed it all and they only gave us information that we had provided them with. When we finally got to Italy everyone had to find their way to the group and didn't get to participate in any of the group activities the first two days but did not get reimbursed for those costs. USAC does not tell you of all the initial costs required by the government when you first get there and also doesn't help you situate a metro pass. a phone plan or how to get around the city. This program helps you with the bare minimum and does not inform you on much of the information you need. If USAC was not involved my trip was great but if USAC was it was usually confusing, frustrating and expensive.
University Studies Abroad Consortium responded to this review October 19, 2016 at 4:00 PM
Thank you for your feedback. We’re sorry your semester abroad is off to a frustrating start. We appreciate hearing how our programs can be improved. Feel free to email me with more specifics at firstname.lastname@example.org as we would definitely like to smooth out any organizational issues you experienced for our future students.
Studying English and enjoying life in Prague
Submitted by Kyeong Cheol Lee - charles university | October 03, 2016
USAC program provides me perfect environment to study English as most of the USAC students are Americans. This is a thing for me as i'm from Korea. This program also gives me the chance to live a life in wonderful Prague and there are programs including short trips, hiking, and etc that students can enjoy easily as well. However, the number of the classes that i can take is quite limited and most of the classes except for one is held in a small building which is not university.
University Studies Abroad Consortium responded to this review October 19, 2016 at 4:10 PM
We’re glad you’re enjoying life in Prague! If you have any suggestions on how we could improve our program, please feel free to reach out to me at: email@example.com.
Amazing place, with amazing people!!
Submitted by Ben - Cal Poly, SLO | September 28, 2016
If you are looking for a place that has an abundance of nature, animals, and amazing people, without sacrificing academics and nightlife/entertainment; then this is your place. Floripa is incredible and USAC offers a once in a lifetime opportunity to explore it alongside fun and engaging tours that happen often throughout your study abroad trip.
University Studies Abroad Consortium responded to this review October 19, 2016 at 4:12 PM
We’re glad you enjoyed the Ilha da Magia!