University Studies Abroad Consortium
USAC/UNR MS 323 Reno, NV, 89557 United States
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
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 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 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 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....
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...
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,...
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...
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...
Costa Rica is well known for its peaceful lifestyle, egalitarian society, stable government, excellent medical care, and extraordinary natural beauty. Known as the “Switzerland...
Spent a year in Florianópolis through USAC, and would do it again in a heartbeat!
Submitted by Cecilio Moreno - Florida State University | July 06, 2016
I wholeheartedly recommend this program to anyone looking to study abroad in an awesome island full of beautiful hikes, friendly people, and amazing beaches. I had the best time of my life during the year I spent in Brazil and am so grateful for the opportunity.
The program itself, through the hard work of a great staff, does a lot to immerse the students in the culture. I was able to take courses in Brazilian Anthropology and Culture, Capoeira, Surf, and Portuguese language that gave me great insight into diverse aspects of Brazilian culture. The program also coordinated an optional trip to Curitiba and Foz do Iguaçu and several day trips and hikes around the island that served to show foreign students the beauty of Brazil while providing a chance for interacting with Brazilians to practice the language. And on that note, the housing arrangements were also a great way to interact with locals if you feel comfortable doing so. I found myself renting a room out from an incredibly friendly young couple, who always made me feel at home and provided me with a constant opportunity to practice Portuguese.
Outside of the program itself, Florianópolis is also a wonderful place to be. The countless hikes provided many opportunities for exploring with friends. The community at the host University (UFSC) is also full of interesting and friendly people interested in helping out foreign students. My #1 recommendation, however, would be to be proactive in seeking out and maintaining meaningful relationships with Brazilians. As students we often get comfortable in our routines and hanging out with the same people (particularly in a country where you don't dominate the language), but I would strongly encourage getting out there and interacting with as many people as possible since your time is limited.
I cannot stress enough how much I appreciate the amazing experience I had living and studying in Floripa for a year. I never expected to fall in love with the island as much as I did, and can't wait to return to visit the many friends I made there.
"It's hard not to love Brazil, right?"
Submitted by Jenna DeLaurentis - Youngstown State University | June 23, 2016
“It’s hard not to love Brazil, right?” This is what my host mom asked me my last day in Brazil, after spending four months in the amazing, beautiful city of Florianópolis. And she was right. How can’t you love a place as incredible as Brazil?
From starting my four months on the optional tour of Minas Gerais state, to experiencing Brazilian Carnival, to seeing cities such as Rio de Janeiro, or riding a boat down Iguazu Falls, I definitely had my fair share of adventures during the semester. However, some of my best memories were the most simple, such as enjoying dinner with my host family, volunteering with my host mom, or days spent under the sun on some of the island’s FORTY TWO beaches.
Living with a host family was definitely the best decision I made! I arrived in January knowing barely any Portuguese and left pretty proficient in the language, which is a great feeling! I also became part of a Brazilian family, which made my experience in Brazil very immersive and personal. I would highly recommend a host family if you want to learn as much of the language and culture as possible. However, all of USAC’s other housing options are great too. Many of my friends had apartments and liked it as well.
I was very impressed with the organization of USAC and the staff’s commitment to ensuring that every student has an incredible experience in Brazil. Not only did they organize fun activities all the time (hikes, samba classes, etc.) but kept all students very informed on events happening throughout the city and about the news in Brazil in general. Any time a student needed anything USAC was always there!
All of my classes were great, from Surfing to Brazilian Politics to Brazilian Cuisine!! USAC Florianópolis offers classes in many disciplines, such as Environmental Science, Political Science, etc. Most classes are in English, but some are in Portuguese such as the language classes and cuisine.
Overall, the four months I spent in Brazil were the best of my life and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to experience the country with USAC. If you want a cultural adventure, and the chance to live in a country that will inspire you every day, don’t hesitate to sign up. I can’t wait to go back!
FLORIPA is worth the trip and MORE!!!!
Submitted by AJ Daley - Berkeley College | June 22, 2016
Floripa, from its many beaches( which are great for an afternoon nap) to the very energetic nightlife to there are many things to do on the island even for those sole players. the people in Floripa were very friendly and helpful to me guiding me back after being lost and showing me many wonders (and food) along the way. The staff at USAC was very open and encouraging in embracing life in Floripa. The USAC staff also was responsive to my messages and answered my questions and engaging(for soccer/football fans, join USAC weekly games). The campus is awesome lots to do and feels like any campus university in America. The language classes give you a foundation but the rest is from interactions with Brazilians so be brave and talk to people, they will not be mean.
My advice to new students is to get out there early, ask around(many people do speak english well there) to find the fun things to do, the university big with lots to do. Join a club or a meet up outside of USAC planned activities. Finally just explore, pick a direction and go with a friend or alone on the island or beyond but enjoy the experience.
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Submitted by Megan - Colorado State University | June 14, 2016
Torino, Italy will always hold a special place in my heart. The city and people became my home away from home. I meet some of my best friends through this program and can't thank USAC and Italy enough for introducing me to some amazing people. USAC provides great, unique locations. Torino allows you to fully immerse yourself in the Italian culture underneath the Italian Alps. By living in Torino I was able to work on my Italian language skills by interacting with locals every day.
Torino is a great central location and it was very easy to travel anywhere in Europe by train or plane and not to mention seeing the Italian Alps every day was an added bonus.
I was able to take classes that directly transferred to my major going to the Torino business school. The classes included a lot of group projects and it was very easy to do class work and travel on the weekends. Although there isn't many class options, the Italian class was very helpful living in Torino, where English isn't as common as some of the more well-known cities.
The USAC program allows students to live in different buildings all over the city. For this reason, each apartment has a different landlord and you get to interact directly with your landlord. The landlord I had was very nice and helpful. Our washing machine broke the first month and they got us a new one immediately. Also since students live in different buildings each apartment is different from the next.
I would definitely recommend studying abroad, it was the best four months. When it comes to study abroad programs, USAC is an affordable choice and has very unique locations.
Submitted by Nicole Miller - University of Nevada, Reno | June 06, 2016
This program changed my life. I experienced so many new things, met so many incredible people, tried some interesting food, and learned so much about cultures all over the world. The academics, administration, housing, and overall program were all magnificent. I would recommend this program to anyone.