Spring Study Abroad 2016

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On Semester in Florence, you will be a local in one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Florence is an amazing location for cultural immersion, and Florence University of the Arts focuses on creating an outstanding cultural environment where you'll be able to nurture your talents. You can take courses in a wide variety of subjects. Here, you'll experience incredible local restaura...

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Spend a semester or academic year in the modern and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona with AIFS. You'll earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses studying at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. Courses are taught in English or Spanish, and no previous Spanish language study is required. AIFS in Barcelona offers students the opportunity to take courses in Spanish language, business a...

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Many travelers who visit Granada insist it's the must-see city in all of Spain. With one of the clearest windows into Spain's unique historical symbiosis of Islam, Christianity, and Judaism, the IES curriculum takes full advantage of Andalusia and all southern Spain has to offer including cultural excursions. Two semesters of college level Spanish are required to enroll in the Intermediate ...

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We offer an unmatched variety of academic and internship programs in more than 30 cities on six continents. Our job is to help students realize their dreams to study and intern abroad.

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A chance to be like thousands of international alumni who have studied at the Beijing Language and Culture University (BLCU), study and live the language with flexible programs ranging from just a month to a full academic year of study. With the help of Go Abroad China, you will gain more vocabulary, master the grammar and speak with more fluency after intense classes, taught by some of the bes...

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Syracuse University's London Center is located in the heart of this vibrant city. It offers professional courses in theater, public communications, business, design, music industry, and architecture, as well as a broad selection of liberal arts courses. Internships can place students in professional settings and provide superior preparation for a career in today's global economy. Living in loca...

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Xi'an Jiaotong-Liverpool University is a unique blend of East and West, jointly founded in China by the University of Liverpool and the Xi'an Jiaotong University. Established in 2006, the university has grown rapidly over the last six years. The university now has 7,000 students on campus and 2,000 students studying in Liverpool for their final two years of study. Students are recruited from...

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Costa Rica is one of the world's most breathtaking and lush countries. Why not spend a semester or a summer in San Jose, Costa Rica's radiant capital? Immerse yourself in a Spanish language exchange program (ranging from beginner to advanced) and the native country's rich culture. Adelante offers various programs to better suit your study abroad needs. During your free time, explore the scen...

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Securing your working future Experience the great Queensland lifestyle and build up your CV by working while you study. Griffith’s 5 campuses are located in sub-tropical South-East Queensland, Australia which averages 300 days of sunshine per year. Enjoy either the relaxed, beach lifestyle of the Gold Coast, or the bustling, inner-city life of Brisbane. The Community Internship is a c...

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Study Chinese language and culture at BLCU - Beijing Language and Culture University. Students can take part in high quality academic programs, and earn college credit. The program runs for twenty hours per week, four hours per day. Students can take an intensive course that runs for thirty hours per week, six hours per day. Housing is provided on campus in a residence Dormitory. Founded in ...

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The University of Granada was chartered and given official Papal ratification by Clemente VII in 1531. Through its almost 500 years of existence, it has become one of the major intellectual centers in southern Spain. The University's Modern Language Center, the Centro de Lenguas Modernas, is housed in what was once an orphanage built in the 1700s. It was completely restored in 1992 and is locat...

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Sevilla (Metro population around 1,500,000) the largest city in southern Spain, and the fourth largest in the country, offers endless opportunities to learn about Spanish culture and history. Located on the banks of the Guadalquivir River, this enchanting capital city of the Andalucía region has become one of the most popular study abroad destinations for U.S. students. A history of this fascin...

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Participants in this Institute for Global Studies program will assist curators in the running of a butterfly garden in Costa Rica. Interns will help on all levels of the operation: butterfly collection, interpretation to the public, and maintenance of the facility. This is a great opportunity to learn about the diversity of Monteverde through the wings of its most spectacular creatures. The int...

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Spend an amazing summer, semester, or short term studying abroad in Vina del Mar, Chile, with CEA! This stunning Latin American city nestles between the Pacific Ocean, mountain peaks, and one of the world's driest deserts, the Atacama. Discover why Vina del Mar is nicknamed "the Garden City" when you study abroad in Chile with CEA. Take classes at our partner institution, the University of Vin...

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Spring Study Abroad Programs

Congratulations! You have made the decision to study abroad, but now you must make the tough decision of choosing the right semester. There is no right or wrong time to study abroad, but when you look through the options, you should strongly consider the spring semester. Why? Because there’s plenty of time to get started, meaning you can take your time. Think about what you want to accomplish during your time abroad and find a spring study abroad program that best suits you and your objectives. Whether you want to head south of the equator to revisit fall or are simply looking to extend your summer, there’s a spring study abroad program for you!

Why Choose Spring Study Abroad

Besides not missing out on Thanksgiving turkey, there are plenty of reasons to choose the spring semester for study abroad. For those students who opt to head home directly after their program, there are benefits to studying abroad in the spring rather than the fall. Before traveling, many students forget to consider the difficulty of returning home after the semester. You may have heard buzzwords like “reverse culture shock” but struggle to fully understand what that means (and what it can look like in your life).

When you return home, you’ll have new insights, new war stories, a new sense of self. Your perspective of the world and the way you fit in it will be more developed. Sometimes, students don’t even fully recognize the ways they’ve changed until they return to a familiar place. And sometimes, it is tempting to revert to your old ways instead of consciously maintaining your new habits, especially when you must quickly process your past semester while simultaneously preparing for the next.

Returning home in the summer means a soft landing: ample time to transition smoothly and more intentionally. You can kick your reverse culture shock in the butt, while not feeling swamped by the quick turnaround of the academic school year.

Locations

The days are getting longer, the sun is shining more, the weather is getting warmer. People have been bundled up for the long winter but are now bursting with heaps of joy. Spring is a fun time to be anywhere on the planet, but at least in this way you won’t be stuck staring at the blue skies longingly out the window from your desk chair in your university classroom. Happy days! Here are some of the most popular destinations for spring study abroad programs:

Turkey. From ancient ruins to modern beaches, Turkey attracts students from all over the world looking to spend the spring semester studying abroad in an exotic Euro-Asian country. Turkey’s rich history combined with its diverse modern society has turned it into one of the most vibrant spring study abroad options. You can drink tea at an authentic Turkish tea house, visit a historic Byzantine-Christian-Islamic place of worship, or haggle your heart out at some of its colorful bazaars. Lucky enough to have coasts along the Aegean and Mediterranean seas, Turkey enjoys a standard Mediterranean climate and some of the best beaches in the world, perfect for a quick spring getaway or a break from studying.

Portugal. Students interested in being part of a harmonious blended community will be glad to know that Portugal is known for being one of the most liberal and open countries on the European continent. The best time to visit Portugal is during spring, when the flowers and trees throughout the countryside begin to bloom. The geographical location of this coastal nation on the Iberian Peninsula makes it a grand destination for students who enjoy great weather.

Cambodia. Located in the heart of Southeast Asia, Cambodia is shining a light over its dark and turbulent history, and its people are hopeful for a brighter future. This ancient kingdom is known for the kindness its people show toward visitors in the middle of the Indochina peninsula. As a spring semester study abroad student, you will have a chance to explore tiered rice paddies or visit the largest religious monument in the world, Angkor Wat.

Spring Study Abroad Programs

This is an exciting time in your academic career, so be sure to focus on the courses that are best suited for you and your education. Some universities and study abroad programs only offer certain courses and subjects during specific semesters. Since you have made the decision to study abroad during the spring semester, make sure the courses you decided to take are offered within that time frame.

Studying physical therapy in the spring is a popular course for students because it gives them a chance to take on patients in an international setting and be exposed to new methods and techniques in the field. Healthcare is ever-evolving around the world, and having experience abroad will certainly give students the necessary skills to take on the growing challenges within the field. As a student looking to study abroad in the spring, you will surely gain some experience working with athletes participating in springtime athletics too.

Meteorology is a field full of international collaboration. You truly cannot study or work within meteorology without discussing the entire world, it’s science! This is a perfect course for students studying abroad in the spring as it gives them insight on how scientists and meteorologists around the world study weather patterns and the atmosphere. There is no right or wrong time to study meteorology, as weather is obviously an ongoing and cyclical phenomenon; however, spring semester study abroad programs will allow you to experience a transition of seasons from winter to spring, starting in March, in many nations.

Naturally, students interested in travel and tourism should also indulge their sense of wanderlust. What better way to prove your experience to future employers than by learning about the field abroad? Choosing to study tourism abroad in the springtime, just when tourism is picking back up after the winter months, will give you the chance to experience the challenges that arise when working in the industry.

Keep in mind that depending on the courses you are pursuing and the country you choose to study abroad in, knowing the local language may be advantageous to your learning experience.

Tips & Advice for Spring Travel

Your summer holiday will be right around the corner. What’s the rush for getting back to sitting around your hometown? Spring study abroad students can consider extending their travels for three to four solid months past their program end date. One awesome option to consider is completing a different type of program in your study abroad destination, like volunteering or interning, during the summer months.

No matter where you study abroad in the spring, make sure to get involved and stay engaged with the local community. It can be detrimental to your experience if you don’t make an effort to step outside your comfort zone and engage with people on trains, at parks or museums. This is a good way to learn your host country’s cultural idiosyncrasies as well, the fun, subtle nuances that most tourists skim over.

While you are studying abroad, even if your program does not require it, take time to write in a journal a couple times a week. This will serve as a way to preserve your memories and emotions as you are experiencing a new culture. The same holds true for pictures. Make sure your pictures have some context by chronicling your thoughts and impressions on the moment you captured.

Benefits & Challenges

When considering study abroad in the spring semester, keep in mind the locations you are interested in traveling to and consider what is most important to you. Whether it’s for the weather, the local festivals (St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland, perhaps?!), or the availability of your academic schedule, getting outta dodge for your spring semester might just be the solution you’re looking for.

The challenge to finding a perfect spring semester program will be narrowing it down to just one! There are so many opportunities to pursue that it may be overwhelming. Make sure you do your research about the program and country of your choice; preparation is key to any successful study abroad experience.

There is no right and wrong for students committed to spending a semester abroad. But if you wish to maximize adventure (er, learning potential) and give yourself the time and space needed to sort out your newfound realizations (without sacrificing cranberry sauce), a spring semester abroad will do you good.

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