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Brazil

USAC BRAZIL: Florianópolis-Global Economy

The Florianópolis program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the incredibly diverse and dynamic culture of Brazil while living on a beautiful sub-tropical...

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Spain

USAC SPAIN: Madrid-Spanish Language, Art, & Spanish Studies

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...

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Italy

USAC ITALY: Torino-International Business/Politics & Art

The Torino program is ideal for students who are interested in studying International Business, Art/Architecture, and Italian Studies in an exciting, cosmopolitan setting....

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Spain

USAC SPAIN: Alicante - European & Mediterranean Studies

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

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Czech Republic

USAC CZECH REPUBLIC: Prague - European Politics & Culture

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,...

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Thailand

USAC THAILAND: Chiang Mai-Southeast Asian Economic Studies

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...

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Italy

USAC ITALY: Viterbo-History, Art, Photography, & Journalism

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,...

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Spain

USAC SPAIN: San Sebastián - Basque & European Studies

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....

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France

USAC FRANCE: Pau - French Language & European Studies

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

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Germany

USAC GERMANY: Lüneburg - European Studies & Sustainability

Study German Language, European Studies and Engineering in Luneburg, Germany through the program offered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium. The program is ideal...

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Chile

USAC CHILE: Santiago-Latin American & Anthropology Studies

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...

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Spain

USAC SPAIN: Bilbao/Getxo - International Business & Spanish

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...

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Scotland

USAC SCOTLAND: Stirling - Full Curriculum

The Stirling program offers the opportunity to enroll in a range of courses in a variety of disciplines at the University of Stirling, one of the top-rated academic institutions...

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France

USAC FRANCE: Lyon - French Language & European Studies

Study in Lyon to learn and live in one of the most attractive cities in France, creating a fresh combination of the bustle of a large, European city and the simplicity of...

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University Studies Abroad Consortium Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Reggio Emilia: Why go anywhere else?

Studying in Reggio-Emilia was the best decision I could have made for myself and for my education. The apartment I stayed in was the perfect location, conveniently located to the city center as well as to my classes. Reggio is a smaller town with beautiful piazzas where you will get an authentic Italian experience. The friends I made through the program, as well as the Italian friends, are friends that I will have for a lifetime. The atmosphere of Reggio is very social. I can't tell you how many times the locals walked up to us just to talk (they love to help you practice your Italian too!) What made my experience what it was, was how wonderful the staff was! From the moment I arrived at the hotel that first night, I was greeted with excitement. This excitement for my visit never waivered throughout the entirety of my program. They were always there if I needed help, making sure I got the most out of my experience. They made me feel welcome from the moment I met them. Reggio is a place I hold dear to my heart and am looking forward to the day I can return.

Program: USAC ITALY: Reggio Emilia-Education, Communication & Health

  • University Studies Abroad Consortium responded to this review May 19, 2017 at 9:50 AM

    Thank you for your feedback! We're so glad you enjoyed your time in Reggio!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    5

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    5

  • Community

    9

A bizarre, exciting, eye-opening, thrilling 9 months in India with USAC

First off, let me say, if you don't feel called to go to India, DON'T. You have a 99% chance of hating it. If, however, for some reason, there are elements of the culture, the cities, and the country that excite you or intrigue you, let go of your inhibitions and jump right in. USAC's Bangalore offers the most affordable, high-value study abroad experience I know of.

The folks working in the USAC India program are excellent, though of course experience the same limitations everyone in India experiences (consistent delays, inefficiencies, unhelpful/corrupt administration, etc.). The teachers are a strange mixture - a couple really excellent ones, and a few who teach in COMPLETELY different subjects most of the time and are incredibly inexperienced when it comes to the subjects they teach to the study abroad students. If you are majoring in a social science back home, you can expect every class with USAC Bangalore to be at a MUCH lower academically-nuanced level than you would be used to, with few exceptions.

Bangalore is an incredible city, full of thousands of daily sights to see, and people to meet. There's a great feeling of neighborhood friendliness that comes from living in the USAC apartments that are a decent walk away from school. There's really nothing like building up that day-to-day familiarity with everyone from the banana-seller to guy who sells shoes at a stand on the corner.

I would recommend this program without any reservations to folks who are willing to remain humble and expect to break through their stereotypical and pre-existing notions of "what India is".

Program: USAC INDIA: Bangalore - Sociology & Culture Studies

  • University Studies Abroad Consortium responded to this review April 18, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Thank you for your honest review. We appreciate hearing about the program from a student's perspective and will pass your feedback onto our team. Most importantly we're glad you enjoyed your time in India.

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    7

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    8

Amazing

My first time abroad I spent in northern Germany. After studying the language in high school
I decided the country was a top choice for a study abroad destination. I was a low income student and relied heavily on loans for school. Spending time away from work was a choice I did not take lightly. Thankfully University Studies Abroad Consortium was a very affordable and even had summer options. I spent 6 weeks in Luneburg, Germany with a wonderful host family. The USAC staff was great and helpful with all sorts of things such as classes, living situation and options for getting to know German students. Having only one class for myself gave me plenty of time to roam the town and go elsewhere on the weekends (student ID had lots of options for free train travel in Lower Saxony!) I quickly made friends with a couple other USAC students and they became my travel buddies. Although I was on a budget I still had the opportunity to try plenty of German food as well as other favorites in the area. While I wished I had known how humid northern Germany is before I got there, I thoroughly enjoyed the greenness of the country. My top three favorite things were riding the trains, swimming in the Alpsee near Fussen and eating lots of gelato! USAC was great, my host family was great and the friends I made were great, I can't wait to get back.

Program: USAC GERMANY: Lüneburg - European Studies & Sustainability

  • University Studies Abroad Consortium responded to this review March 10, 2017 at 11:32 AM

    Thank you for your feedback, Brittany. We're so glad you enjoyed your time abroad!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Best 4.5 months of my life

Jo and Sarah were amazing. My group was amazing. Living in La Mad was crazy and so much fun. I still talk to my friends from the program even though we all live in different parts of the country. Lyon was truly life changing. Saying goodbye to my friends and the city was the harder goodbye I've ever had to say. Much love to my group and the city. Thank you USAC.

Program: USAC FRANCE: Lyon - French Language & European Studies

  • University Studies Abroad Consortium responded to this review March 03, 2017 at 9:57 AM

    Thank you for your feedback. We're so glad you loved Lyon!

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    4

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    8

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    10

Scottish adventure

When I was leaving for the University of Stirling, it was basically the first time I had ever left home for school. I stayed at my hometown university with the knowledge that I would save up enough money to spend time abroad. I couldn't have made a better decision to plan for study abroad as well as choosing where to go. Stirling in Scotland is one of the most beautiful places I could ever imagine. There were so many experiences on campus from the awesome classes about Scottish history and culture and the incredible campus through which I could walk by a loch and castle with a view of the Wallace monument on my way to class. Stirling is a great place to enjoy nature and get outside! I would go for hikes and walks on the surrounding Ochils or into town. Stirling is also located close enough to both Edinburgh and Glasgow for day trips to the city.
USAC's program was perfect, especially with the included tours. Exploring St Andrews and the Highlands with the other students in the USAC program were some of the best experiences that I've ever had. Spending a weekend in the Highlands on a guided tour with a Scottish guide, learning about the real history of Scotland gave me a better understanding and perspective on the culture of Scotland.
I couldn't have asked for a better experience for my semester in Stirling.

Program: USAC SCOTLAND: Stirling - Full Curriculum

  • University Studies Abroad Consortium responded to this review March 02, 2017 at 9:13 AM

    Thank you Erica for sharing your experience in Scotland! We're so glad you enjoyed the classes, culture and country as a whole. We appreciate your feedback!

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