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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

The USAC program is located at the 30,000 student University of Alicante and offers two diverse academic areas: Intensive Language and Spanish and European Studies. You will...

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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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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 a very beautiful country. The program is

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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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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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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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Costa Rica

USAC COSTA RICA: San Ramón - Life & Health Sciences

Sign up for the San Ramón program, a suitable option if you are a science major. For a semester or full year, you will gain an insight into Costa Rica’s health, ecology,...

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University Studies Abroad Consortium Reviews

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    6

  • Program Administration

    6

  • Health & Safety

    8

  • Community

    9

Seoul'd on Seoul

Being the first American cohort of students at Kookmin led to some special fanfare, especially concerning events at home! Kookmin University is a beautiful kid-sized institution with talented and friendly professors and staff. One hiccup was the administration, who were unhelpful at best. The international affairs office seemed unprepared to deal with us, but if you're self-reliant, it shouldn't be a problem! I had to live a 40 min bus ride away from campus due to a housing issue but was reimbursed some money for the additional expense. Therefore, I lived right by Seoul Station and Itaewon and had a blast. In either the apartments or dorms, one is sure to make friends from around the world. Seoul is a beautiful, busy city that is adjusting slowly in some places and very rapidly in other places to outsiders. If you are Western, be ready to adapt and have one of the best experiences of your life!

Program: USAC South Korea: Undergraduate Courses at Kookmin

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    9

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Bristol & Culture

I had set out initially to live in Bristol only for a semester. Halfway through, the experiences, the people, and the city, convinced me to settle in for another round. Hence I spent a year of my life in a fantastic University, where the administration saw me as human and valuable, students sought to explore and meet new people. The experience overall was one of true connection, in a cliche of actualization and self-discovery. Bristol is full of hidden gems, beautiful parks, galleries and museums, people and culture. The experience of living there is unlike any other.

Program: USAC ENGLAND: Bristol - Full Curriculum

Overall Rating

9 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    8

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    9

  • Health & Safety

    9

  • Community

    10

My time in Haifa

If you are interested in language learning and international politics, then Israel is a great place to study abroad. The University of Haifa has excellent language programs for learning Hebrew, Spoken Arabic, and Modern Standard Arabic. I had very little prior knowledge of Hebrew or Arabic, but I felt that when I left Israel, I left with an intermediate level of knowledge in both languages. But what really makes it worthwhile is that the language is very applicable in day-to-day life. If you do any traveling during your time there, you will easily find some places where people don't speak any English, making it essential to put your language learning to use (which is one of the best ways to learn). I also had Israeli roommates who were decent English speakers, but by no means were they experts. So I was able to but my language learning to use there as well.

If you are interested in international politics, then you will find Israel a great place to be, both academically and culturally. The classes I took were really interesting and greatly expanded my knowledge of politics in the Middle East. Depending on certain classes you take, some will have class trips that will take you to some very interesting and educational places. For example, on one class trip we went to the Golan Heights, where I was able to meet UN observers who were observing the Syrian Civil War. Though I should mention, on the rating of the program I did put an 8 out of 10. This is because me and a few other students I studied with did have trouble with one professor in one class. I feel this was a rare occurrence, as I didn't have a problem with any other class or professor I had. But if you go to a school where you know people who have gone to the University of Haifa before, you should definitely ask them about their experiences to help influence which classes you should take.

I found talking with Israelis and Arabs to be equally valuable to what I was learning in the classroom. You gain a lot of unique perspectives to the conflicts that happen in the region. During your time in Haifa you will also have the opportunity to make friends from all over the world. I met made friends from almost every continent, learning how to say hello in nearly ten different languages.

The geography is also very beautiful. The University of Haifa is on top of a mountain range overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, which is always a nice place to go on weekends. As part of the international program, you are able to go on two weekend trips throughout the semester, where you will get to go to some very cool places within Israel, and do things like camping and hiking. They go on different trips each semester, which fortunately for me I was able to spend two semesters in Israel, so I got to see a lot of the country. Ein Gedi near the Dead Sea, and Eilat in the southern part of the country were some of my favorite trips.

Lastly, I know that some people usually have questions about security. Throughout my time in Israel I generally felt pretty safe. The university is tight with security so I never felt in danger while I was on campus. We also had an armed guard with us on every class trip. If you do any traveling on your own, it's generally a good idea to have at least one other person with you, but other than that, if you are aware of the news and know what is happening and where, then you should be fine. Hope this review helps and that you enjoy you're time in Israel!

Program: USAC ISRAEL: Haifa - Full Curriculum

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    8

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    8

  • Program Administration

    7

  • Health & Safety

    7

  • Community

    8

Växjö, Sweden

Växjö is a beautiful up and coming town located in the bottom half of Sweden. (A 3hour train ride to Copenhagen Denmark!)
This town is not a bustling city, however there were plenty of activities and places to explore.
The University, LNU, has something like sororities/fraternities, they're called student unions. The international student union offered trips to St. Petersburg Russia, Lapland Finland, and many other excursions. (You can choose which you want to do and you pay accordingly.) The University itself has two student clubs and a pub that host special holiday parties, themed parties, and general deals for students. So there's definitely things to do on the weekends.
LNU also offers a program that they "friend families" which are something like exchange families but without physically living with them. Basically people from the town volunteer to show you around and give you a taste of the Swedish culture/lifestlye. This was one of my favorite parts of the program. At the beginning I had some difficulties engaging with the community and breaking out of just hanging with fellow international students. But my friend family were very engaging and invited me to all sorts of Swedish activities and I tried so much new food with them!
Sweden is amazing, LNU is a great school, and Växjö itself is very charming.
The program itself is great because of its affordability, but if you are a community college student arranging things yourself it can feel a little overwhelming. Things like 'how do I pay my rent' and 'what should I expect for my living accommodations" were some key information that was not abundantly clear. However, if you are organized, proactive about emailing questions/calling, and utilizing resources at LNU things work themselves out.
I had such an amazing time in Sweden and met some good friends that I'm still very close with. Sweden is truly a wonderful and unique place. I would definitely recommend the Växjö Program.

*I also visited the Kalmar Campus for a Halloween Party, the town felt much smaller and in general the travel time to big cities didnt feel worth it. Being close to Copenhagen meant flexibility with catching flights and general ease of travel.

Program: USAC SWEDEN: Vaxjo/Kalmar - Full Curriculum

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health & Safety

    10

  • Community

    10

Study abroad semester in Lüneburg

Studying abroad in Luneburg was an amazing experience! I had the time of my life and made so many new friends. Meeting germans was really easy in such a small town. Wednesday night karaoke at the Irish bar was a favorite among my friends! The program advisor Steffi is so helpful and patient. She is always there to help everyone. I improved my german so quickly and really enjoyed the other classes I took. The professors are the best, thank you Monika, Mark, and Constance! Hamburg is so fun to visit and is only a 30 minute train ride away. The housing situation was really cool because we were all able to live with German roommates or a German family. My roommate became a close friend of mine! I recommend everyone to go to Luneburg to study, it is now my favorite place in the world!

Program: USAC GERMANY: Lüneburg - European Studies & Sustainability

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