University Studies Abroad Consortium
University Studies Abroad Consortium Programs
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 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 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....
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
Study German Language, European Studies and Engineering in Luneburg, Germany through the program offered by the University Studies Abroad Consortium. The program is ideal...
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...
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...
University Studies Abroad Consortium Reviews
A bizarre, exciting, eye-opening, thrilling 9 months in India with USAC
Submitted by JustAnotherAmerican - - | April 18, 2017
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".
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.
Submitted by Brittany - - | March 03, 2017
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.
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!
Best 4.5 months of my life
Submitted by Katharine P - University of South Carolina | March 01, 2017
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.
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!
Submitted by Erica LeClaire - Michigan Tech | March 01, 2017
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.
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!
Girl on German
Submitted by Kristy Clairmont - - | March 01, 2017
I loved my classes. Loved campus. Loved the other students from all over the world whom I am still friends with today. Only regret is that my living assignment had me in Bardowick. It had its bonuses...long runs in the country and my roommate didn't speak much English so it was sunk or swim from the beginning. It was a little hard being so far away from all my classmates.
University Studies Abroad Consortium responded to this review March 02, 2017 at 9:11 AM
Thank you for sharing your feedback, we're so glad you enjoyed your time abroad. We appreciate the information about the housing, we'll be sure to pass that onto our housing department.