Study Abroad in the United States

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Studying Abroad in the United States


88 Study Abroad Programs in the United States


Obtain firsthand experience in Alaska and travel to the United States with the Institute for Global Studies. An array of environmental-related field courses are available such as Ecology, Marine Science, and Geography. This international academic study program is open to all undergraduate students worldwide.


Study in the United States at California State University, San Marcos! CSUSM offers a wide range of academic fields, and you can build your own program by choosing your courses from a variety of fields. Our campus is located in northern San Diego County, where you can find beautiful beaches, an hour drive to the mountains and desert, a downtown nightlife, world class shopping and more.


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The School of Visual Arts offers programs in the United States that help aspiring artists grow to appreciate all the world has to offer. The program helps broaden artistic capability through the experience of new places, techniques, and cultures. Subjects offered include, but are not limited to, Art History, Culinary Arts, Photography, and Painting.


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IES Abroad offers 120+ programs in more than 35 locations worldwide for undergraduate students. We're a little obsessed with study abroad, and not at all ashamed to admit it. We are a highly-charged force of study abroad enthusiasts. Every day we have the privilege of witnessing how study abroad changes our students' lives. That's the reason we do what we do: to provide once-in-a-lifetime ed...


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Travel and study in the United States through the Boston University Study Abroad international academic studies program. International students with undergraduate and graduate degrees have the option to live in either Los Angeles or Washington D.C., depending on the study abroad program. This placement provides a wide array of disciplines such as Management, Journalism, Writing, and many more.


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Learn English in one of the largest ad most diverse countries in the world, the United States of America, where millions of native English speakers reside. Eurocentres offers language courses in East Lansing, San Diego, New York, Miami, and Boston. Thousands of individuals from all over the globe join Eurocentres each year to expand their language abilities.


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Students who desire learning about democratic policy making and politics should look at studying in the seat of American governance. New York University's Washington, D.C. program gives students the opportunity to take a closer look at journalism techniques and the work behind crafting laws and international policies.


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Develop a better understanding and stronger appreciation for the ocean through SEA Semester. Students, from all over the world, will have the opportunity to live and study in the United States and take courses which include Astrophysics, Meteorology, and English Literature. This program takes place in the cities of Honolulu, San Francisco, Key West, and Woods Hole.


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Travel to the United States on a winter adventure and language study program with International Programs. The program, ran by Rennert New York School, focuses on general English classes reinforced by faculty-led workshops and field trips in New York City. Students receive 10 lessons per week, and 10 lessons in elective courses such as media, dance, fashion, and culture. Students earn a certific...


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SIT Study Abroad offers four comparative semester programs that examine a single theme — urban studies, climate change, global health, or human rights — in four countries. Each program starts in a US city — New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, or Washington, DC — and then travels to three other countries, each on a different continent.


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Engage in an exciting study abroad program with Experience America. Experience America provides two programs in the United States for international students: the Game Experience, which provides students with exclusive insider access to the video game industry in Seattle, and the Foster School of Business International Business & Careers program. All students are provided with accommodations, un...


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Hi! We are L.A. Cultural Exchange and we bring hand-picked international (and now national) high school students between ages 15 and 18 to live, study, experience and have FUN in Los Angeles, CA. We are a boutique exchange organization based in the NoHo Arts District neighborhood and we specialize in the arts and all things L.A. Our job is to personalize your L.A. high school experience. So if...


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This program is for teens who have an interest in fashion and are completing the equivalent of US grades 8-12 (approximately 13-17 years old). The Fashion Experience is a New York City fashion summer camp program that is a collaboration between the editors of Seventeen and Westcoast Connection/360° Student Travel – it will bring your fashion dreams to life. This fashion summer camp for ...


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The Global Accelerator Program: Business Development & Sales edition is most popular with students, graduates and early-stage career-changers looking to launch and accelerate their career in high-end business-to-business sales, relationship management or consulting. The program combines an initial period of intensive, class-room based training followed by an internship to help you put theor...

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Studying Abroad in the United States

The United States is called a melting pot for a very good reason. With its 50 states, each like their own country because of their unique climates, food, and cultural activities, America has something for everybody. Studying abroad in the U.S. can mean learning about any number of possible disciplines in about any surrounding. Study in the mountains, a big city, small town, along the coast, or in a desert all while also learning English.

Geography & Demographics

Universities hold a high belief in diversity and offer all students the chance to learn. It is no wonder that 40 percent of American citizens can trace their ancestry to someone who came came through Ellis Island, the famous port where 12 million people from all parts of the world came to seek a new life in the land of opportunity. That belief is held today as many come to learn, work, and live in the world’s economic, academic, and cultural superpower. From the Californian coast to the Rocky Mountains to the Statue of Liberty, international students will find an abundance of opportunities to learn about American history, arts and culture.

America’s 50 states, 48 of which are on the mainland, make up the bulk of North America in between Canada and Mexico. Hawaii is an archipelago in the Pacific Ocean and Alaska is off the northwestern corner of Canada connecting itself to the farthest tips of Russia. It is the fourth largest country and has the third largest population with 52 metropolitan areas that each have over one million people.

The Rocky Mountains that span across British Columbia in Canada all the way down south to New Mexico hold everything from hiking and camping to snowboarding and ice fishing. The southern states are well known for their hospitality, authentic American food, and traditional ways of life. Farther to the east are many of the metropolitan areas as well as where most of early American history can be traced. New York city has the largest population at just over 19 million people. 

Weather can be pretty unpredictable in any state, but some areas have constant patterns:

Pacific Northwest (WA, ORE, Northern CA) -  It is rainy most of the time, but because people who live here are used to it, not many locals use umbrellas especially in Oregon and they call it “Liquid Sunshine.” Winter doesn’t see much snow except in the mountains and summers are cool and breezy.

Colorado - The high altitude means dry summers and snow filled winters. Wearing layers and keeping an umbrella, sunscreen, and a sweatshirt close by is common. Drink plenty of water to avoid altitude sickness. 

South - It’s very humid in summer and winter but sees little snow. There are some big rainstorms, but that doesn’t stop the locals from going about their business. 

Most areas have all four seasons but some are more extreme than others. The best time to study abroad in America is during the spring semester for the western and northern parts of the country and the fall semester for the southern and eastern areas so as to avoid extreme weather conditions.

Food & Culture

When it comes to food, it is almost guaranteed that if there isn’t a restaurant that has food from every corner of the earth, the grocery stores will have the ingredients. In America, especially in urban areas like Chicago and New York City, there is a high demand for exotic flavors which means there are many options for eating out. Food is served in large portions, so it is common to take leftovers home in a to go box and refills for non-alcoholic drinks are free at most establishments. The legal drinking age is 21 and it is strictly enforced especially in college towns, though a lot of bars will welcome patrons under 21 inside the bar before a certain time as long as they do not order alcohol.

About half the country identifies as Christian, while the other half is comprised of Jewish, Catholic, Buddhist, Muslim, or Hindu. It seems every type of religion is practiced in America and new belief systems are being born. In Portland, Oregon, there is even a 24 hour Church of Elvis!

English is the main language with Spanish and Chinese following, but most every language and culture is represented somewhere. However, there are different dialects, accents, idioms, and slang that vary between the states. The most well known accents are in the south, Boston, Minnesota and the Dakotas, and New York City. All courses, unless foreign language courses, are taught in English. Most programs will require an English proficiency test for acceptance in the program. 

In America, one item can be called many different things depending on who you talk to. A couch can be a sofa or a futon. In the south, especially Texas, when ordering non-alcoholic drinks at a restaurant, any type of soda is automatically a Coke. Then, the waiter or waitress will ask what kind of Coke (Fanta, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, etc). In other parts of the country, it is called a soda or a pop. 

Currency is made of the U.S. dollar and cents. One dollar is comprised of 100 cents. There are four coins: penny (1 cent), nickel (5 cents), dime (10 cents), and quarter (25 cents). Bills are in one, five, ten, 20, 50, and 100 dollar increments. Food and clothing are relatively inexpensive compared to Europe, even organic food.

Things to Do

Festivals celebrate food, nationalities, arts, and ways of life in every state. South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX and Lollapalooza in Chicago, IL are two of the biggest music festivals in the country while the winter X Games attract many extreme sports fans to Aspen, CO. Americans love to celebrate.

American football, basketball, baseball, and hockey are the more popular spectator sports both at the professional and collegiate level. Many universities will have intramural sport teams for students in softball, basketball, volleyball, water polo, soccer, and many more. It is easy to get involved in recreational athletics.

Studying in the U.S.A.

International visitors coming into the United States who intend to study at an accredited university for any length of time will require a student visa. After acceptance to the university, international students will be enrolled in the Student and Exchange Information System with a fee and an I-20 form. Students also have to attend a US Embassy/Consulate for a visa interview with all the necessary documents. The requirements change for each country and are likely to change so be sure to research the requirements for your homeland.

International students usually stay in a shared dorm on campus. There is usually one other person in the dorm room and either a shared bathroom with the room next door or a community bathroom in the hall. Some universities have specific international student apartments on or close to campus. International students have access to the university’s international offices as well as any of the advisors for the major. 

In college towns and urban areas, many amenities are within walking distance. Some universities have a partnership with local transportation and offer free bus and subway for students with an ID from the university. The student ID will also allow access to home university sporting events for free and discounts at many locations such as: restaurants, shops, and movie theaters.

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