Studying abroad is an amazing experience that students get to experience in college. They get the chance to go to a school in a different country with students from other universities (even students from other international universities). This is made possible by universities sponsoring trips abroad or, more commonly, partnering with third-party study abroad providers. These providers are companies that create programs for students to be able to go to school in a different country. They also work with students on getting visas, arranging for housing/meals, and hosting activities for students to get involved in while abroad. Each provider offers a different experience and different options on where students can study. Here are 10 awesome options for students to choose from:
With over 50 years of experience sending students abroad, The American Institute for Foreign Study has been around long enough to show that they know what they are doing. When students pay their program fee, this will cover housing and meal plan (homestay, independent stay, or dorm), cultural activities and field trips, round-trip airfare (unless they opt out), access to the Student Advisory Center for travel advice, and help from the AIFS support center with visas, financial aid, etc. For students who require financial assistance, AIFS offers many different grants and scholarships. Each year, they give more than $600,000 to students in need. As for program options, they offer programs in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey. Students can also look into options for a multi-country study abroad experience! If you are interested in studying abroad with AIFS, then check out the AIFS website and Facebook page to get started.
ISA is an extremely popular choice for students who are wanting to study abroad. The ISA staff is very helpful in making sure that all questions get answered and that all students are taken care of. With ISA, students can look forward to an airport reception upon your arrival, cultural activities and excursions, and even tutoring for those who take a language course. Students can even receive advising on getting an international cell phone plan before departing. ISA offers many different scholarships and even provides the opportunity for students to apply for scholarships from their host university. ISA offers programs in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, China, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, Fiji, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Morocco, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Thailand, and Turkey. If you think ISA would be a good fit for your study abroad needs, then check out the ISA website and their Facebook page!
- SOL Education Abroad
SOL Education Abroad is a provider that specializes in Spanish-speaking countries. Students who are more interested in honing their Spanish and getting an excellent and memorable experience should definitely consider studying abroad with SOL. To help determine each student’s language skills, SOL has language assessment exams when students arrive at their destination. They also have students stay with host families and engage in cultural activities to help engage them in the local community. There are also volunteer/community-service opportunities at each destination. They offer programs in the following countries: Argentina, Costa Rica, Mexico, and Spain. If honing your Spanish while getting a great community experience when you study abroad sounds appealing to you, then check out the SOL Education Abroad website and their Facebook page!
- IES Abroad
IES Abroad is dedicated to making sure that you have an unforgettable experience while abroad. Everything that students think they will need help with, IES is there to make it easy. To make studying abroad even easier, IES offers over $2.5 million in financial aid. They even give you access to Moodle, an online learning tool, to help with your academic experience. Students have the option to stay in an apartment, a homestay, or in dorms with local students. Students can also look forward to organized field trips, cultural events, excursions, and being able to participate in service-learning/volunteer programs. IES has programs in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, The Netherlands, and Turkey. They also offer some multi-country options and a European Union program! If you’re looking for a great experience abroad, then check out the IES Abroad website and their Facebook page.
- SAI Programs
From beginning to end, SAI Programs offers a fantastically friendly experience to students who want to study abroad. SAI lets students stay in either a homestay or in apartments near the city center. SAI even helps students out more by helping them get an international phone plan for the time they are abroad. There are also helpful scholarships and financial aid available to SAI students. After arriving at the students’ destination, they can expect to have a wonderful welcome reception to kick off their life-changing experience abroad. Students can also look forward to many different cultural excursions and trips, including a 3-day excursion. SAI offers programs in the following countries: England, France, Italy, and Spain. They also offer a dual-city program for students in design! If you are looking for an amazing experience from beginning to end, then check out the SAI Programs website and their Facebook page.
When a student decides to study abroad with CIEE, they can expect to be a part of a quality program. CIEE makes sure that every program that they offer will be of the highest quality, so that students have the best experience possible. Also, with more than $3 million in scholarships and grants awarded each year, it is safe to say that the CIEE experience abroad is a great one. They even offer a course, Intercultural Communication and Leadership, to all students who want to take their life-changing experience abroad even further. To prepare students for all of this, CIEE has online pre-departure orientations to address all of the student’s questions, concerns, and cover things like housing, the culture, etc. CIEE offers programs in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bonaire, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Hungary, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, Northern Ireland, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Taiwan, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. They also offer global institute programs in Berlin and London and a summer architecture/design program in NYC! So if you think that CIEE is what you are looking for in a study abroad provider, then check out the CIEE website and Facebook page.
- CIS Abroad
If a student is looking for a program that makes cultural immersion as a priority, then they should consider studying abroad with CIS Abroad. CIS takes a student’s cultural immersion experience so importantly that they have an informational culture series, La Vida Local™, into each of their programs. They even offer students a Zero Carbon Travel Guide to help students know how to travel without leaving much impact. Along with these perks, students can look forward to staff that will inform them on anything and everything they will need to know before, during, and after they study abroad. Whether it’s questions about housing, financial aid, or even the best places to hang out in their city, CIS has it covered. CIS offers programs in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Ghana, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, New Zealand, Oman, Peru, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, and Thailand. They also offer some multi-country programs and a program in Hawaii! Go check out the CIS Abroad website and Facebook page to get started.
What happens to you when you study abroad? The answer: You are transformed as a person through this life-changing experience. API knows this very well and makes it a focal point for all of their programs. Their primary goal is to make sure that you come out of study abroad as a different person through excellent academic programs and an overall amazing experience. With over $400,000 in scholarships awarded annually, API is dedicated to helping students reach their dream of going abroad. API has programs in the following countries: Argentina, Bhutan, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Scotland, Spain, and United Arab Emirates. If API sounds like the provider you want to help you have a life-changing and transforming experience abroad, then check out the API website and their Facebook page!
ISEP offers a somewhat different experience than some other providers. Instead of just taking students and sending them to another university abroad, they primarily work in exchange programs. This means that every student they send to a university abroad, they are bringing a student from that university to the other student’s home university. This helps give students a taste of each other’s country and university. While ISEP does primarily work with exchange programs, they do have direct (traditional study abroad) options available. ISEP also does an excellent job at helping students get placed at the university that they choose and helping them adjust to this new and amazing experience. ISEP offer programs (check each country to see if it’s exchange or direct) in the following countries: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Botswana, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, French La Reunion, French Antilles, Germany, Ghana, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico, Morocco, The Netherlands, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Puerto Rico, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, Uruguay, and Vietnam. If an awesome exchange program, or even a direct program, is what you are looking for, then check out the ISEP website and Facebook page!
- Semester at Sea
Semester at Sea offers a study abroad experience unlike any other. They are unique in that instead of sending a student to another country and university, they are taking you to multiple countries while having classes on-board of a ship! All students live and have their classes on the World Odyssey, a massive 7-deck, 590-foot cruise ship. The SAS faculty on-board is made of up of amazing people, such as TED speakers, world leaders, and experts in each field of study. The ship sets out on voyages that take students to different destinations. Since every voyage is different, that means that each semester of students will have a different experience. At each port destination, students get the chance to participate in cultural activities and even field labs for classes. While every semester is different, the ship has been known to make port in the following countries: Argentina, Bahamas, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Burma, Canada, Canary Islands, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Cuba, Cyprus, Denmark, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, India, Ireland, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Morocco, Namibia, The Netherlands, Nicaragua, Norway, Nova Scotia, Panama, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Senegal, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Tunisia, Turkey, The U.S., Uruguay, and Vietnam. If sailing at sea while having a unique study abroad experience sounds awesome to you, then check out the SAS website and Facebook page!
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