Where Will You Go Next? 4 Study Abroad Programs in Amazing Locations

In this series, the Varsity Tutors Blog showcases unique study abroad programs that offer college students a world of educational possibilities. Have you participated in an unusual study abroad program? Let us know at blog@varsitytutors.com.

When it comes to college life, the first things that come to mind for many students include attending homecoming games, taking exciting classes, and making new friends. In addition, study abroad programs are increasingly becoming a mainstream part of the college experience. Some benefits of studying abroad include learning about different cultures and languages and making new friends from different backgrounds and parts of the world. If you’re looking for a study abroad program, there are many choices in terms of program length and location. You can spend anywhere from a few weeks to a few months in almost any part of the world.

Looking to incorporate travel into your college studies? For enrolled students, here are four study abroad programs in amazing locations.

1. Loyola University Maryland’s study abroad program in Bangkok, Thailand

This program is one of Loyola University Maryland’s longest-running study abroad programs. Held every year from mid-July to late December, students from any major take five courses in topics ranging from mathematics to ethics.

Bangkok is a bustling metropolis with golden temples and grand palaces. It has an exciting food and cultural scene, and there are many sightseeing opportunities. Students who visit Thailand will find that locals are welcoming and friendly. English is sometimes spoken in Bangkok, but not necessarily in surrounding cities. It can be helpful to pick up a few phrases in Thai—such as thank you and hello—to help you navigate during your visit.  

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2. Stony Brook University’s study abroad program in Jamaica

Stony Brook University’s two-week winter study abroad program in Jamaica gives students the opportunity to experience some of the best parts of island life. Activities include snorkeling and diving, taking underwater photographs, hiking waterfalls, exploring caves, and tasting fresh fruits and vegetables at a local market.

Jamaica is a vibrant island nation with a culture heavily centered on its beaches and the ocean. There are many exciting aspects of studying in Jamaica, including:

  • The food is flavorful and often comes from the sea.

  • English is spoken in many parts of Jamaica, though you’ll also hear Jamaican Creole.

  • The music is upbeat and fun for dancing.

3. Yale University’s study abroad program in Rome, Italy

Yale University offers a summer study abroad program in Rome that is focused on the arts and humanities. It runs from late May to late June. A large part of the program is held in the city, outside of the classroom. There, students learn more about the complex history of this ancient city.

Rome is arguably one of the world’s most culturally rich cities, with a nearly endless number of ancient pieces of history to see. Some top attractions include the Pantheon, Colosseum, and Roman Forum—just to name a few. Italian is widely spoken in Rome. Don’t forget to try the pizza, gelato, and other classic Italian treats in this sprawling city.

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4. Boston University’s study abroad program in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Boston University offers an exciting summer study abroad program in Zanzibar that runs from early June to late July. The program includes discussions on class, ethnicity, gender, politics, race, and religion in East Africa. Students learn Swahili by partnering up with students at the State University of Zanzibar, and live with local families.

Zanzibar is a series of islands off the East African country of Tanzania. Locals speak Swahili, and are friendly—they will say hello, so it’s good to learn how to do so as well.

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Deciding where to study abroad can be overwhelming. In an effort to narrow down your choices, it can help to consider where and what you’d like to study. After that, the next step is to determine which programs you qualify for and to check if there are any prerequisites necessary. You can also schedule an appointment with an academic counselor if you need help identifying the right program for you.


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