Learning the nuances of a different culture, taking location-specific classes, meeting new people — and all while earning credit. Studying abroad is one of the most rewarding times you can have in college, but if you’re unsure what the best location is for you, there are a few things to consider to make your decision easier.
Do you speak another language or study one in school? Heading to a country where it’s the mother tongue can help improve your skills through immersion. But if you’re someone who strays from saying more than “hello” or “thank you” in another language, you might be more comfortable in English-speaking locales. You’d be surprised how much new slang you’ll pick up anyway!
Completing your coursework is necessary, too. If you still have several classes to complete in your major, a location that offers a variety of courses in your field can help get you closer to graduation. Have a few extra credits to play with? Consider going somewhere with electives that interest you. This is the time to study Hemingway and bullfights in Spain or take an art elective in Italy.
Finally — and this one’s a biggie! — think about what you like to do and how you’d like to spend your free time. If you’re an outdoorsy person whose idea of the perfect weekend is camping, New Zealand is probably a better fit than a crowded city like Shanghai. Are you someone who wants to explore neighboring countries while you’re gone? The size and proximity of European countries makes it easy to visit several places. Do you prefer getting to know one place well? Massive countries like Argentina and Brazil can provide completely different foods and cultures while staying in country.
No matter where you choose, keep an open mind and get ready for the time of your life.
Winter in Boston is a magical experience; from a stroll across the frosted Public Gardens to holiday shopping on Newbury Street, the festive season comes alive in Boston.
From the windy tip of Malin Head in County Donegal to the colorful harbor town of Kinsale in County Cork, Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way amazes at every turn. Feel the blast of fresh sea air with a lighthouse walk. Get up close to history, grab a fireside seat at a traditional music session, experience the world-famous Irish hospitality and explore some of Ireland's most exhilarating coastal scenery. It is a place that inspired dreamers and travelers, poets and painters with a landscape filled with stone walls, thatched cottages, deserted beaches and breathtaking views. Charming towns and villages, 1,500 miles of soaring cliffs, incredible landscapes and unique experiences await.
A perfect New England holiday season awaits in Central Massachusetts. West of Boston, the state offers plenty of small-town holiday charm and events.
Spain’s capital brims with historical sites, tapas and neighborhoods to explore. Home to world-class art museums, breathtaking architecture and a spectacular dining scene, Madrid is a feast for all senses. If you only have two days to explore the city, don’t worry. We spoke with Four Seasons Hotel Madrid’s concierge team to give you the best insight for your short trip to Madrid.
Filled with hidden treasures waiting to be discovered, Seoul invites travelers to unearth its many gems, and Seoul Tourism Organization is here to help travelers do just that. Through thoughtfully created initiatives like the Theme Tourism County Competition, Seoul Tourism Organization works closely with local districts to identify and showcase what makes each district unique and charming in all seasons.
For travelers looking for a dessert escape this holiday season, Oasis at Death Valley awaits. Ancient waters bubble up from the ground to support an entire ecosystem at Oasis at Death Valley, a secluded resort tucked into the dramatic desert setting off Death Valley National Park.