3 Unique Study Abroad Options

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Thinking about study abroad?

Being a college student comes with a myriad of challenges. One decision that shouldn’t be too hard to make, however, is whether to study abroad.

Practically every university offers opportunities to challenge yourself while traveling across the globe and living in a new country.

Here are three truly unique options to make your study abroad experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

1) Semester at Sea’s Around-the-World Voyage

While most study abroad programs allow you to live abroad in a far-flung city across the globe, Semester at Sea takes this to the extreme.

Get on board the MV Explorer with up to 700 other undergraduate students and travel to up to 14 countries in one semester. Courses are taken during days at sea with faculty members that represent universities and colleges from across the country.

While in port, students will have the chance to conduct field work in their area of study alongside their professors as well as travel independently.

When else will you have the chance to sail around the world with stops in such far-flung places as Shanghai, India, Ghana and Brazil?

GGG Founder Kelly is currently sailing around the world with Semester at Sea, and loving every minute of it!

2) Arcadia University’s London Parliamentary Intern Program

London definitely proved it was worth its place as a world-class city during the 2012 Summer Olympics. The sight of Big Ben and the London Eye show that this city can be both deeply rooted in tradition yet remain a major player in modern current events.

Here’s your chance to see modern politics take place on a global stage as an intern in the London Parliament.

Take your place at the Palace of Westminster three days a week and attend classes taught by both Arcadia University faculty and professors from local British universities. This behind-the-scenes look at governance is a semester you’ll never forget!

3) SIT Study Abroad’s Mongolia: Geo-Politics and the Environment Program

College is a time to challenge yourself to try new things and push yourself out of your comfort zone.

Be prepared to step outside of everything that is familiar in this study abroad program. You’ll have the chance to live in the cosmopolitan capital of Ulaanbaatar as well as travel with a nomadic family in a rural homestay, all the while comparing this land-locked country with its Russian, Chinese and Central Asian neighbors.

You’ll take an intensive Mongolian language class, conduct your own independent research project and take courses on Geopolitics and Natural Resource Management.

When else will you truly allow yourself to see the world in a brand new way?  Find out more at this website.

Study abroad can truly be life-changing. Have you studied abroad?

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Stephanie Wobensmith is on the road to making her wandering lifestyle a profession. She is pursuing a M.A. in International Education at SIT Graduate Institute in southern Vermont and is currently working at Semester at Sea headquarters in central Virginia. She has also co-managed a backpacker's hostel, coordinated service learning efforts at a community college, and served in AmeriCorps during the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. She has lived in Sydney and Dublin, criss-crossed the country on a Greyhound bus, explored Baja California in a Land Cruiser, and roamed the island of Bali and the Indian Subcontinent. A vegetarian of ten years, she adores vegetarian cheesesteaks and green Thai curry.

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