College is the time to explore yourself and the world around you, and what better what to do that than in another country? Studying abroad is a great opportunity to throw yourself in an unfamiliar environment, learn how you adapt to new situations, and immerse yourself in a new culture! Most schools offer some sort of study abroad program, but some schools definitely put more weight on it than others. Whether you’re someone who just might want to study abroad or someone who already knows they definitely want to, here’s a list of the best schools to study abroad at (in no particular order):
1. Goucher College
A small liberal arts school, Goucher College believes studying abroad is so essential to a student’s experience that they require all their students to study abroad at least once. With around 60 programs in 32 different countries, you can intern, volunteer or study for either 3 weeks, a semester, a summer or a whole year at your choice country.
2. University of Washington
Whether it’s for language, career or academic development, UW has up to 500 different programs in 72 different countries — an incredibly diverse number. Many of their programs are also faculty-led, and so the curriculum as well is usually designed by a UW faculty member.
3. Georgetown University
With 120 programs in 40 different countries, it’s no surprise that 57% of Georgetown’s undergraduates study abroad at least once. Georgetown even three satellite campuses in three countries: Alanya, Turkey, Fiesole, Italy and Doha, Qatar! There, Georgetown students can take regular DC classes taught by visiting faculty in a new cultural environment.
4. Dartmouth College
Over 50% of this Ivy school’s undergraduates study aboard, and for good reason. As a smaller Ivy, all of Dartmouth’s study abroad programs are faculty-led. Study and earn Dartmouth credit at one of their partnered schools in Milan, participate in a fellowship in Africa, or do an internship in China; the possibilities are endless!
5. Duke University
Duke takes pride in its Global Education for their students. Whether for a semester or a whole summer, students can participate in Duke-In programs, where Duke faculty are directly involved as students learn at partnered institutions. Rome, India, South Africa or Singapore — it’s all there!
6. University of Delaware
Launching the first study abroad program in America in 1923, UDel Study Abroad recently celebrated its 90th anniversary in 2013. The Institution for Global Studies coordinates about 100 short-term, faculty-led programs a year! UDel offers summer, spring, fall and winter sessions for all students interested in study abroad, ensuring many opportunities for their students to learn in another country.