Abroad101.com Cool Program of the Week – Round River Conservation Studies


Round River Conservation Studies is a non-profit organization that offers students unique, field-based study abroad programs in North America, South America, and Africa. These programs vary from 6 week summer programs to full semester programs.

The following aspects characterize a Round River program:

Small group size (5-10 students)
Field-based (students are camping for much or all of the semester)
Hands-on, interactive learning
Research (students conduct fieldwork and gain valuable research skills)
Cultural exchange (students often work alongside local people, and/or have opportunities to interact with the local community)

Round River is dedicated to conservation strategies that preserve and restore wild places; they strive to develop and support traditions that sustain wildness. These efforts are anchored in the principles of conservation biology, supported by field research and community planning. The name, Round River, is taken from Aldo Leopold’s essay Round River, along with the idea that ecological study enriches one’s personal land ethic.

Our programs bring students to remote places to conduct real research and contribute to real, local conservation efforts. These experiences enhance a student’s sense of place, and allow students to work alongside Round River’s conservation staff as well as our local community partners. This often involves a good dose of adventure, cultural exchange, and personal growth.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit:


5 Reasons to Intern Abroad in Cuba

Capitolio building Havana, Cuba with vintage old american cars

Capitolio building in Havana, Cuba with vintage American cars

With the historic visit of President Barack Obama, along with numerous other celebrities who have flocked to the “Pearl of the Carribbean”, -including The Rolling Stones, Beyoncé, Jay-Z and the Kardashians, to name a few,- Cuba is a trendy place to be. Here’s why you, too, should consider not only a visit, but an internship abroad on the beautiful island.

  1. Take advantage of the historic moment

After over 50 years, commercial flights from the U.S. to Cuba have started again just this year, as The New York Times reports here. There’s no Starbucks on every corner (yet) and no McDonald’s either (also yet).

For some fields, such as journalism, this is a particularly exciting time to report on Cuba. By completing a journalism internship abroad in Cuba, you can get a head-start on your future career, and return home with a portfolio of published work about a country that is continually in the news.

  1. Boost your CV with a great adventure

    TRINIDAD CUBA - SEPTEMBER 12 2015: Cienfuegos is a charming waterfront city situated on the bay of the same name.

    On the way to Trinidad, Cuba, a UNESCO World Heritage city

An internship abroad will boost your CV and increase your chances of getting hired, as a recent IES study reports. Combine that with a great adventure, traveling to a country that has

been off limits to the general U.S. population for such a long time. Those who have visited Cuba will be able to tell you it is like traveling back in time; cowboys, horses, carriages and more still abound in colonial cities like Trinidad.

  1. Gain international experience and improve your Spanish

Interning abroad in Cuba is not the same an interning back in the U.S. An article in Entrepreneur.com reported that “the average internship at home doesn’t even begin to compare to living in a foreign city, learning new things and enjoying cultural differences while gaining invaluable career experience.”

International experience can give you a head-start when it comes to future job applications. In upcoming interviews, you can cite examples of the cross-cultural communication skills you acquired when collaborating with the locals, which is particularly useful in career fields such as non-profits, international agencies, and can even come in handy at bilingual law firms, which brings us to the next point.

  1. Improve your Spanish skills
    Portrait of cuban woman in Havana, Cuba

    Portrait of a Cuban woman in Havana, Cuba

    Spanish is more and more widespread in the U.S., and in some jobs, a requirement. We particularly recommend staying at “casas particulares”, meaning family-owned homes, throughout Cuba. Here, you will have a Cuban family at your disposal at all times, allowing you to gain insight into their local culture, and helping your practice your language skills. Many of them are keen to learn English, so you could even do an “intercambio,” meaning that you speak to them in English for 30 minutes, for example, and then they speak to you in Spanish for another 30 minutes. Be curious and ask lots of questions!

  1. Experience the local Cuban lifestyle and landscapes
Camaguey Cuba old town listed on UNESCO World Heritage

Camagüey, Cuba, another UNESCO World Heritage Site

Beautiful white cabriolet vintage car before the beach in Varadero Cuba

Beautiful white cabriolet vintage car at the beach in Cuba

Cuban people are some of the friendliest in the world, as many tourists will tell you. Here’s just a few ideas for what else you could be doing in your free time in Cuba. Some internship programs, such as those we run at RGNN Academy, include many of these directly in the program:

  • Visit UNESCO World Heritage sites such as Cienfuegos, Camagüey and Trinidad
  • Trace the footsteps of Hemingway in the capital Havana
  • Lay on the crystal clear beaches
  • Travel through the Viñales Valley to explore sugar and tobacco plantations
  • Try your hand at Cuban salsa and listen to Cuban music
  • Come watch a Cuban baseball game
  • Check out the classic cars in Havana and all across the island

Don’t miss this unique momento to intern abroad in Cuba! You won’t regret it!


About the author

Andoni Bengoechea Puigvert is the International Programs Coordinator at ROOSTERGNN Global News Network and ROOSTERGNN Academy, where he supervises the Travel Journalism & Photography Internship Seminars in Madrid, Spain and Cuba (http://rgnn.org/academy/). Connect with him on RGNN’s social media profiles: Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin and Instagram, or sign up for the RGNN Newsletter.

The 3 Most Affordable European Countries For Studying Abroad Where You Get Bang For Your Buck




Summer 2016 has come to a close, which means summer 2017 is just around the corner. It’s time to start investigating summer study abroad programs. If you’ve had your eye on Europe but just cannot decide on which country to go to, we’ve narrowed it down so that you don’t have to. Here are the three best and most affordable European countries to study abroad in where you’ll get bang for your buck.


germanyGermany is special, above all, for the fact that students can now study for free at public universities. It’s an encouraging step forward for Europe as a whole, especially when compared with the ongoing student debt crisis in the United States.

Thanks to the German government’s efforts to empower its students, you can now study and live in one of the most advanced and innovative nations in the world. You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy some of the world’s finest beer while chatting with locals. You’ll see the world from a new perspective, all while receiving a stellar education.

Private universities will typically cost around €1,000 (approximately $1,100 USD) per term, and the education tends to be of a higher quality. That said, the highest ranked university in the country, LMU Munich, is a public institution. International university ranking company Times Higher Education ranked LMU Munich in the top 40 in the world. And just to add to the appeal, Munich, along with Berlin, is among the most cosmopolitan cities in the country.

The only setback is the cost of living. But if you plan to live on a budget, you have plenty more options in less touristy cities. There are a total of 109 public universities throughout the country of Germany, and they’re all free and waiting for you to apply.

Bear in mind, however, that this new free tuition policy is not without its flaws. The Guardian reported that many public universities are finding ways to tack on hidden fees to compensate for the lack of tuition income. So keep an eye out for administration costs and other such charges.



The French take their higher education very seriously, which means that if you choose France as your destination, you can rest assured that you’ll be in good hands. You’ll have upwards of forty different cities to choose from, all of which have higher education institutions with study abroad programs.

And as far as costs go, France rivals Germany. Forget a summer term. A bachelor’s degree in France will cost you no more than €200 EUR (about $225 USD) per year! A master’s will only cost about €260 a year. Specialized degrees like medicine can be a bit higher, but are still not even comparable to what a medical student must go through in the US. Of course, that is assuming that you are accepted. Particularly in the case of specialized schooling, admissions are extremely competitive. Let that act as incentive for you to get down to studying.

If you do manage to get in, you will see some of the most historic regions, art and architecture in the world. And, by default, you quite possibly will pick up a bit of French. Especially if you are living in Paris, you may notice that the French don’t always mix so nicely with Americans. But as is the case with the German elders, the more French you speak, the easier time you’ll have breaking that cultural barrier.



In January of this year, U.S. News voted Italy the best country for studying abroad. It’s dripping with history and culture. And it embraces a far more relaxed, party lifestyle to a much further extent than the other two countries on this list. And while on the topic of history, Italy is home to the single oldest still operating university in the world.

Tuition is unlikely to exceed €1,000 EUR per year, although it varies by institution. Regardless of which university you choose, a summer program will be more than reasonable.

Additionally, of the three countries in this list, Italy is the most affordable in terms of cost of living. Everything from food and drinks to rent in cities like Florence or Rome will run you less than what you would be paying in Paris or Munich.

If you’re careful with your money, you shouldn’t have to spend any more than €1,000 per month for everything, including entertainment and the obligatory living expenses, even in cities like Rome. For less known cities you can cut it down to even less.

Perhaps the greatest strength and simultaneously the greatest weakness of Italy is the language barrier. Some students in the past have expressed frustration over the fact that professors are sometimes less than fluent in English. This can limit communication, which is especially frustrating in cases where students are seeking extra help.

The education itself is solid. But without a basic to intermediate level of Italian, you may encounter some undesirable obstacles in your academic experience. In any case, language skills are as sought after of a professional skill as ever, so you would ultimately benefit from the challenge if you were to embrace it as such.

Studying abroad is your first opportunity to truly escape from the bubble you were raised in. It’s an opportunity to see the world through a new set of eyes. Take this opportunity in stride. From Abroad101, we sincerely hope you found this helpful. Did you agree with our list? Let us know in the comments section below.


Matt Dancis writes for Language Trainers, a language tutoring company that teaches any language, anytime, anywhere. It has native speaking instructors throughout the world who give customizable private or small group classes either in person or on Skype. Take one of their free language level tests. Matt is from Philadelphia and has spent the past several years living in Argentina and Colombia, splitting his time between writing and teaching English. To contact Matt with any questions, email him at matt@languagetrainers.com.


This Week’s Abroad101 Cool Program is AIFS in Cannes, France


Known worldwide for a film festival, Cannes is a vibrant seaside city in the South of France.  More than just a Mediterranean beach resort, this week’s Cool Program is AIFS in Cannes where as a student you can see much of what tourists miss.  Spend a semester, academic year, Maymester or summer studying at the Collège International de Cannes where courses are taught in English or French. No previous French language study is required, but if you want to really boost your French, you can choose an optional homestay.

france-cannes-aifsLive on campus in the residence hall overlooking the Mediterranean Sea or immerse yourself in the culture living in a French homestay.
You’ll enjoy cultural and social activities such as day trips to St. Tropez, Monaco, Antibes, Grasse and Ile Sainte Marguerite. A 4-day trip to Paris and 2-day trip to Provence are also included. Optional excursions include a 3-day trip to Florence, Italy and a 2-night London stopover before the start of the program. Summer students choose a 4, 6, 8, 10 or 12 week program, with four different sessions available. AIFS offers a Maymester Program to coincide with the Cannes Film Festival, and spring semester students have the opportunity to intern or volunteer during this world-renowned festival.

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Need a Great College Essay Topic? Learn about our Cool Program of the Week on Abroad101


This week’s cool program is for those thinking about college, consider The Experiment in International Living next summer.  Small groups of students pursue a common theme by learning and visiting notable sites, then immerse in the local culture with a home stay.  Life-Changing is a common comment, plus you can tell your parents it will give you a GREAT TOPIC for your COLLEGE ESSAY!

It’s for High School Students –

The Experiment provides 3-, 4-, and 5-week summer programs for high school students who want to connect deeply and engage meaningfully with the richness and complexities of another country.

Programs equip students not only with essential cultural and, in many cases, language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions we visit. Students explore the host country through hands-on experiences in local communities and through the lens of a specific theme.

The Experiment groups are small, typically comprising 10–15 students who represent a range of backgrounds. Experimenters should expect to learn about the diverse cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds that exist within the US and around the world.

To learn more or apply to this program please visit: