Want to study abroad on one of the Top 10 Programs from 2012? Look no further than this year’s Abroad101 Study Abroad Rankings, presented by STA Travel!
#1 CEA: AIX-EN-PROVENCE
Taking the top spot overall is CEA in Aix-en-Provence. Aix may be the most beautiful town in France, and CEA’s program combines that beauty with a rigorous, academically focused experience that leaves alumni in awe.
“I had the most amazing experience with my program decision and could not imagine a better place to study abroad.” Caitlin C – University of Tennessee
The Sant’Anna Institute’s program in Sorrento, a majestic Italian village, is known for its small class sizes, intimate setting, and balanced approach to learning both in and out of the classroom, all the while surrounded by some of history’s greatest sites.
The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) in Sydney leads the way in Australia, with students raving about the experiences at both the University of New South Wales and the U. of Sydney. This program immerses students in the local university, while introducing them to life in Australia through a unique orientation that rivals the Amazing Race!
“This was one of the most worthwhile things I have ever done. I learned so much about myself… and was exposed to a completely new culture.” Kyle G – The University of Texas at Austin
#5 UNIVERSITY OF INDIANAPOLIS: ODYSSEY IN ATHENS
By the Beard of Zeus! U-Indy’s branch campus in Athens, a top 10 winner in last year’s rankings, is approaching 23 years of excellence. With full university immersion and great core classes all just a stone’s throw from the Parthenon, this program definitely merits consideration.
“The location, the food, the culture; this study abroad program was unreal. It’s amazing how much you learn about yourself and others by experiencing something like this… Do it! You’ll see.” Katie S – UMass – Amherst
#6 THE EDUCATION ABROAD NETWORK: GOLD COAST – BOND UNIVERSITY
For those interested in Australia beyond the capital, TEAN Gold Coast is an excellent option. Academically housed at Bond and Griffith University, this program is also situated just a few miles from some of the best surfing on Earth!
#7 SEMESTER AT SEA
Can’t decide on one country? How about 12! Semester at Sea, run by the prestigious University of Virginia, has taken the idea of education across borders. Students circumnavigate the globe and gain local perspectives on issues such as foreign policy, ecology, and public health.
“Semester at sea challenged my worldview by exposing me, first hand, to the realities of the world. It changed my future…” Nick P – Western Washington University
#8 AIFS: RICHMOND IN FLORENCE
There is a reason Florence is one of the top destinations for American students. AIFS students are taking university courses in the birthplace of the Renaissance, surrounded by architectural masterpieces in one of Italy’s most charming cities.
“Studying abroad required me to be an independent adult… Traveling to each new place… has inspired me to pursue international law in order to travel more…” Elizabeth O – Manhattan College
#9 AIFS: UNIVERSITY OF SALAMANCA
Founded over 800 years ago, the University of Salamanca is the center of this medieval university town (and a UNESCO heritage site). This AIFS program offers top-notch academics and immersion in Spanish life in an unrivaled setting.
“AIFS in Salamanca was absolutely wonderful. It opened my eyes to another side of the world.” Amanda S – Wright State University
#10 SOL EDUCATION ABROAD: LATIN UNIVERSITY OF COSTA RICA
Sol in Heredia places students in an optimal learning environment. Also ranked in the top language category, this program immerses students in a small city filled with local students, making it easy for students to reach their ultimate language potential.
“Studying abroad allowed me to gain a deeper appreciation for my education…I would not go through any other program.” Adele W – Oklahoma State University
To view all of the 2012 Study Abroad Rankings and to read program reviews, visit Abroad101!