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Just the name "Tahiti" causes study abroad students to daydream of tropical flowers and exotic adventures. The island is the product of volcanic mountains and warm tropical waters, and for decades people from around the world have flocked to see it's tangled jungles and beautiful coral reefs. Paul Gauguin painted his most famous works on the island, and it's easy to see his fascination with this magnificent place. As of the largest Islands in French Polynesia, the island still has a distinct French-feel.
Modern Tahiti remains influenced by the French, Polynesian, Melanesian, and Micronesian peoples - and Pacific Island Studies majors find Tahiti a fascinating place to pursue their studying abroad. This country provides a great setting for the study of human and physical geography.
Le Marche in the capital Papeete is a two-story market place where students can stop for a traditional lunch. While you're there, pick up some monoi, a strongly scented tahitian oil which is used to tan and moisturize your skin. You can also update your wardrobe with a pareu. This is typical tahitian clothing that can be tied into many different ways (a cover-up, a dress, shorts, a shawl) and can also be spread out as a picnic cloth or a beach towel.
Study abroad students looking for a white-sand beach, clear blue skies, and the opportunity to fall into a sun-induced coma under a palm tree need to look no further than Tahiti. Beautiful sights and spectacular underwater dives - what more could you ask for? Spend time on the island and you'll know exactly what all the hype is about.
Don't let the cost of studying abroad deter you- many scholarships are available to help you make your dream of studying abroad into a reality. Be sure to check with your university for other funding opportunities!
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