USAC

Provider Reviewer Verified

USAC is a non-profit organization made up of 33 U.S. member universities that has provided quality and affordable study abroad programs for over 30 years. USAC currently offers programs in 26 countries at 46 program sites and provides a broad spectrum of assistance with housing, visa assistance, academics, field trips, internships, field study courses and more from the point you apply, your arrival and stay, to your transcript and re-entry.

USAC study abroad programs on Go Overseas

Programs from USAC Study Abroad

  • Study Abroad in Alicante, Spain
    Spain
    Study abroad for a summer, semester, or full academic year with the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) at the...
    42 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Staff Interviews
    Community Photos
    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Puntarenas, Costa Rica
    Costa Rica
    Study abroad with the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) in Puntarenas, Costa Rica next January (short-term),...
    25 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Staff Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • USAC Study Abroad Program in France
    France
    USAC welcomes students to come study abroad for a summer, semester or academic year term at the University of Pau in France...
    20 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
  • Study Abroad in Bilbao, Spain
    Spain
    USAC welcomes students to come study abroad in Bilbao/Getxo, Spain at the University of the Basque Country! Located to the...
    18 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study Abroad in Torino, Italy
    Italy
    USAC is working in collaboration with the highly regarded School of Business Administration at the University of Torino to...
    16 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Staff Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study with USAC in Germany
    Germany
    In Luneburg, a beautiful, historical city dating back more than a thousand years, USAC students study intensive elementary,...
    14 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
  • Study Abroad in Bangalore, India
    India
    Spend next semester or academic year in Bangalore, India with the University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) at Christ...
    13 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
  • Study Abroad with USAC in Costa Rica
    Costa Rica
    Study abroad next summer, semester or academic year with USAC in Heredia, Costa Rica. All USAC courses during the Spanish,...
    13 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study Abroad in Viterbo, Italy
    Italy
    USAC and Tuscia University in Viterbo, Italy have partnered up, offering an exciting study abroad program for students...
    13 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
  • Overlooking rooftops in the Czech Republic
    Czech Republic
    USAC has partnered up with Charles University to give students a unique study abroad experience in Prague, Czech Republic....
    11 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study Abroad with USAC in Madrid
    Spain
    Study abroad next summer, semester or academic year at the Universidad Rey Juan Carlos in Madrid, Spain with USAC! Students...
    11 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • Spain
    The San Sebastian program opens an academic window on the Spanish and Basque people, introducing you to the rich diversity...
    11 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • USAC Students Eating Dinner in Thailand
    Thailand
    USAC has teamed up with Chiang Mai University to offer students the chance to study abroad in Thailand this summer, semester...
    7 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
  • Study Abroad with USAC in Brighton, England
    England
    Spend next summer, semester or entire academic year studying abroad in England at the University of Brighton! Brighton is...
    7 reviews
    Alumni Interviews
    Community Photos
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Brazil
    The Florianopolis program offers students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the incredibly diverse and dynamic...
    7 reviews
    Community Photos
    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days

Program Reviews

  • Madison
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Ohio
    1/10
    Sexually Assaulted Outside School
    05/01/2016

    I was having a difficult time because I was told most people in Torino spoke English and that really was not the case. However, I thought I could get through it until I was followed by a man who kept exposing himself to me. He attacked me on a bridge right outside school and I had to spend time with the Italian police who are very disorganized. I did everything I could after that to get away from Torino.

    Was this review...?
    Useful 0 Inspiring 0
  • John
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Charlestown, South Carolina
    8/10
    Overall worth it but important to note a few things to see if it's for you
    04/29/2016

    Ok this review is going to be very blunt and honest. I'm not going to try and sound a certain way in order to fit in and to stroke my ego like in most other reviews. First I'll talk a little about the program, then the city, and finally the people. All names in the review are fictional.

    A little about the program:
    I studied abroad there in 2015. Overall it was a great experience, but it could've been a bad choice if I didn't do things my own way, fortunately I did. Studying abroad anywhere is a great investment, and you will learn a lot. When I was there, USAC Floripa was pretty new so there was still a lot of things that needed worked out in their system. They had some woman as their housing coordinator who wasn't very good and caused some problems (thankfully she doesn't work there anymore). The program does a decent job of accommodating you and making you feel comfortable, but in some ways this overextension of accommodation kind of makes you feel like a child, and creates an environment where americans only communicate with americans. It's human nature, but I found it amusing how much Jane Doe and Ashley thought they were being cultural, outgoing, and independent, but in reality did 90% of things in their little nucleus of american friends and were absolutely terrified of being truly independent and assimilating into the culture. If you go, think about how you want your experience to be and do what you want; don't feel pressured to fit into the USAC clique just to fit in, because once you leave you probably won't see 95% of these people ever again. Aside from a couple of good professors, the classes were a joke and really hands on. Expect a lot of presentations and busy work, expect classes to begin at the crack of dawn, and expect to walk to class everyday or take a bus, it could take you 15 to 35 minutes depending on where you live, so be prepared to walk a lot and plan ahead for your classes, because they are all super strict on attendance.

    The city:
    Florianopolis is a great city. It has to be the most versatile city in Brazil; it has the amenities of a big city with the safety and beauty of a smaller city. If you like beaches, hikes, and nature in general you will love it there. Also, if you like amazing parties and beautiful people you will love it there. If you're a straight male, you will fall in love with the city, and be in heaven. The local girls are sweethearts and on average gorgeous. You will see a massive difference between the local girls and the low maintenance american girls in your program. To all guys reading this: if I could give you advice please don't get sucked into the USAC games and try to put yourself out there and meet some local women (and make some Brazilian friends OUTSIDE of USAC). Go to the parties by yourself or with a couple of other like minded buddies and just have a blast, it will literally be the funnest times of your life. As far as getting girls goes there is more opportunity in Floripa than any city in the U.S by far. At the university you will be attending, they have these HUGE parties bi-weekly that have free alcohol and tons of girls. Generally when you go out there will be more girls than guys, and on average they are all gorgeous. But, that doesn't mean that it will be easy. Along with being super beautiful the local girls are also well educated, have a lot of respect for themselves, and have close tight-nit families; they don't need some random gringo guy that is only there for a couple of months and doesn't speak their language or understand anything about their culture. Do as best as you can to learn the language and a bit about the social culture before you go so you can fit in with the locals, it will go a looooong way, and you will regret it if you don't learn some of each. Expect to be aggressive and take the lead when you go out with girls, gender roles are more polarized in Brazil; men are men and women are women. I can't tell you how many american guys in the program were way to passive with the local women and literally didn't date around the entire time they were there, this is pathetic, don't be that guy. Brazilian girls there are used to and like it when a guy takes the lead, so don't be afraid.

    The locals:
    I have read in numerous articles how the locals of Florianopolis are the friendliest in Brazil, in my opinion and the opinions of several other americans, this is total garbage. The majority of locals are some of the most arrogant people that you will encounter in Brazil. They are the elite of Brazil, and generally view the rest of the Brazil as being a totally different country compared to 'their south'. The majority also hate Brazil and will look at you like you are crazy for visiting their country. In general, don't expect to be treated like royalty just because you are American, and in some cases expect to get treated rudely. People here see a lot of tourists and will not hold you to a higher regard just because you are foreign. Although all of this is true, there also exists a lot of really nice down to earth people that live there, so don't let this scare you. They are arrogant by Brazil standards, which means they are still cool. Once you meet some cariocas (people from Rio) you'll see what I am talking about. I found it super interesting how much the locals despise Brazil and talk about how it's a shit hole. The locals love everything about America and american music, movies, and entertainment, but once they actually meet an American exchange student the majority of them seem a bit distant and cold at times; they treat you like you are some sort of alien that they can't relate with so there is no point in trying. In general there are two kinds of people on the island: people who are open to meeting exchange students and being friends with them, and people who for whatever reason will not give you a chance just because you are foreign, don't take it personal and find the ones who are open. Think about it like this: at your home university in the U.S, do the coolest people hangout with the foreign exchange students that they can barely even communicate with? No they don't, in fact, they will probably feel like losers if they hangout with the exchange students; people will judge them. Same concept in Brazil. USAC provides local Brazilian language exchange partners from UFSC, but the majority of them are a bit dorky. My advice: learning the language as best as you can before you come completely changes this, and opens up a whole other demographic of locals to hangout with. Do yourself an immense favor and learn as much as you can before you come, put yourself out there as much as you can, and be as social as possible.

    Final verdict:

    If you want to live a versatile lifestyle where you hike amazing trails, visit deserted beaches, and party at some of the best venues in the world with the hottest girls, I'd say go. For the money, USAC does a pretty decent job, but check other programs such as ISA to see if they are a fit for you. Overall the city can get a bit bland and boring by Brazil's standards for a couple of months out of the year (May-September). Since it is a small city, it can get a little bit cliquey at times (a lot of people know each other), but it shouldn't be an issue for a temporary stay. Best time to go would be spring semester, but if you go in the fall you will also have a blast. Both Fall and Spring semester have their pros and cons: Spring semester is super oversaturated with tourists, but it is when the best events are, fall semester is laid back with only locals, but it can get a little quiet on some weekends. Overall the Spring semester will be their summertime and the weather will be the nicest. Don't be a pandering little yes man like most of the kids that attend the program; do your own thing and live your own experience. Don't let Carly the chubby, boisterous American girl suck you into her awkward drama. Do as best as you can to meet your own people and do your own thing outside of USAC.

    How could this program be improved?

    Stop trying to make the classes so hands on, and try as best as you can to promote an independent student lifestyle for the kids in the program. It's nice that in study abroad programs the students develop strong bonds with one another, but at the same time I think it holds them back from assimilating into the local culture. It's nice that you provide students with opportunities to take dance classes and such, but the classes are mainly for USAC students. Encourage the kids to go out their and find their own things, this is the essence of studying broad and will provide the best experiences. Oh and another thing, the students should NOT be forced to take an intensive portuguese class at the beginning of the semester that counts as a credit toward their transcript. They should at least have the option to audit the class.

    Was this review...?
    Useful 1 Inspiring 1
  • Savannah
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Reno, Nevada
    University of Nevada Reno
    10/10
    An all encompassing experience
    04/20/2016

    When I first arrived in Alicante, it was in a state of anxiety. The woman with whom I was going to live was suddenly uncertain that she could take me in, as her mother had been taken to the hospital, with the worst seemingly inevitable. The USAC staff was so supportive during this terribly uncertain time, making sure I was kept in the loop and constantly working to resolve this issue. Everything worked out for my housing situation and was able to have a wonderful host mother. Yet the USAC staff never abated in their dedication to making my experience, and all the other participant's experiences the best they could be. They made themselves available and worked hard to ensure that field trips and outings were offering the greatest potential for enjoyment to the students.The area of Alicante begs for enjoyment and provides it, with fun downtown areas, beautiful local beaches, hiking, and so much more. I loved Alicante because of what it gave me, which was a real love for Spain.

    Was this review...?
    Useful 0 Inspiring 0
  • Michael
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Reno, Nevada
    University of Nevada Reno
    10/10
    Life Changing
    02/08/2016

    This program is designed with the students in mind. The program advisors are there every step of the way for the students with the full intention of providing a better experience for them. The city is located right on the Med and is just a short tram ride away from the school. The local people are extremely nice and patient, especially when trying to practice your Spanish. The city provides great public transportation including a bus to and from the airport. All housing locations are centered around the city center and no more than a 10 minute walk to the beach.

    How could this program be improved?

    Obviously no program is perfect, but flawless is not out of the question. It is tough to comment on change that I would like to see within this program. Nothing stands out to me in regards to something that needs a change or improvement, therefore, I would like to decline to comment on how this program could be improved.

    Was this review...?
    Useful 0 Inspiring 0
  • Joanna
    Age: 25-30
    Female
    Oakland
    California State University- Chico
    10/10
    Study Abroad in Viterbo
    02/05/2016

    I have had many experiences abroad, either traveling, volunteering or studying and I can honestly say that my semester in Viterbo is one of the top most memorable experiences of my life (if not the top!). I lived with two Italian students who graciously accepted me into their home and routines. Every evening we would meet for appertivo's at the local bar, then make our way back to our apartment and cook a gourmet meal, eat around 11pm or so, and then depending on the night of the week go to the local disco. In small town Viterbo, it is really easy to fall into the routine of the locals. Cappucino's in the morning, class, siesta, class, the passiegata, happy hour and appertivo, cooking, and red red wine. The USAC support staff was amazing- and I made a ton of friends through that program. We continue to travel together and have maintained solid friendships eight years later.

    How could this program be improved?

    Stricter screening process of applicants? I shudder when I think about some of the other students who studied abroad that semester- they were very closed off and rude to the local community. The stereotypical "ugly American".

    Was this review...?
    Useful 1 Inspiring 0
View All Reviews