Study Abroad

The Best Summer Study Abroad Programs in 2023

From Florence to Tokyo, here are the best places to spend the summer abroad in 2023. Earn college credits while exploring the world and making new friends.

The 10 Best Summer Study Abroad Programs in 2019

While many students choose to go overseas during the academic year, summer study abroad programs are popular, too. They vary in length, so they can be easier to fit into your life. Whatever your reasons for choosing summer, though, you can look forward to all the benefits of the studying abroad experience and using your break productively.

The decision to study overseas might be relatively easy, but selecting the right program from the sea of options isn’t. That’s why we’ve analyzed data from former students’ reviews on Go Overseas and also thoroughly assessed reviews to determine the best summer study abroad programs out there. Past participants have vouched for each of them in terms of providing strong academics, comfortable housing, and safe and fun environments that make for a memorable and worthwhile summer overseas.

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How did we pick these programs?

At Go Overseas, we want our community members to have the resources they need to find the program that best fits their travel goals! To determine the best programs, we considered the overall rating of each program and compared the verified, recent reviews left by community members. The more positive, highly-rated reviews there are, the more confident we feel to give our stamp of approval!

Lastly, we used our own industry knowledge to ensure we're recommending programs that are vetted both by you, the community members, and us, the experts, so that we feel confident the programs included are the best of the best!

Best for community engagement: USAC

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  • Program length: 5 - 10 weeks
  • Price point: $$$
  • What's included: tuition and fees, shared apartment. visa guidance, airport pick, 24 hour emergency support, field trips and activities

Pros:

  • The program is tailored specifically for history, environmental sciences, art, and journalism majors.
  • Includes both cultural and Italian language immersion experiences.

Cons:

  • Availability of certain courses depends on the term, so not all classes will be available during the summer.
  • Limited interaction with Italian university students.

The Italy: Viterbo - Intensive Italian Language, History, and the Arts program from USAC offers students the opportunity to takes courses in journalism, history, art, environmental sciences, and more, while learning Italian and exploring the gorgeous medieval university town of Viterbo, Italy.

Viterbo is a small, charming town, away from the typical English speaking tourist areas of Italy. In addition to the many included field trips, students will also have the chance to travel to Southern Italy for an optional field study, where they can enjoy fun activities such as sailing, horseback riding, or exploring the local mountains and beaches.

Through a mix of practical and sociocultural activities, you’ll learn about the country’s traditions and folklore, as well as engage with Viterbo residents. You'll grow your knowledge far beyond the classroom in this program!

"Studying abroad was always something that I had dreamed of and I am so happy that I chose to go. Meeting people in the program who also had that mindset, that zest for life, was incredible."

Madeline

Program Details

Program:
Italy: Viterbo - Intensive Italian Language, History, and the Arts
Provider:
USAC
Location:
Italy
4.94 Rating
based on 34 reviews
  • Academics 4.25
  • Support 4.75
  • Fun 4.7
  • Housing 4.65
  • Safety 5
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Best for short-term study: Oxford Royale Academy

The 10 Best Summer Study Abroad Programs in 2019: Oxford Royale Academy
  • Program length: 2 weeks
  • Price point: $$$
  • What's included: tuition, accommodations, meals, field trips and activities

Pros:

  • Programs are available for students ranging from age 8-25.
  • Students from all over the globe intermix with over 170 nationalities being represented in 2019.

Cons:

  • The program is relatively costly for being hosted in a single location and lasting a short duration.
  • Courseload includes a significant amount of work for the program length.

Oxford Royale Academy’s Summer Study Abroad attracts students from all over the world. There, you’ll live in either a manor house or one of the University of Oxford’s colleges for the duration of the two-week courses.

Subjects include everything from Engineering to Creative Writing and Chemistry to Archaeology, and there are also cultural and recreational activities to complement your studies.

“This experience was life changing! I got to meet so many amazing people from all of the world, with different experiences and knowledge. Everything that I have seen, heard and learnt and everyone I have met while being in ORA helped me realize something about myself and my future career.”

Katarina

Program Details

Program:
Summer Study Abroad in Oxford, England
Provider:
Oxford Royale Academy
Location:
England
Starting Price:
$4,060.00 USD
4.93 Rating
based on 103 reviews
  • Academics 4.7
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.8
  • Housing 4.65
  • Safety 4.95
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Best for support: SAI Study Abroad

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  • Program length: 3 - 6 weeks
  • Price point: $$
  • What's included: tuition, accommodations, airport transfers, 24 hr support, travel insurance, field trips and activities

Pros:

  • Program includes a "survival Italian" language class.
  • SAI is known for its strong support in coordinating all aspects of the study abroad experience.

Cons:

  • While there are many courses taught in English, the options are limited.
  • Reviews indicate program housing is relatively small.

Join around 500 students from around the world at Florence University of the Arts (FUA). Students interested in studying in English can pick from a range of subjects including Digital & Studio Arts, Literature & Creative Writing, and the Natural Sciences. Outside of class, there are a variety of events and excursions organized by the university.

FUA prides itself on providing stellar support to study abroad participants before, during, and after their time in Florence. This means that students will have help with applications and visas, housing, health insurance, and more.

“SAI was also very helpful and provided a great program. They set up our housing, health insurance, different events and excursions (book-making workshop, cooking class, day trips to Siena, Lucca, etc.). Even in the chaos and unknowns of the beginning of the pandemic, the on-site staff was sweet, competent, and as helpful as they could be.”

Brianna

Program Details

Program:
SAI Study Abroad: Florence University of the Arts (Italy)
Provider:
SAI Programs
Location:
Italy
Starting Price:
$4,250.00 USD
4.93 Rating
based on 75 reviews
  • Academics 3.95
  • Support 4.85
  • Fun 4.7
  • Housing 4.8
  • Safety 4.85
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Best for hands-on fieldwork: CYA

The 10 Best Summer Study Abroad Programs in 2019: CYA
  • Program length: 4 weeks
  • Price point: $$
  • What's included: tuition, accommodations, transportation, some meals, activities

Pros:

  • Programs are short and content-dense, with 60 contact spread across 4-weeks
  • Classes are experience based

Cons:

  • The short duration means this is a fast-paced program with less time to travel outside of included learning activities.
  • Athens is very hilly so if you have mobility issues it might be challenging to get around.

College Year in Athens boasts experience-based opportunities for learning. The Study in Greece Summer Program makes the most of the country’s rich history, offering visits to archaeological excavation sites, different islands, and more.

You’ll take one course during four-week sessions that consist of 60 contact hours, and then in your free time, you can enjoy a beautiful Greek summer.

“My time with CYA was the best academic and personally formative experience of my life. I took two summer courses, and both the professors were outstanding. Between engaging lectures and meaningful site visits, I felt like I was growing academically without missing any of the social opportunities of study abroad.”

Sarah

Program Details

Program:
CYA - Study in Greece (Summer Program)
Provider:
CYA (College Year in Athens)
Location:
Greece
4.92 Rating
based on 37 reviews
  • Academics 4.7
  • Support 4.9
  • Fun 4.95
  • Housing 4.8
  • Safety 4.9
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Best for cultural immersion: World Campus, Japan

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  • Program length: 3 - 6 weeks
  • Price point: $
  • What's included: accommodations, activities, airport transfer, meals

Pros:

  • There are various program lengths to choose from, including 3, 6, and 9 weeks.
  • Program includes many culturally immersive activities.

Cons:

  • This program has an intense cadence of activities, so be prepared to be tired.
  • There is limited language training to teach basic words and phrases.

World Campus in Japan gives students the chance to take academic classes in English while immersing themselves in the local community. Students live with Japanese host families and integrate with members of the community to bridge cultural, political, and social understanding. Students in World Campus' Japan program come from over 15 different countries which will allow you to learn from your classmates both in and out of the classroom.

“When you participate in the World Campus Japan program you get to experience Japan in an entirely different way, almost as a local. You get to experience home stay, which is the most exciting part of the entire program. You get to experience home cooked Japanese meals, which are delicious. You also get the chance to see how your host family lives, what they do for fun, etc.”

Johnny

Program Details

Program:
World Campus - Japan Program
Provider:
World Campus International
Location:
Japan
Starting Price:
$2,600.00 USD
5.00 Rating
based on 46 reviews
  • Academics 4.65
  • Support 5
  • Fun 5
  • Housing 5
  • Safety 5
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Best for a unique adventure: Seamester

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  • Program length: 2 - 4 weeks
  • Price point: $$$
  • What's included: accommodations, activities, equipment, meals

Pros:

  • This program will provide unique access to a diverse set of remote areas.
  • Learning is experiential and part of the lifestyle on-board.

Cons:

  • Seasickness can be a genuine concern.
  • Life on a ship requires signifcant work.

If you're looking for a unique, hands-on study abroad experience overseas, check out the Virgin Islands to Antigua - 20 Days program offered by Seamester. In this 20 day program, you'll sail 360 nautical miles, gain credits, and return home as a certified scuba diver.

More importantly, you'll also come back with a new sense of confidence and personal responsibility, new friends, and set of skills that you can take with you beyond academics!

Seamester is currently accepting applicants to come aboard their 2023 voyages!

"Sea|Mester is an experience of a lifetime. I would do it 100+ times over. You'll create personal and professional connections, expand your mind, think in a different way, challenge yourself, and most importantly, grow."

Kelsey

Program Details

Program:
Seamester: Virgin Islands to Antigua - 20 Days
Provider:
Seamester
Location:
Multiple Countries
Starting Price:
$6,970.00 USD
5.00 Rating
based on 22 reviews
  • Academics 4.35
  • Support 5
  • Fun 4.7
  • Housing 4.8
  • Safety 4.9
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Best for language immersion: CET Greater China

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  • Program length: 8 weeks
  • Price point: $$$
  • What's included: tuition, on-campus accommodations in dormitory, out-of-classroom activities

Pros:

  • Students live with Chinese roommates, increasing immersion.
  • One-on-one lessons and experiential learning activities are included.

Cons:

  • Expect hot and humid weather during the summer.
  • The program has an intensive curriculum that will require a lot of work.

CET provides students with various language programs and internships throughout five Chinese cities. As Chinese is the most widely spoken language on Earth, CET Greater China offers students an intensive language immersion experience that will develop their written and spoken Chinese skills while earning course credit. With small class sizes and plenty of activities outside the classroom, students will gain a deep insight into Chinese culture while simultaneously improving their language skills.

"CET was so helpful with getting us amazing & convenient apartments, planning weekend trips, etc. One of the best parts of CET was that their office was super accessible (walk-in, M-F), so I went there whenever I had any questions. When I got hurt and needed to go to the hospital, Geoblue (the insurance that CET provides) paid for all my expenses and the CET helped me through the process so that I would not have to pay out of pocket."

Wendy

Kelsey

Program Details

Program:
CET Greater China
Provider:
CET Academic Programs
Location:
Multiple Countries
Starting Price:
$7,890.00 USD
4.77 Rating
based on 133 reviews
  • Academics 4.55
  • Support 4.8
  • Fun 4.4
  • Housing 4.45
  • Safety 4.85
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Study and thrive in summer 2023

Whatever your academic goals or interests, there is likely a summer study abroad program on this list to match them. These programs are truly the best of the best, and you can feel more confident knowing that Go Overseas students have not only tried them but thrived in them. Have a great summer studying abroad!