Study Abroad

The 10 Best Summer Study Abroad Programs in 2022

Earn college credits while exploring the world and making new friends. Here are the 10 best summer study abroad programs for 2022!

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 10 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 knowledge and 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 number of verified, recent reviews that program received.

We read the reviews left by community members and check to see what they love, what they hate, and everything in between! 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 Multi-Country Study: Forum-Nexus

The 10 Best Summer Study Abroad Programs in 2019: Forum-Nexus
  • Program length: 3 weeks - 1 month
  • Price point: $$$$
  • What's included: tuition, accommodations in hotels, buffet breakfasts, health insurance, some transportation

Forum-Nexus Study Abroad’s Multi-Country Summer in Europe doesn’t make you pick just one city to study abroad in -- you can study in five, joined by students from around the world.

The Summer itinerary includes stops in Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece; along the way, you can earn up to 9 credits transferable to your school through classes, an internship, or an independent study.

“This program is awesome. I was able to travel to five countries (Spain, France, Switzerland, Italy, and Greece) (this changes based on the year) in just five weeks and it was the best experience. Not only that, but I can genuinely say that I have kept in touch with several people from the program 2 years later.”

Abigail

Program Details

Program:
Ultimate Summer in Italy: 9 Cities in 1 Month with Forum-Nexus
Provider:
Forum-Nexus Study Abroad
Location:
Italy
9.71 Rating
based on 62 reviews
  • Academics 8.6
  • Support 9.7
  • Fun 9.5
  • Housing 9.7
  • Safety 9.6
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Best for Interning & Studying: ESAC

Charles Bridge in Prague
  • Program length: 4 weeks
  • Price point: $$
  • What's included: on campus housing, activities/guided tours, meals, tuition, health insurance, and on-ground transportation

The European Study Abroad Center’s Prague program offers students the chance to spend the summer in the Czech Republic. The program includes courses at the University of Economics in Prague, where you’ll live in on-campus housing alongside other international students. There’s also the option to complete an internship while you’re there.

Not only that, you’ll be spending your summer in one of Europe’s most beautiful cities!

“ESAC offers so much! It is a structured program, yet still gives it’s students the freedom to explore Europe. The directors are awesome and help with any little thing from needing to go to the doctors to planning a weekend trip!”

Michelle

Program Details

Program:
Study Abroad in Prague Next Summer with ESAC
Provider:
European Study Abroad Center
Location:
Czech Republic
Starting Price:
$2,000.00 USD
9.78 Rating
based on 32 reviews
  • Academics 8.8
  • Support 10
  • Fun 8.7
  • Housing 9.8
  • Safety 9.8
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Best for Community Engagement: USAC

Person standing underneath cave atop of stairs
  • 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

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
9.73 Rating
based on 33 reviews
  • Academics 8.1
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9.1
  • Safety 9.8
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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

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
9.56 Rating
based on 103 reviews
  • Academics 9.1
  • Support 9.4
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 9
  • Safety 9.8
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Best for Support: SAI Study Abroad

Four women sitting and posing on a wall in Florence.
  • Program length: 3 - 6 weeks
  • Price point: $$$
  • What's included: tuition, accommodations, airport transfers, 24 hr support, travel insurance, field trips and activities

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
9.76 Rating
based on 75 reviews
  • Academics 7.4
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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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

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
9.67 Rating
based on 30 reviews
  • Academics 9.1
  • Support 9.5
  • Fun 9.8
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.6
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Best for Interactive Learning: CES Maastricht University

The 10 Best Summer Study Abroad Programs in 2019: CES Maastricht University Alum
  • Program length: 6 weeks
  • Price point: $$
  • What's included: accommodations, activities and field trips, airport transfer, on-site support

The six-week Summer Program in European Studies is located at the Netherlands’ Maastricht University. Offered through the Center for European Studies, the program allows participants to take a variety of courses or join study tours that are taught in English. You’ll find courses from across academic disciplines, and you can earn credits toward your major.

“It was such an amazing six weeks filled with great experiences and adventures with new friends that I honestly will never forget. Apart from Maastricht itself being an amazing place to study in for the summer, the people I met and courses I took contributed to the unforgettable experience I had while studying here.”

Haley

Program Details

Program:
Summer Programme in European Studies
Provider:
CES Maastricht University
Location:
Netherlands
9.58 Rating
based on 36 reviews
  • Academics 8.8
  • Support 9.6
  • Fun 9.3
  • Housing 8.6
  • Safety 9.5
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Best for Cultural Immersion: World Campus, Japan

Group of people in traditional Japanese attire.
  • Program length: 3 - 6 weeks
  • Price point: $$
  • What's included: accommodations, activities, airport transfer, meals

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
9.86 Rating
based on 44 reviews
  • Academics 8.9
  • Support 9.8
  • Fun 9.8
  • Housing 9.8
  • Safety 9.8
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Best for Unique Adventure: Seamester

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

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 2022 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:
$6,770.00 USD
9.94 Rating
based on 18 reviews
  • Academics 8.3
  • Support 9.9
  • Fun 9.2
  • Housing 9.3
  • Safety 9.4
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Best for Value for Money: Adelante Abroad

The 10 Best Summer Study Abroad Programs in 2019: Adelante Abroad
  • Program length: 4 - 8 weeks
  • Price point: $$
  • What's included: tuition, accommodations with a family, activities and field trips, airport transfer, on-site support, visa

Adelante Abroad’s Semester and Summer Programs in Spain enables students to improve their Spanish, while taking classes ranging from Economics to Art History.

You can take up to 16 credits per semester and take advantage of the local universities facilities, which include a new library, gym, cafes, and more. At the same time, you’ll get to experience life in Andalusia, a sunny and vibrant Spanish region.

"I spent a fantastic semester in Seville. From the application process to my arrival in Spain and even throughout my time there, I felt very well taken care of and able to concentrate on the most important things: improving my Spanish, experiencing the culture, and getting to know Spain and the Spaniards."

Matthew

Program Details

Program:
Study Abroad in Spain: Semester and Summer Programs
Provider:
Adelante Abroad
Location:
Spain
Starting Price:
$2,800.00 USD
9.63 Rating
based on 8 reviews
  • Academics 9.1
  • Support 8.6
  • Fun 9
  • Housing 9.8
  • Safety 9.6
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Study and Thrive in Summer 2022

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!