Forum-Nexus Study Abroad

Forum-Nexus Study Abroad


Forum-Nexus has a track record of 32 years as a leader in multi-country summer programs in Europe for students majoring in Marketing, Management, International Business, International Studies, Communication, Economics, Engineering, Nursing, Pre-Law, and more.

What makes Forum-Nexus unique?
- It's a multi-country program, you learn while traveling through Europe, visiting 10 of the most exciting cities.
- Share your European experience with top students from all over the world making life-long friendships.
- Earn up to 9 credits transferable to your college or university.
- Travel with world-class professors who are always on-site to assist you in achieving the best educational experience.
- Visit leading European companies and prominent international organizations and get to interact and network with their executives.
- Improve your level of International IQ which helps you become more qualified in the job market


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Yes, I recommend this program

WHY haven't you applied yet? DO IT..NOW!!!

This trip is definitely one time life experience. It was perfect in every possible way! The staff is so professional in their work, organized, helpful, and fun! You get the chance to travel to 12 different cities, each better than the other. I loved the experience, I got to make friends whom I still talk to and hang out with. Truly, from the bottom of my heart, YOU HAVE TO GO! You won't regret it a tiny bit. Be ready to experience the best trip of your life. Be open to learning about new traditions. Be ready to meet different people. Be ready to tell your family and friends about it!!! I would suggest bringing a friend with you so that you have a greta company that you both will remember the rest of your life, but at the same time, branching out and meeting new people is definitely a plus.

What would you improve about this program?
NOTHING, ABSOLUTELY NOTHING. I feel like the only thing, maybe, is plan ahead of a time for free time. Make sure you visit every place you once wished to go to.
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Yes, I recommend this program

I love Forum Nexus!!

Forum-Nexus was everything I could have asked for in a study abroad program and more. Not only did we have to opportunity to visit so many beautiful cities in different countries around Europe but they did a fantastic job making sure we really experienced the culture of each city. We were lucky enough to attend professional visits to huge international companies and were encouraged to visit as many museums and cultural sites as possible. The people I met during the Forum-Nexus program were what really made this experience so special. I entered the program without knowing a single person and left with a huge family. I had no idea it was possible to meet and make best friends in 4 weeks. All of the professors and directors are so helpful and encouraging and put me at ease before and during the trip. This program was the most amazing experience of my life and I cannot recommend it enough to anyone interested.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
The most nerve-racking moment was the first day of the program. Walking into orientation I was terrified that I wouldn't make any friends or that people wouldn't like me. By the end of the first day, I had made friends. We were all on the same page - we all came in the first day alone as strangers and left as best friends.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best Summer

Forum-Nexus allowed me to explore some of the best parts of the planet! I learned so much and gained great memories!! The month seems to fly by because all the days are packed with fun and educational events. Although it may seem impossible to afford or imagine yourself going alone to unknown countries, it is totally worth it and feasible. I never thought I would be able to travel growing up but this program made it effortless. It allowed me to learn so much and meet great people. The staff is extremely helpful and understanding. The landmarks I saw were amazing and way better than pictures of them. Immersing in the culture of each country is an amazing perspective to experience and helps with understanding that not everyone is the same as.

What was the most nerve-racking moment and how did you overcome it?
Before arrival anticipation. Once you land and meet everyone the nerves are gone.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The best summer ever

This program is really one of a kind! I went to Europe not knowing anyone and never having been to Europe before but quickly made friends that turned into my family. From the moment you step off the plane adventure awaits. We spent all summer exploring the cities we were in and learning about the local culture. I got to visit world famous museums and see iconic sites like the Eiffel Tower. Every detail of the program was amazing from the hotels to transportation. They made sure that any question or problem you had they were there to help you. Classes we all really interesting, and Professor Hugo always made sure you had a good time. One of my favorite parts was paragliding the the French Alps with all my friends, it was truly unforgettable. This program is life changing and recommended it to anyone!

What would you improve about this program?
I thought the program was perfect! There was nothing I would change.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Best summer of my life!

Joining the Forum Nexus summer program in Europe was definitely one of the best decisions I've ever made. I earned university credits by taking interesting courses with the most amazing professors, and got to travel around Europe with a wonderful group of people who I have shared the best memories with. On top of that, I got the chance to network with professionals in various fields and see how they run their businesses. All the hotels that we stayed at were perfect, transportation was well-organized and comfortable, and the classes were all super engaging and interesting. I can't even begin to explain how much this experience has added to my life, and I'm so glad that I went for it because there couldn't have been a better way to spend the summer. Forum Nexus, I love you!!!

What was the most surprising thing you saw or did?
The Mer de Glace in Chamonix was so surreal, as was the Aguille du Midi cable car. Honestly, Chamonix in general felt like a dream!


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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose Forum Nexus because it was a multi-country program. Having never traveled outside of the country before, I loved the idea of getting to explore several places in one trip. Not only did I get to see nine of Europe's biggest cities, but I also had the ability to do some independent travels during the weekends to maximize my time abroad.

What did your program provider assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

The program providers took care of everything on the trip except for independent student-lead weekend excursions. They made all accommodations for hotels, transportation from city to city, itineraries, etc.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

Make the most of your time, 5 weeks goes by fast. Say yes to every opportunity, go on every trip, stay up late, get up early, and do as much as you can. There are endless amounts of things to do academically, socially, and culturally.

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

Most weekdays you go to class in the mornings and then a professional visit or cultural tour in the afternoon. Then, it's dinner time and evenings are free to explore the night life.

On weekends, Forum Nexus hosts their own optional day trips for those who are interested but students can also do their own independent travels on the weekends. Usually one day per week is spent traveling from one city to the next, which is a good opportunity for studying and catching up on classes while on the train or bus.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear?

My biggest fear was the language barrier. On the first day in each new country, Forum Nexus professors would go over some of the basic go-to phrases that might be necessary to use in each language.

For example how to say hello, thank you, how are you, do you speak english, etc. I never found the language barrier to be a problem though because many Europeans speak english and there is english written in train stations as well.

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Did you make a lot of friends?

YES. The social aspect of this trip was one of the best parts of the whole experience for me. You spend 24/7 with these people so you get to know each other very quickly. Within the first 5 days I found myself part of an inseparable group of friends. We became so close that all of us were in tears leaving each other at the end of the trip. There are several people that I keep in daily contact with that I met on the trip and am so thankful Forum Nexus brought us together.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Brandon Locke

Job Title
Admissions Advisor

Brandon is from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Robert Morris University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. His first study abroad experience was a university-sponsored nursing trip to Managua, Nicaragua to provide healthcare to underprivileged communities. Brandon has been working with Forum-Nexus for 3 years as an Admissions Advisor, helping students from all over the U.S. to explore options for their very first experience abroad.

What is your favorite travel memory?

My favorite travel memory is seeing the Eiffel Tower for the very first time. In high school, when we had to choose which language that we wanted to study, I chose French because I wanted to be able to go on the class trip to Paris.

Unfortunately, I was not able to join the trip, but I was able to see the Eiffel Tower on my first trip with Forum-Nexus during our stop in Paris. I think being able to experience it as a young adult was much more meaningful, and I’m reminded of this memory each time I’m in Paris with FN students who are experiencing it for the first time!

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

Being on the Forum-Nexus team has really taught me how to work efficiently in an always changing environment, as our program travels to several different cities and countries in one summer. I have also learned how to communicate through different language barriers and better understand and appreciate people from different cultures. I have been able to take these experiences and transfer them to my daily life.

What is the best story you've heard from a return student?

It is often difficult for pre-med and nursing students to find study abroad opportunities, but we offer several independent study courses related to healthcare and I think that makes us unique. One of our pre-med students from last year shared that he has had multiple interviews for medical school, and in each one of the interviews, he was asked to elaborate on his time and experience with Forum-Nexus. It is amazing to hear that students can use what they learn abroad with us to help stand out to potential employers.

If you could go on any program that your company offers, which one would you choose and why?

Our summer program in Asia is my favorite program that we offer. We visit so many unique and wonderful places in a short amount of time. Each place is different and amazing in its own way, and it’s a perfect opportunity to dive in to the culture and lifestyles of the locals. I also love that, in all of our programs, we offer the opportunity for students to travel independently on the weekends, and there are so many amazing destinations within a short train or plane ride.

What makes your company unique? When were you especially proud of your team?

We are a traveling program that visits multiple cities in multiple countries all in one summer. We live and learn immersed in the culture alongside the local population and we are really able to get a sense of how they live each day. I am especially proud of our team each summer when everything that we have worked for all year long comes together seamlessly. Our team is dedicated to Forum-Nexus and takes pride in the work that we accomplish every day.

What do you believe to be the biggest factor in being a successful company?

I believe that the biggest factor in being a successful company is believing in your product and being passionate about your work. We strive to provide a first-class experience for all of our students and each team member believes that what do every day is amazing. We are here because we all have been a student at one time or another, and first-hand have seen how life-changing Forum-Nexus can be.

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