USAC

Program Reviews

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Anna
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Life Changing Opportunity!

I couldn’t be more happy with my decision to study abroad through USAC! USAC made the process easy and provided all of the students with a lot of support throughout the entire experience. I was extremely happy with my professors and the classes that I took during my semester abroad. I stayed with a wonderful host family and my Spanish improved a ton and I learned so much about the Spanish culture and history through my home stay. I made great friends and got to travel a ton! Studying abroad is truly and experience of a lifetime and I’m very grateful I chose to go through USAC!

Pros
  • Adventure
  • Fun
  • Tourism
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Kiara
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

An amazing experience!

Going abroad has been my dream since I started going to school. It impacted which college I chose; I went to UWEC which has a solid study abroad program. I found this experience to be enlightening and fun. I would also say that it wasn’t without it’s stresses. The Bilbao program was amazing and getting us to do things in the community including a cooking class and a kayaking journey. The teachers were great and very understanding (I got covid my first week there). I felt supported by the program leaders and they helped me through the tough experience of being sick while abroad. The best advice I can offer is to be prepared, make friends when you arrive (friends form fast, something I missed out on from being sick), plan your trips out before leaving, be courteous of the locals, and enjoy as much as you can while there. Also bring a great pair of walking shoes as that is the main mode of transport (although there is a train system and bus system that aren't too difficult to operate). Places to visit and things to try: Guggenheim, Kalimotxo (drink native to Basque country), anything involving baked goods

Pros
  • Super safe
  • Amazing food
  • Nice and helpful people
Cons
  • Being alone (especially when got Covid-19)
  • Adjusting to having less support (mental health wise)
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Christine
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Summer in Seoul

I applied to the 6-week summer program at Yonsei in Seoul. I had so much fun and got to meet so many new people and have a lot of new experiences. As a young woman I was nervous about traveling alone in a foreign country but I felt completely safe both on and off campus. While there I got to see and experience a lot of things I would not have been able to in America including going to a K-pop concert and seeing several traditional Korean Palaces. Seoul is great as there are a lot of traditional cultural elements to see such as the Hangeul Museum and Hanoks but Seoul also has things to do for young people. While I personally like K-pop and went to see a bunch of stuff around that you don't have to be there is a lot of really awesome nightlife and shopping as well. I already knew some Korean which was a huge help but people who didn’t know any Korean also had no problem traveling around the city as lots of things were in both Korean and English or had pictures to help.

Pros
  • Lots of very good food everywhere
  • Very safe
  • Lots to do from tradtional korean palaces and culture to kpop and clubbing
Cons
  • You may get some looks for being foreign
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Cate
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

The experience of a lifetime!

I absolutely adored my experience with the USAC Alicante program! Not only was the staff accessible and easy to communicate with before departure, but once I arrived in Alicante the staff was extremely helpful and helped accommodate myself and all students in every way they could. This program did a great job providing opportunities for students to authentically explore Spain while providing the avenues for independent adventure as well. Alicante is easy to navigate, inexpensive, and has a great airport!

Pros
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to navigate by foot or public transportation
  • Kind and welcoming people
Cons
  • Not super accessible if you do not speak Spanish
  • Some tourists
  • The apartment I lived in did not have an elevator.
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Emma
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad Helped Me Plan for My Future Career!

Throughout my entire undergraduate experience, I was certain that I wanted to work and live abroad after graduation. This was a goal I held firmly in my mind, despite having never been out of the country at all, which is why I made the decision to study abroad. During my senior year, it dawned on me that it would have been a major gamble to move across the world without any prior experience! The London Met Summer I Program was the perfect opportunity for me to determine whether or not my career goal was realistic. The length, one month, was the perfect amount of time to adjust to the city without becoming too homesick. The mix of cultural similarities and differences was varied enough that I was pushed outside of my comfort zone in a helpful way, without being totally confused. The resident director in London for USAC is the coolest person ever and planned incredible activities for our group throughout the month. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is new to international travel and looking to expand their worldview in a fun, but structured way!

Pros
  • A summer program made it so that I did not miss a semester at my home university with my friends.
  • London doesn't technically have a language barrier, although you are still exposed to hundreds of different languages due to the city's diverse population.
  • Our group was very small, so it was easy to get to know each other in a short amount of time.
Cons
  • Our living situation was not fantastic, although it was manageable for a month-long program.
  • A month does not give a lot of time to travel outside of the U.K., so if you are wanting to explore several countries, plan that in advance.
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Alexander
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Life-changing experience abroad!

One of the absolute best programs and best host countries that I could have asked for during my study abroad experience. The community was so welcoming and always excited to meet and learn about us when we were out and about throughout the charming city whether at restaurants/pubs or little shops. USAC also had hands down one of the most amazing host family connections. They created a safe and fun environment for me to live with them, experience their culture, and become friends with them for life. It was great to be invited to all of the big life events going on in their lives that enriched my experience even more. They only downside I have with the program is that during COVID times we felt a little removed from what German students our age are like. While we met plenty around the city and country, it would have been nice to be more immersed with the university students in some way. Other than this, which was expected during COVID, it was one of the best and more enriching experiences of my life. Would 100% recommend!

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Kat
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing!

I love to travel and I am a complete adventure junkie. I loved every bit of my study abroad experience! I got to experience the culture as well as wildlife of South Africa. I would go back in a minute! It was so fun, even the classes! Many of the classes are field based and have at least one field trip included. The program is great and provides you with so much! Many trips and dinners provided that I would’ve never done on my own but there was still enough time for me to explore on my own and see what I wanted to see.

Pros
  • Field trips
  • Wildlife
  • Landscape
Cons
  • No central heat
  • Weather
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Allison
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Perfect Location, Perfect People, and the best time

USAC and University of Brighton did such an incredible job making sure we all felt prepared and ready to go on an adventure of a lifetime. I absolutely loved the amount of trips we had within being there. I was able to learn so much about the culture and about me while studying in Brighton England. Not only that but I was also able to grow and be more accepting of myself. I was also able to beat a ton of things that I was struggling with mentally. Not only did USAC and UoB make us comfortable but they made sure we felt at home the second we landed the plane. I think everyone should go on an experience such as this because one can learn, grow and meet the people that they will continue to call family for the rest of ones life.

Pros
  • The culture was perfect
  • The education was fun as well as helpful
  • Such an incredible and beautiful place also easy to travel around
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Emily
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing Cultural Experience

My time in San Sebastián was exactly what I needed to feel confident enough with my language skills to begin student teaching. I lived with an amazing host family and grew so much in my language confidence. I had amazing cultural experiences (like visiting Basque ciderhouses, farmhouses, museums, and art installations) that I now use as references in my Spanish classroom! I am so thankful that I got the experience of living abroad with a host family, and it definitely prepared me to be a better language teacher!

Pros
  • Amazing location with beautiful beach and local hiking
  • Foodie Scene = 10/10
  • Experience both Spanish and Basque culture
Cons
  • Very academically challenging program
  • No international airport in the city
  • Can be very rainy
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Calla
4/5
Yes, I recommend this program

So Thankful for my Experience

Getting to travel to Thailand was a dream come true for me as someone who had always wanted to travel abroad. I had such a wonderful experience with all of the USAC staff who made sure I was taken care of and ready to succeed at every step of the way. The USAC staff also organized so many informative, cultural, and fun activities for us such as traditional rickshaw rides through the historic part of the city, hikes through beautiful cloud forests and to mountain villages. We also had opportunities to volunteer such as with the National Park rangers to make firebreak to protect the forests from fire. Not to mention the countless beautiful temples we were able to visit. The diverse range of foods to be found also meant that we could try a delicious new meal every day, and it was so affordable! I highly recommend participating in a USAC study abroad program for anyone looking for an accessible and well-supported way to visit and experience life in another country. And please go visit Chiang Mai, Thailand if you have the chance!

Pros
  • A lot of support from staff
  • Several well-organized optional tours provided
  • Excellent food!
Cons
  • Challenges with broken air conditioner, water shut offs at residence, also the beds were VERY hard.
  • Classes felt rather unorganized (I was doing the impromptu Chinese studies program during the pandemic)
  • We were often in quarantine due to any chance of Covid exposure. Local students were also doing all remote classes.