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Madison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

USAC- Lyon

It was all a little daunting at first, what with the language classes being really long but it ended up helping improve your language skills faster. I also met some amazing people and hope to keep in contact with them forever. The people you surround yourself with really impact how you see this new and big city and as long as you chose a good one you will have a great time both in and out of the city. There is also a lot of transport available to surrounding cities and countries, it’s really easy to navigate.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Don’t be afraid to try new things or talk to people.
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Caitlyn
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Opportunity of a lifetime and the start of my international life

Going to Gwangju was 2 years in the making when I left for South Korea in February of 2021. Despite the constant concerns about another semester getting cancelled and being stuck back in the US, the program teams both at CNU (the host school) and USAC came through and made the experience so worth the wait. I enjoyed every second there, even cried when I left and now miss my life there terribly. My semester in Gwangju has now encouraged me to pursue going back to South Korea to teach English and going to graduate school overseas. There were so many hurdles to get through because of the pandemic, but I always felt endlessly supported and understood by everyone with my program, and it was amazing to have the opportunity to spend time in Korea even in a pandemic. The locals in Gwangju are some of the most layed-back, caring, and thoughtful people I've ever met, and getting to know people was always so much fun even if my Korean language skill wasn't great. From day one, I felt like I was welcomed by the locals and their immense patience allowed me to dive deep and embrace Korean culture even more. Best. Choice. Ever.

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
I got the chance to eat pig's intestines a handful of times during my stay in South Korea, and also ended up eating raw crab during my final weeks there. As an adventurous eater already, I'm always down to try something new, if only I could get ahold of such delicious, interesting food back home in the USA!
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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Valencia Fall 2021

I would highly recommend going to Valencia with USAC. It was my favorite experience I’ve had in my life so far! The program providers made me feel very welcomed in Spain, and the city of Valencia was so beautiful and fun to explore! I will definitely be going back to Valencia/ Spain in the future. It was a convenient location on the Mediterranean Sea and very easy to travel by train or plane. I met so many great people on this study abroad trip and I would do it over again if I ever got the chance!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take everything in; the time goes so quickly! You will not regret choosing to study in Valencia.
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Jerra
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lüneburg, Germany Summer 2019

I spent 6 weeks in Lüneburg, Germany in the summer of 2019. I made some of the best friends and best memories while I was there. In that short time I visited Köln, Hamburg, Berlin, Paris, Aarhaus, Stavanger, and Bergen. Being able to experience the ease of transportation in the town of Lüneburg as well as Germany as a whole was something I’ll never forget. My classes were just challenging enough and my professors were some of the best educators I’ve ever had. My only regret is not staying longer.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have stayed longer. There are two sessions during the summer and I only attended the first one. If I did it all again I would’ve stayed longer and maybe even done an entire semester abroad.
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Mariah
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Reggio Emilia Italy Review

Studying abroad in Reggio Emilia, Italy, truly changed my life in so many ways. Studying in a smaller town was something I worried about in the beginning. My worries melted away quickly with the charm of this lovely city. USAC staff in charge of this program were amazing. They answered every and all questions had my me and my fellow students.Group trips were well planned and always neat and interesting. I had so much fun exploring this town with my fellow students. On the last day of my program, I didn't want to leave and wished I had signed up for a year program. I met my best friend through this program, we have each visited each other in Ky and Iowa!

What would you improve about this program?
I think it would be fun to meet more of the locals!
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Amity
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Latin America and its Cultures

When Covid hit and the world stood still, this class was a great opportunity to learn about the Latin American Culture. The professor is very knowledgeable about the history and how that has helped shaped the culture into what it is today. As a class, we discussed the history of the culture, food, music, traditions and much more. The professor would have us do research on a topic of interest as well as reading different articles and watching videos. I would highly recommend this class to everyone!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would have made a reading list of all the authors and books we discussed during class so I could continue reading.
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Chyna
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Great Program!!

Had a great experience and I would love to travel there again soon! You will meet a lot of new friends and have an amazing time traveling and discovering new things. There are unique views and foods to try while you’re studying. We went on new adventures every weekend because it was inexpensive and easy to get around on the bus or the ferry. I would definitely suggested to learn Spanish since it will benefit you in the long run. Great county and a great and unique experience. Give Costa Rica a try!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Try to learn Spanish and make sure to have a safe place to carry your expensive items like a Fanny pack!
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Nicole
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Lüneburg, Germany

I absolutely loved this program! The support we got from our program advisors was incredible and I never felt scared, homesick, or worried about covid. I had a blast with everyone on the program and was blessed with the housing I found for myself. My classes taught me everything I needed to know but still challenged me. Lüneburg was the perfect choice for someone who doesn’t want a big city feel. Unfortunately, there wasn’t the same student housing that I thought was going to be offered so I had very little notice to find my own place to stay because I didn’t want to do a home stay. But, it ended up working out very nicely!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would try to be more active on the main campus somehow!
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Natalie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience of my life!

This experience Was so incredible! I came in as a low level german student and now I feel much more confident with my german skills. Additionally, I have learned more about myself and my own capabilities. One of the best things I did Was decided to solo travel through Germany. It is a beautiful country and in so many places I felt so safe as a female presenting Individual. This City, Lüneburg, was so welcoming for individuals and made it comfortable even for people who did not know the City, culture, or language.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Be open to traveling, no matter how far or your time Limit. Regardless of what restraints you have it will be 100% worth it.
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Nicole
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

A Life-Changing Experience

This program truly changed my life- I made life long friends, learned so much about myself, and grew a huge passion for travel! I learned more Spanish than I thought I would and was able to hold conversations. The professors and staff were so helpful and supportive. The side trip by USAC was also a blast, very well curated. I felt as though I really got a grasp of the culture from the classes I took and with conversations with the local staff. I would highly recommend USAC and especially Bilbao, Spain to anyone!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
Pinchos (kinda like tapas) are very popular in Bilbao. I had one with octopus!