If you don't want to study abroad in spring or fall, summer is a perfect alternative. You can spend a season exploring a new destination, enhance your education, and come back to campus with a world of experiences. Even better, many summer study abroad programs are shorter and more budget-friendly than semester-long alternatives.

If you want to study abroad in summer 2018, you're probably craving warm weather. In this case, look to destinations in the northern hemisphere. Here are some of the most popular summer study abroad destinations

The most popular destinations for summer study abroad programs are in Western Europe, including countries like Spain, Italy, France, and Greece. In all of these places, expect hot weather and lots of sunshine in the summer months.

Other popular but more off-beat destinations for summer abroad include Japan, Ghana, and Costa Rica. As in every other season, London is also a popular destination for summer study abroad.

(Don't forget: if you're looking for summer study abroad programs in destinations like Australia and New Zealand, the seasons are opposite! The warm weather months of May through August in the northern hemisphere are winter in the southern hemisphere.)

If you're headed to a warm-weather destination for a study abroad program in summer 2018, pack warm weather clothing plus some options for cool evenings. Don't forget that many destinations also have cultural sites where you may need to cover up, so a pair of trousers or leggings and a light jacket can make sure you have an appropriate outfit for any occasion.

Also don't forget to bring sunscreen, as this is a product that can vary from country to country, and you may find it hard to find the right product to protect your skin from the summer sun.

In the summer of 2021, there are some exciting events you may want to plan to travel for. Here are some of the highlights.

  • I'sola de Cinema -- June and July in Rome, Italy
  • Boryeong Mud Festival -- July in Boryeong, South Korea
  • Bastille Day -- July 14th in France
  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival -- August in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • La Tomatina -- August 26th in Buñol, Spain

Summer Study Abroad Programs

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EF International Language Campuses
EF Language Year Abroad in Costa Rica
Costa Rica
9 •3 reviews

Study Spanish in an adventurer’s mecca. Learn how to surf, explore the...

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CEA Study Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic
Czech Republic
9.56 •34 reviews

Study in the heart of ancient Bohemia: Prague! With a growing economy...

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CEA Study Abroad in Paris, France
France
9.12 •42 reviews

Imagine spending a semester in Paris, the embodiment of fine art...

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CEA Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain
Spain
9.31 •26 reviews

Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, features a cosmopolitan...

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CEA Study Abroad in San José, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
9.79 •14 reviews

San José, the capital of Costa Rica, blends urban life and natural...

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CEA Study Abroad in French Riviera, France
France
9.63 •16 reviews

With its 300+ sunny days a year, world-class museums and galleries...

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CEA Study Abroad in Granada, Spain
Spain
9.8 •15 reviews

Granada has it all! This multicultural utopia features stunning...

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CEA Study Abroad in London, England
England
9.6 •20 reviews

If you’re looking for a cosmopolitan experience filled with art, music...

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CEA Study Abroad in Alicante, Spain
Spain
9.23 •13 reviews

Nestled on Spain’s stunning Costa Blanca, Alicante features white sand...

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CEA Study Abroad in Grenoble, France
France
10 •7 reviews

Experience the beauty of Grenoble! Located at the foot of the French...

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CEA Study Abroad in Florence, Italy
Italy
8.43 •14 reviews

Capital of Italy’s Tuscany region and known as “the cradle of the...

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CEA Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain
Spain
9.4 •10 reviews

Home to roughly 4 million inhabitants, Madrid is Spain’s primary...

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CEA Study Abroad in Dublin, Ireland
Ireland
9.63 •8 reviews

Home to hundreds of U.S. corporations, Dublin is the perfect place to...

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CEA Study Abroad in Galway, Ireland
Ireland
9.75 •4 reviews

Explore Ireland’s western coastline and learn what makes Galway the...

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CEA Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina
8.7 •10 reviews

Often called the “Paris of South America,” this multicultural city...

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