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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IES Abroad Auckland Direct Enrollment – University of Auckland
New Zealand
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IES Abroad Madrid Summer
Spain
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IFSA: Study Abroad Programs in Ireland
Ireland
9.58 •19 reviews

Come study abroad in the Republic of Ireland with IFSA! Six different...

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IES Abroad London Summer – UK Today
England
9.69 •13 reviews

The IES Abroad UK Today Program provides you with the opportunity to...

USAC
Thailand: Chiang Mai - Culture, Politics, Business
Thailand
9.29 •17 reviews

USAC has teamed up with Chiang Mai University to offer students the...

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Germany: Lüneburg - German Language, European and Sustainability Studies
Germany
9.21 •24 reviews

In Luneburg, a beautiful, historical city dating back more than a...

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IES Abroad Sydney Summer – Society, Sport & Leadership
Australia
9.88 •8 reviews

It’ll be hard to sit still while you’re studying abroad in Sydney this...

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IES Abroad Arles Summer – Study in Provence
France
9.27 •11 reviews

This program gives you a rare opportunity to immerse yourself in...

USAC
India: Bengaluru - Culture, Society, and Global Perspectives
India
8.21 •24 reviews

Spend your first, or your next, study abroad experience in India at...

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CAPA Florence: Study & Intern Abroad
Italy
9.77 •48 reviews

An enchanting, awe-inspiring and culturally rich global city, Florence...

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IES Abroad Cape Town Summer – Health Studies
South Africa
9.55 •11 reviews

Designed for students interested in health-related careers, this...

USAC
Shanghai, China - Chinese Language and International Business
China
9.15 •13 reviews

The University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC) offers this exciting...

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IES Abroad Salamanca, Spain – Language & Culture
Spain
9.6 •10 reviews

Salamanca’s fame lies in the prestige of its university and the...

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IES Abroad Berlin Summer – Language & Culture
Germany
9.6 •10 reviews

This program combines the development of language skills with English-...

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IES Abroad Dublin Summer – Irish Studies
Ireland
9.89 •9 reviews

If you're interested in learning about Ireland's political and social...

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Where should I study abroad in Ireland?

    There are several cities that are popular to study abroad in Ireland. The capital city, Dublin, is probably the most well-known destination and the international airport hub most students fly into. Other locations include Cork, Limerick, and Galway.

  • Why is Ireland a good place to study abroad?

    Absolutely, Ireland is a great place to study abroad. There are a number of reasons students love studying in Ireland, including the ease of learning (since almost all courses are taught in English), less culture shock, affordability compared with other European study abroad destinations, and renowned Irish hospitality. Oh, and Ireland is open to students in 2021!

  • Can you study abroad in Ireland this summer?

    While international travel is still precarious due to border closures and health requirements like masks and testing, it is still possible to study abroad in Ireland in summer 2021. You'll want to ensure you check on all of the requirements to enroll in a study abroad program in Ireland, get a student visa, and comply with any national and city health requirements on arrival. As long as you do that, you can still have an unforgettable study abroad experience in Ireland this year.

  • How much does it cost to study in Ireland in the summer?

    For students who are not from the EU, tuition typically ranges between $4,000 to $5,000 for a summer in Ireland. Students also need to consider airfare costs, other program fees, vaccinations, and visa fees.

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