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Student Overseas Travel

Updated on May 26, 2013
Tower Bridge, London
Tower Bridge, London

Spend a semester overseas.

One of the most rewarding experiences for a college student is to spend a semester overseas. Whether it's Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, Australia or North America, it is a trip that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Most colleges and universities have programs for spending a semester or more in a foreign country. Some have cooperative programs with other universities, some have their own programs. Most students will spend a semester, or a full year overseas during their junior year, so you and your parents should be researching and discussing with your advisor well before that.

There are so many sites and so much history to see and absorb. There will be travel opportunities when classes are not in session, giving you a chance to take in the local cultures. In Europe, getting around is relatively easy. When traveling, the rail systems are very affordable, and staying in hostels can save you a fair amount of money. There are student travel cards and discounts available also.

In London, you can visit the Tower of London and it's neighbor, the Tower Bridge. Be sure to see Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, St. Paul's Cathedral, the changing of the guard, or Big Ben and Parliament. Another great place is Windsor Castle and the Royal Borough of Windsor, just a short hop from London. Scotland, Ireland and Wales are not so far and easy to get to.

When you think of France, of course Paris always comes to mind. The City of Lights has so much to offer. Visit the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe, Champs-Elysees, the Sorbonne, or Notre Dame Cathedral, and take in all the history and romance of Paris. Head to Normandy, or the south of France.

Or if your travels may take you to Germany, Austria or Switzerland. Visit Berlin, Munich, Vienna, Salzburg, Geneva, or Zurich. You can't miss with the beauty of the Alps and the Black Forest. Or you can go to Italy, Spain, Greece, or all of Southern Europe and the Mediterranean coast. So much to see, so much history.

You may decide on a trip to the Far East. You might want to consider a trip to Asia. Many choose China, where you can tour Beijing, Hong Kong, the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Shanghai or Macao. Some may consider the US or Canada, or Africa. So many opportunities, so little time.

One thing for certain, if you spend a semester or a year in a foreign country, it will be an outstanding learning experience that you can't get out of any book, and provide you with a lifetime of memories.



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      Carl Madison 7 years ago

      To study abroad in London is one of the best experiences you will ever have. It's one of my all time favorite places. The reason is because it doesn't' matter if you study abroad for 6 weeks or for an entire year, I guarantee you will never run out of things to do or see.