Top 3 Summer Study Abroad Programs

By Sam Feeder , last updated October 9, 2011

The top 3 summer study abroad programs allow students to go overseas to study for one summer and get an education both inside and outside the classroom by living in a country that is completely foreign to them. These programs are available for both high school juniors and seniors and college students of all ages, as this is an experience where a teenager or young adult needs some maturity over the months and weeks that they are out of the country. Many of these best programs offer a number of different places around the world to study and make sure that the programs are both safe and fun, attending to the needs of students. Check out the best 3 listed below.


API, or Academic Programs International, has 14 different countries all over the world where they have programs for students to study in, ranging from Costa Rica to Qatar to Hungary. They are only available for students who are already in college and have two programs per summer in various locations where they also have Fall and Spring semesters available. These programs will allow students to transfer credit from what they learned in class and also have scholarships for those who can't afford the four thousand plus dollar price tag (though this price varies per summer program).


ASA, or Academic Studies Abroad, has summer programs all over South America, Europe and in Costa Rica, each one lasting for about a month to a month and a half. These study programs are a bit more intensive on the Academic side, giving students a taste of what it is like to live and work in a foreign country as a secondary experience. This program is around five thousand dollars but will transfer more credits then other programs.

Semester at Sea

Semester at Sea puts students onto a large boat where they go to class and then travel to different parts of the world. While the Fall and Spring semesters take them around the entire world, the summer program takes them from North America through Europe and into the Middle East and Northern Africa. It is an incredibly memorable experience for any college student.

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