Monday, December 8, 2014

The Main Six

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Education Abroad Office has endless amounts of programs that you could study abroad with. Our office however, likes to highlight our main six study abroad programs. These programs are the universities we have the best relationships with, know the most about and we can guarantee will offer the best support. These six programs are in Italy, Japan, Spain, England, Australia and Fiji. Over 10,000 students from 250 institutions have participated on on our six Education Abroad Programs. These programs have a lot to offer students; a great deal of student support from knowledgeable on-site staff, exciting excursions and co curricular activities, and unique opportunities to integrate into the institution, community, and culture abroad.  They offer students an experience of a lifetime, colorful opportunities and I hope after reading this you find the program just for you!

#1: The American University of Rome, Italy
Rome. Who doesn't want to go to Rome, I know I do. AUR is perched high above Rome on the Janiculum hill, just above the famous Trastevere district.  Founded in 1969, AUR is one of the oldest degree-granting American universities in Italy.  With a total enrollment of about 500 students, the university attracts students from 40 countries worldwide, bringing a unique international perspective to the campus. Occupying a single, self-contained campus, AUR offers spectacular views of Rome.  The campus includes two main buildings, a library, and gorgeous gardens and terraces for studying or enjoying conversations with classmates from around the globe.  The surrounding neighborhood offers a range of shops, restaurants, pubs, and cafes, and all of Rome’s historic museums, theatres, monuments, and galleries are just a short bus ride away, making it easy to experience all that the city has to offer. You can study at AUR over winterim, summer, for a  semester or a full academic year. If that doesn't just sound like the most wonderful Italian adventure, then I don't know what does.

#2: Nagasaki University of Foreign Studies, Japan
When I think of Japan, I think of a very unique and different culture from that of the United States of America. NUFS was founded in 1947 and is fully accredited by the Japanese Ministry of Education.  With a total enrollment of about 800 students, international students from around the world account for nearly 40 percent of the student population, bringing a unique international perspective to NUFS. The current NUFS campus, built in 1996, is located on the northern border of Nagasaki City and its suburb of Togitsu.  Nagasaki, a city of about 500,000 people on the western island of Kyushu, is built around a natural harbor and climbs up the surrounding steep hills. The city boasts spectacular views and proximity to natural sights such as its rugged coastline, beaches, islands, volcanic mountains, and a national park. You can study at NUFS for either a semester or a full academic year. Ready to have your life enriched by a vastly different culture? Then NUFS is just the place for you. For more information please visit the link below.

#3: Spanish-American Institute of International Education, Spain
When I think of Spain I think of beautiful architecture, unique food and a dynamic and happening culture. SAIIE is located in the heart of medieval Seville.  Founded in 1984, SAIIE instructs American students studying abroad through UW-Platteville Education Abroad and offers an intercultural learning experience through academics, excursions, conversation partnerships with native Spanish speakers, volunteer opportunities, and internships.  In addition, SAIIE serves as a language academy for international students wanting to learn English, bringing a unique international and intercultural perspective to SAIIE. Occupying a single, self-contained building, SAIIE is just minutes from many of Seville’s famous sights.  The surrounding neighborhood offers a range of shops, restaurants, cafes, and pubs, and Seville’s museums, galleries, monuments, and nightlife are easily accessed by public transportation or are within walking distance.  With a population of 750,000, Seville has all of the advantages of a big city while still maintaining Spanish charm and culture. You can study at SAIIE over winterim, summer, for a semester or full academic year. Wouldn't you like to be charmed by the Spanish culture? I know that sounds wonderful to me! For more information please visit the link below.

#4: St. Mary's University, England 
Ready to have the time of your life while living in one of the most famous cities in the world? Then this program is just for you. Founded in 1850, St Mary’s University is the only Catholic university in London and the largest in the UK. The Catholic ethos of St Mary's University provides students with a values-based education that is open to all, and where all students and staff are respected and valued.With a total enrollment of about 4,000 students, international students from around the world account for nearly 10 percent of the student population, bringing a unique international perspective to St Mary’s University. The beautiful St. Mary's University campus is situated on the grounds of the historic Strawberry Hill House making it a welcoming community for students. At St Mary's University students get the best of both worlds with our beautiful green space close to the hustle and bustle of Central London only 25 minutes away by train. At the same time students have all the advantages of the restaurants, cafes, pubs, and malls of nearby Kingston and Teddington. You can study at SMU for the summer, a semester or for a full academic year. Wish to see Big Ben, ride the London eye, visit Buckingham Palace and other endless possibilities? Then, SMU in London is the perfect opportunity for you! Visit the link below for more information.
#5: University of Newcastle, Australia  
When I think Australia the typical tourist thoughts come to mind, kangaroos, everyone can surf and an eternal summer,. but Australia has so much more to offer then just those things. UoN is an Australian public university established in 1965 comprised of five campuses.  Conducting groundbreaking research in health and medicine, science and engineering, and energy and the environment, UoN consistently ranks in the top ten universities for research.  And with a total enrollment of about 36,000, the 7,500 international students from 115 countries bring a unique international perspective to UoN. Callaghan, the main and largest campus, is located in the Newcastle suburb of Callaghan, just seven miles from Newcastle city.  The campus is comprised of over 345 acres of natural bushland and includes university buildings and lecture halls, sporting fields, a sports and aquatic center, and four residence halls.  Newcastle city, which is easily reached by train from the UoN campus, has a population of over 155,000 and offers a range of shops, restaurants, pubs, cafes, museums, galleries, and nightlife.  In addition, Sydney is just 101 miles, or two hours by train, away and can be easily been reached for a day or weekend trip. Students can study for an academic year or semester at UoN.You can study at UoN for a semester or for a full academic year. Visit the link below for more information.
#6: University of the South Pacific, Fiji 
Small island, rich culture, numerous beaches and no snow? This program is sounding better and better. I don't know about you, but I wouldn't mind skipping out on the Midwest winter!USP is a public research university owned by the governments of 12 member nations: the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.  With a student population of 22,000, USP attracts students from the South Pacific, Asia, and Europe, bringing a unique international perspective to USP. USP’s largest campus is the Laucala Campus hosts 11,000 students in Fiji’s capital city, Suva, on the island of Viti Levu.  The Laucala Campus consists of two campuses, upper and lower, and is approximately 10 minutes by bus from central Suva.  Suva city offers a wide variety of shops, restaurants, nightlife, cafes, pubs, theatres, and open markets, and there is a range of outdoor activities such as surfing, hiking, and swimming to be done just outside of the city.  With a population of 172,000, Suva has all of the advantages of a big city while still maintaining Fijian charm and culture. You can study at USP for a semester or a full academic year. Outdoor and city activities? Count me in. This program has an endless list of possibilities! Visit the link below for more information.

These are the main six programs UW-Platteville has to offer, don't they all sound just wonderful? I know if I could and I had the funds and time I would go on every single one. These six options have so much to offer a student who wishes to study abroad and are so well constructed. Which in reality every student should have the goal to study abroad because it changes your life and as you get older your commitments only grow, so go now while your young and more carefree. It will not only enrich your education, but your life as well.

I hope I have now sparked your interest in one of our six programs and you will start your application today! Your adventure with Education Abroad awaits!

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