Full Semester Programs
More than 100 programs to choose from.
Are you looking to study abroad for an entire semester or two? The University of Hartford's Study Abroad programs offer you opportunities to travel and learn all over the World. With more than 100 programs to choose from in over 50 countries, there is a world waiting for you to explore.
Your Full-Semester Options
Interested in exploring a new part of the world? Why not check out Africa and learn more about the various cultures there. Students can choose from programs in Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, South Africa, and Tanzania.
Botswana is a beautiful country located in southern Africa. Students would study at the University of Botswana in Gaborone, which is about nine miles away from the border the country shares with South Africa. In addition to new classes, students also have the opportunity to participate in local and regional excursions (such as the National Museum, Orapa Diamond Mine, the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, the Mokolodi Game Reserve, Bahurutshe Cultural Village, etc.), and you can volunteer, do research, or find an internship.
University of Botswana (CIEE)
Choose Ghana and spend the semester in Western Africa! You’ll take classes at the University of Ghana which is ranked 7th best university throughout Africa. The university is located 7.5 miles away from the Ghanaian capital city of Accra, and – fun fact! – you would be 3 degrees north of the equator in a region that includes wildlife parks, pristine beaches, and rainforests. Popular excursions have included visits to slave castles, learning about the local Ashanti people, visiting cocoa farms, botanical gardens, and monkey sanctuaries. Students can also participate in an internship, or community service.
University of Ghana (CIEE)
SIT’s program in Kenya focuses on Urbanization, Health, and Human Rights. Students learn the local language (Kiswahili), complete a research project, and the class topics cover contemporary societal challenges such as health and access to healthcare, rapid urbanization, and human rights. Previous students on this program have also visited Rwanda to explore progress in healthcare reform and medicine and spent time in Uganda at Lake Victoria.
Global Health & Human Right (SIT)
Students interested in Morocco can choose from three different programs. CIEE’s program is based in Rabat, and focuses on the country’s culture and language (you can choose to study either Arabic or French). Fun fact—the city of Rabat was founded in 1146! SIT offers two programs in Morocco, both also based in Rabat. With SIT, you can either focus on Multiculturalism and Human Rights or Journalism and New Media; both programs allow students to learn the Arabic language, take classes in the subject, and complete a research or field studies project. Students on the journalism program have the opportunity to learn how to gather news in other cultures, find sources and conduct interviews, collaborate with Moroccan journalism students, and produce an original, full-length feature (previous pieces have even been featured in professional media outlets!)
Language & Culture (CIEE)
Field Studies in Hournalism and News Media (SIT)
Migration and Transnational Identity (SIT)
Want to study abroad in South Africa? You have 4 programs to choose from! AIFS offers students the chance to study abroad in Stellenbosch, 40 minutes from Cape Town; students will study at Stellenbosch University, and will also have the option to do volunteer work while abroad. CIEE students will be based in Cape Town, home of Table Mountain and one of Africa’s most popular tourist destinations. Students can either study at University of Cape Town or CIEE’s study center, and previous excursions have included visits to Robben Island, Cape Flats, watching a rugby or cricket game, and visiting rural cooperatives outside the city. SIT’s South Africa program focuses on Community Health and Social Policy and is based in Durban. Students have the opportunity to learn the language (isiZulu), stand at Africa’s most southwesterly tip (Cape Point), and see wildlife in Kruger National Park.
Stellenbosch University (AIFS)
Cape Town Global Institute (CIEE)
University of Cape Town (CIEE)
Community Health and Social Policy (SIT)
Multicultural and Human Rights (SIT)
Social and Political Transformation (SIT)
CIEE students will study community development, language and culture in Iringa, Tanzania. Some of the community challenges discussed involve hunger, disease, gender inequality, HIV, sanitation, water issues, deforestation, climate change, and poor education. In addition to classes, students work with the locals, design an original research project, do some volunteer work, and learn the Swahili language. Students on IPSL’s program in Tanzania will have the opportunity to take classes and complete a service learning program in Arusha, the country’s capital city.
Community Development, Language & Culture (CIEE)
Ever thought about spending the semester in Asia? Now you can! Spend a semester or two exploring this continent and learning more about countries such as Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Nepal, Singapore, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Students on API’s program in Bhutan will study at the Royal Thimpu College, the country’s first private college, in the city of Thimpu, Bhutan’s capital city. This is a wonderful opportunity for students to really experience the Bhutanese culture as it is relatively free of western influences. Previous excursions have included trips to Thailand, as well as other field trips to monasteries, various districts around the country, museums, markets and bazaars, and the Takin Zoo. In addition to classes, students can elect to do an internship as well.
You’ve got 4 options if you want to visit China. Interested in learning the language? Then EF Language Programs in Shanghai is the program for you. CAPA’s program in Shanghai lets you take classes AND do an internship abroad. Want to just take classes in Shanghai? You can choose from API’s partnership with East China Normal University and TEAN’s program with Fudan University. Excursions will depend on the program you choose, but some options are trips to Beijing, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Wuzhen, the Great Wall, Chengdu, Nanjing, local museums, food tours, and acrobatics shows. Fun fact – did you know Shanghai means “Upon-the-Sea”
Interested in India? You’ve got options! SIT offers two academic and research programs: Public Health, Gender, and Community Action, and Sustainable Development and Social Change –based in New Delhi and Jaipur respectively, and both offering students the chance to learn the Hindi language. Students can study at the University of Hyderabad through AIFS, a program that allows students to take classes in English with local students, and participate in excursions such as a 6-day tour of the Golden Triangle. Interested in studying Buddhist Studies? With Carleton Global Education (formerly Antioch Education Abroad), now you can!
Want to learn Japanese? Consider participating in EF Language Program’s Japanese immersion language program. Our exchange partner Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka is an excellent choice for students interested in focusing on Asian Studies. If you want to be in Tokyo, IES Abroad offers a language and culture program through Kanda University of International Studies, and CIEE allows students to take arts and sciences classes at Sophia University. Did you know Japan has 142,000 square miles of total land space? With 13.6 million people it’s also one of the most densely populated place on earth.
SIT Study Abroad runs two programs in Nepal (Development and Social Change, and Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples), both based in Kathmandu, and both offering students the chance to study the Nepali language. Students studying development and social change will look at political conflict, international development, global markets, and emerging civil societies and how they relate to redefining Nepal. Those interested in the Tibetan and Himalayan Peoples program will learn about Tibetan Buddhism, Theravadin and Newar Buddhist traditions, religious tourism, pilgrimages, meditations, and retreats. These students can also conduct their independent research in Nepal, India, Bhutan, or other approved locations. Fun Fact—three University of Hartford students have studied abroad in Nepal since spring 2016!
This is the perfect program for business students as you’ll be studying at Singapore Management University, which is AACSB-accredited and one of Asia’s top business schools. Did you know the university’s accounting, finance, business, and management programs are ranked 50th across the globe? Possible excursions include a tour of Chinatown, a trip to Pulau Island, a cable car journey to Sentosa, tours of the historic Singapore River, botanical gardens, Sultan Mosque, and the Disappearing Trades Tour.
Students have three options for studying in South Korea. If your primary interest in learning the language, consider EF Language Programs’ intensive Korean language program. You also have the option to study at local universities – Korea University with TEAN and Yonsei University with CIEE. Both options allow you to take classes with local students, and include field trips such as visiting temples and museums, local villages, national parks, historic sites, the demilitarized zone, attending a K-Pop concert, and the opportunity to enjoy a taste of family life with a short homestay over one or two nights. Did you know Seoul has 9 UNESCO World Heritage sites?
Spend the semester in beautiful Chiang Mai, Thailand’s cultural capital! Courses here focus on Southeast Asia- and Thailand-related subjects such as art, history, international relations, political science, and Buddhism. Students take classes at the local university, and will learn Thai through the language classes and partnerships with local student buddies. Some of the previous cultural activities have included a Thai cooking class, watching a local football game, and a trip to the southern islands. CIEE also offers students a Community Public Health program in Khon Kaen in the northeastern part of the country. On this program, students get to go on community visits to assess community public health needs and build relationships with the locals, and it includes a comparative study excursion to a different country (possible Laos or Vietnam) and an overnight excursion at the “Elephant Lover Home” in the Surin Province. Interested in Service Learning? IPSL’s program Chiang Mai offers a perfect balance between studies and giving back to the community.
Can’t decide between Vietnam and Cambodia? Now you don’t have to! TEAN offers students the chance to visit both countries as part of the same program. You’ll start first in Chiang Mai, Thailand where you’ll take classes at the local university, visit the Elephant Nature Park, do a homestay in a local Thai village, take a Thai cooking class, and visit the Doi Inthanon National Park, and the southern islands. Then you’ll travel to Vietnam where you’ll take classes at Hoa Sen University and visit the Mekong Delta on an educational excursion. Want to give back to the community on your program? IPSL’s service learning program has students based in Hanoi while they take classes, work with the local communities, and get to know Vietnam.
Want to spend time overseas with beautiful landscapes and beaches, and study at internationally ranked universities? Then Australia and New Zealand are perfect for you. Previous students loved studying abroad at Australian universities while living next to the beach, and students who return from New Zealand always wish they stayed longer! You’d be hard-pressed to find a bad picture of either of these beautiful and friendly countries.
Interested in studying abroad in Australia? Your first step is to figure out which location you want to be based in. We offer programs in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Newcastle, Wollongong, Townsville (all on the eastern coast) and Perth on the west coast, all of which are wonderful cities both big and small. TEAN Students have the opportunity to spend their orientation at the Great Barrier Reef in Cairns, and TEAN also offers students the opportunity for travel to other parts of the country or even internationally (such as Thailand or New Zealand) depending on the program you choose. Interested in a homestay option? CAPA’s Sydney-based program is the only Australia option so far to offer one!
Brisbane—Griffith University (TEAN)
Brisbane—Queensland University of Technology (TEAN)
Brisbane—University of Queensland (TEAN)
Gold Coast—Bond University (TEAN)
Gold Coast—Griffith University (TEAN)
Melbourne—Deakin University (TEAN)
Melbourne—La Trobe University (API)
Melbourne—Monash University (TEAN)
Melbourne—RMIT University (TEAN)
Melbourne—University of Melbourne (TEAN)
Newcastle—University of Newcastle (TEAN)
Perth—Murdoch University (TEAN)
Perth—University of Notre Dame, Perth (TEAN)
Perth—University of Western Australia (TEAN)
Sydney—International College of Management (TEAN)
Sydney—Macquarie University (TEAN)
Sydeny—Global Institute (CIEE)
Sydney—University of New South Wales (TEAN)
Sydney—University of Notre Dame, Sydney (TEAN)
Sydney—University of Sydney (TEAN)
Sydney—University of Technology (TEAN)
Townsville—James Cook University (TEAN)
Wollongong—University of Wollongong (TEAN)
Similar to Australia, students visiting New Zealand must also decide where they want to be–North Island or South Island, city life or nature, etc. On the North Island, students can study in New Zealand’s capital city of Wellington or in the country’s largest city, Auckland (home to about 1.5 million people). On the South Island, students can live and study in the beautiful city of Christchurch or in Dunedin, home to New Zealand’s oldest university, University of Otago. To start off the program, students will spend their orientation in Queenstown, widely known as the adventure capital of the world. Did you know it’s been said there are more sheep than people on the South Island?
Auckland—AUT University (TEAN)
Auckland—University of Auckland (TEAN)
Christchurch—Lincoln University (TEAN)
Christchurch—University of Canterbury (TEAN)
Dunedin—University of Otago (TEAN)
Palmerston North—Massey University (TEAN)
Wellington—Massey University (TEAN)
Wellington—Victoria University of Wellington (TEAN)
Looking to see as many countries abroad as you can fit into one (or two!) semesters? Europe could be the way to go! Students can choose to spend the semester in any of the 20 countries we currently offer. You can choose a “traditional” country like England, Italy, Ireland, or Spain, or go off the beaten track with a “non-traditional” European country like Croatia, Hungary, or Iceland.
Interested in Austria? You can choose to spend the semester in either Salzburg (birthplace of Mozart) or Vienna (home to Haydn, Beethoven, Mahler, among others). In addition to Mozart’s birthplace, students in Salzburg at the University of Salzburg can visit the Festung Hohensalzburg (Central Europe’s largest intact fortress), the Princely Residence, Europe’s oldest restaurant (St. Peter’s Abbey), and follow in the footsteps of the Trapp family made famous by the Sound of Music film. Vienna, Austria is perfect for those interested in music – IES’s program in Vienna is one of the most popular destinations for Hartt students as some of the course offerings and program features include music history, music theory and composition, performance studies, private lessons, local instrument rental and storage, and the Music Performance Workshop.
Students can study business, communications, and culture on CIEE’s program in Belgium. The program takes place in Brussels, which is Belgium’s capital, the economic and political capital of Europe, and the headquarters of the European Union, meaning there are many different international institutions and diplomats within the city. Previous students have also gotten the chance to visit Luxembourg, France, the Swiss border, and other local activities such as the Museum of Fine Arts or one of the country’s famous chocolate factories. Fun fact – there are three main languages spoken in Brussels: French, Dutch (Flemish), and English.
Croatia lays along the Adriatic Sea and is an up-and-coming tourist destination. Students get to live and study in the city of Dubrovnik (referred to as “the pearl of the Adriatic’ by Lord Byron), and one of the top 10 best medieval walled cities throughout the world. Not only are you living in a medieval city, but you’re close to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world and numerous natural wonders. Possible excursions include visits to Bosnia, Italy, Montenegro, the Plitvice Lakes National Park (the oldest national park in Southeastern Europe!), Split – Croatia’s second largest city, the Elafiti Islands northwest of Dubrovnik, and Zagreb, Croatia’s capital city.
The Czech Republic is a fantastic location for students interested in cinema, architecture, economics, or general studies. Students on CIEE’s film program study at the Prague Film and Television School of the Academy of the Performing Arts (FAMU), and will produce either a feature-length screenplay or a short 16mm film including pre-production, production, and post-production throughout their semester in Prague. Architecture students will study at the Architectural Institute of Prague – the first international school of its kind – and will participate in a project that will look at improving city living. AIFS offers two options for students in Prague; business students can take classes at the University of Economics, and those interested more in general studies would take classes at Charles University. Fun fact – did you know the Prague Castle area is so large, it would take 7 football fields to cover it completely?
DIS offers students 25 academic programs and over 250 different elective courses. Students will select an academic focus course that includes two study tours, usually one around Denmark or Sweden, and the second one internationally depending on the course subject. Additionally, many of the elective classes will also include an excursion outside of the classroom. DIS also offers one of the broadest ranges of housing options to its students – you can choose from a homestay option (one of the most popular options), a living and learning community, a residential community, a Kollegium (student housing with other international and local students), and other options.
Where to begin?! Students interested in England have many different options to choose from. Most of our options are based in London—students can study at University of Westminster through API, a traditional city campus that gives students the real “Londoner” experience. University of the Arts is perfect for those students interested in the arts (did you know UAL is made up of 6 colleges each focusing on a different discipline?). Students interested in studying at centers instead of larger universities, they can through CIEE or CAPA. If you’re looking for an academic challenge, you can study at University College London through CIEE or at Oxford’s St. Catherine’s College through IES – both institutions are ranked in the top ten universities in the world. Students can also study at Regent’s University and live on campus – the only partner university in London to offer this option! If you’re looking for England, but outside of London, University of Leeds in northern England is perfect for you.
CAPA: The Global Education Network (CAPA)
University College London (CIEE)
London Global Institute (CIEE)
City University (IES)
Oxford: St. Catherine's College (IES)
University of Westminster (API)
University of the Arts (API)
University of Leeds (API)
Regents American College London (RACL) / RACL Video
As with England, students have quite a few options available if they’re interested in studying abroad in France. If your main goal is to develop your French language skills, then you will want to consider API’s Sorbonne language and culture program, AIFS’s language program in Cannes, or EF Language’s programs either in Paris or Nice. Art students may want to choose either Parsons program in Paris through API, the Marchutz School of Fine Arts, or the SPEOS International Photography School in Paris. If you’re more interested in general studies, you’ll find those programs as well! Fun fact – did you know there are 38,000 works of art in the Louvre Museum?
Ecole de Management, Grenoble (AIFS)
University of Paris IV, Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (AIFS)
Institut Catholique de Paris–Language and Culture Studies (API)
Parsons Paris Art & Design (API)
Sorbonne–Language and Culture Studies (API)
Paris Global Institute (CIEE)
Learn French in Paris! (EF Language Programs)
Aix-en-Provence Liberal Arts Program (IAU)
Aix-en-Provence Marchutz School of Fine Arts (IAU)
Business & International Affairs in Paris (IES)
French Studies & Business on the Riviera in Nice (IES)
SPEOS International Photography School: Paris (Direct enroll)
Germany offers students a variety of different options, both in location and subject matter. CIEE offers programs specifically for business students (with the option to do an internship as well as classes), and for architecture and design students. There are also general study programs in Berlin through API, CIEE, and IES, and a general studies program in Freiburg through IES. Interested in learning or perfecting your German? EF’s language program in either Berlin or Munich would be a great option. We also offer programs through the Baden-Wurttemberg Exchange program managed by UConn – students can choose from one of nine schools in the region based off their academic interests and language ability. This exchange program is perfect for those students on tuition abatement or tuition exchange benefits. Did you know 44% of Berlin is made up of recreational areas, parks, rivers, and woods?
Baden-Württemberg Exchange (10 universities to choose from)
Freie Universitat Berlin (API)
Berlin Global Institute (CIEE)
Global Architecture & Design in Berlin (CIEE)
Berlin: Business and Culture (CIEE)
Learn German in Berlin or Munich! (EF Language Programs)
IES Berlin (IES)
IES Freiberg (IES)
Students can choose to study abroad in either Athens (the capital city) or up north in the city of Thessaloniki. In Athens, students can find general classes at the American College of Greece, as well as do an internship or participate in volunteer opportunities. In the northern part of the country, students will study at the American College of Thessaloniki; possible course subjects include business, international relations, history, politics, and computer science. Regardless of where you choose to study, Greece is an excellent starting point for the rest of your European travels!
This is another non-traditional location perfect for someone interested in studying in Europe, but not in the touristy countries. Classes at the Corvinus University of Budapest focus on humanities and international business; one of highlights of the program is learning Hungarian through the language class and tandem partner program which connects you with a local student who wants to show you all the wonderful things about the university and city. Students on this program can participate in excursions such as a visit to the Danube Bend at Esztergom and Visegrád (both cities were at one point the capitals of the country), the Busó Carnival in Mohács, the Roman, Ottoman, and Habsburg monuments in Pécs, the 12th century baroque town of Szentendre, and international excursions to places like Transylvania in Romania; Krakow, Poland; and Prague, Czech Republic.
There are two options for students interested in studying abroad in Iceland. Hartt students can take advantage of a special exchange program with the Iceland Academy of the Arts in Reykjavik. Non-Hartt students can study at Reykjavik University. Either way, you’ll have the opportunity to study abroad in a beautiful and up-and-coming destination that is on everyone’s bucket list. As the capital city of Iceland, Reykjavik is the world’s most northern capital, and is socially progressive, and very technologically advanced.
As with some of the other countries, there are quite a few locations to choose from so the first step would be to narrow down which part of the country you want to be in. The capital city of Dublin has the most options for students to choose from: Trinity College, University College Dublin (UCD), Dublin City University (DCU), and Maynooth University. Of those four, Trinity is most centrally located as it sits right in the heart of the downtown area; both UCD and DCU are located a little outside of downtown Dublin but still within the city itself; Maynooth is about 30 minutes outside of Dublin by train but has a traditional “Irish” feel to it. Outside of Dublin, students can choose to study in Cork (Ireland’s second largest city), or in Galway or Limerick – if you’re interested in a traditional Irish city feel, the latter two would be perfect for you!
University College Cork (Direct Enroll)
National University of Ireland, Maynooth (API)
National University of Ireland, Galway (API)
Trinity College Dublin (API)
University College Dublin (API)
University Cork College (API)
University of Limerick (AIFS)
Dublin City University (CIEE)
Griffith College, Dublin (CAPA)
Burren College of Art (Direct Enroll)
Like England and France, students interested in Italy have a lot of programs to choose from. If you really want to improve your Italian language skills, EF’s language program or API’s program in Taormina would be the best options. If you’re interested in art, the University of Georgia’s Cortona, Italy program offers options for arts majors (in the past, professors from the Art school have taught there as well—making it easier for those in trickier arts majors like Illustration to spend the full semester overseas), and the Studio Art College International (SACI) program is perfect for painting, photography, art history, etc. If you’re interested in architecture, ISI offers an architecture-specific program for students in Florence. You can find general studies courses at other institutions in Florence, Milan, Rome, Siena, and Tuscania.
Richmond in Florence (AIFS)
Richmond in Rome (AIFS)
Three Cities Program: Tuscania, Rome and Florence or Venice (API)
Lorenzo de Medici, Florence (API)
John Cabot University, Rome (API)
Lorenzo de Medici, Rome (API)
Babilonia Center for Italian Language & Culture, Taormina (API)
Lorenzo de Medici, Tuscania (API)
LDM Rome STEM program (API)
Florence Study Center (CAPA)
Rome Global Institute (CIEE)
Learn Italian in Rome! (EF Language Programs)
IES Abroad Milan (IES)
IES Abroad Siena (IES)
Studio Art College International, Florence (SACI)
Architecture at ISI: Florence (Direct Enroll)
UGA Studies Abroad Cortona (UGA program page & UGA application link)
As with other programs, there are certain options for specific academic interests and general studies programs. Music students would benefit from IES’s program with the Conservatorium van Amsterdam, and art students would find the Gerrit Rietveld Academie Art and Design School a good option for staying on track with their classes. In terms of general studies, IES center in Amsterdam and CIEE’s program with the University of Amsterdam would offer more general classes for students interested in different subjects or electives. SIT also offers a program that focuses on sexuality and gender in Amsterdam; students on this program look at the intersections of sexuality and gender with religion, race, and class. In addition to an internship or independent field research, previous students have also had the opportunity to spend some time in Morocco as part of the program.
Interested in studying abroad in Poland? You can choose from two different cities: Warsaw and Krakow. Students in Krakow study at Jagiellonian University, which was founded in 1364 by King Kazimierz the Great; it is the oldest university in Poland, and one of the oldest universities in Central Europe. Warsaw is Poland’s capital city and (fun fact!) one quarter of the city is made up of parks (82 in fact). Examples previous excursions include a visit to the 1,000-year-old Wieliczka salt mines, the Auschwitz State Museum, opera and ballet performances, classical music concerts, a visit to the Beskidy Mountains (one of Poland’s last authentic folk areas), the village of Zakopane in the Carpathian Mountains, and an international excursion to Hungary or the Czech Republic.
Students interested in Portugal would spend the semester in Lisbon, the capital city. The city is full of old-world traditions as well as being a hub of cutting edge design and fashion. The “flavor” of Lisbon comes from its former colonies in Africa, Brazil, China, India, the Indonesian Spice Islands, and the Persian Gulf. The city is a healthy mix; you can find both mega malls and small shops, wide-open vistas and cobble-stoned streets. Fun fact—there are 25 statues of Boris the Great in the city; see if you can find them all!
Those interested in Scotland can choose from three different cities: Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Stirling. Edinburgh is the capital city of Scotland, and students can take classes at the University of Edinburgh, which is right in the heart of the city, or at the University of Heriot-Watt, which is a little outside the city center. Edinburgh itself is a charming medieval town complete with winding cobblestone roads, a castle, and a palace. Situated about halfway between Glasgow and Edinburgh is the city of Stirling. Stirling is a smaller version of Edinburgh with a castle but no palace—instead you’ve got the National Wallace Monument dedicated to William Wallace, and there’s even a golf course on the University of Stirling campus. Students interested in art programs in Scotland would benefit from the Glasgow School of Art program based in Glasgow (despite not being the country’s capital city, Glasgow does have the largest population). Fun fact—it’s been said that 60% of the country’s population lives within the triangle of Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Stirling.
Students interested in Spain have quite a few options to choose from. Alicante is a Mediterranean harbor city and is considered the jewel of the “Costa Blanca;” the city’s culture was shaped by Arab, Greek, Phoenician, and Roman conquerors and traders. Barcelona is one of the most unique cities complete with medieval streets and colorful buildings, clubs, beaches and mountains, and is a great place for those interested in architecture. Bilbao started out as a quiet seaside village, and has regrown into the heart of Basque education, culture, business, and fine art; it is home of the Guggenheim Museum (designed by Frank Gehry), as well as other museums and the Casco Viejo, or old quarter. Cadiz is the oldest city in Europe (founded around 1,100 B.C.) and is a city surrounded by the sea on three sides, giving visitors beautiful views. Additionally, the city is known for its seafood, charm and relaxed atmosphere. Cordoba is a city within the Andalusian region that offers students local restaurants and shops, exciting architectural sites, and an interesting multicultural history. Granada sits near the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and is a mixture of Moorish architecture and art, cultural flare from its Gypsy heritage, and its natural beauty and inviting climate. One unique point about Granada is it is home to Albaicín, the last Moorish neighborhood and one of Spain’s best preserved Arab settlements. Madrid has been Spain’s capital city since 1561, and is the contemporary capital of industry, finance, and Spanish culture. Malaga is Spain’s sixth-largest city and the second most populous city within the Andalusian region. The city’s history goes back about 2,800 years, which makes it one of the world’s oldest cities. Salamanca is in central Spain, and is considered one of the most remarkable Renaissance cities within Europe with castles and battlefields. Seville is Spain’s fourth largest city and sits between the Atlantic Ocean and the Sierra Morena Mountains. The city was a focal point of the Spanish Renaissance, and pulls cultural influences from Christians, Jews, Muslims, Romans, and Visigoths throughout the ages.
AIFS in Spain: Barcelona, Granada, or Salamanca (AIFS)
API in Spain: Barcelona, Bilbao, Cadiz, Granada, Madrid, Salamanca, or Seville (API)
Global Architecture & Design in Barcelona (CIEE)
Madrid Global Institute (CIEE)
Learn Spanish in Barcelona, Madrid or Malaga! (EF Language Programs)
PRESHCO: Cordoba, Spain (PRESHCO)
Spanish Studies Abroad: Alicante, Barcelona, or Seville (Spanish Studies)
There are three options for students to choose from when it comes to Swedish programs. CIEE’s program in Uppsala is perfect for those looking for arts and sciences classes outside of the capital city. The university is one of the world’s top universities, and (fun fact!) the city of Uppsala was once the pagan center of Sweden, which means visitors to the beautiful city of Uppsala will have plenty to learn about and explore. If you’re interested in engineering, the exchange program with Jonkoping University is perfect for you as they offer a variety of engineering classes in English, as well as a unique Swedish experience. The third program is based in Stockholm and is managed by DIS; like their Copenhagen program, students in Stockholm will choose an academic focus for the main class and then select electives for the remainder of the classes. Their program includes study tours for the main class and possible additional excursions within the electives. Did you know you can take a train from Stockholm to Copenhagen, Denmark?
Switzerland is perfectly situated in the heart of Europe and offers students beautiful views of the Swiss Alps. Franklin University is the perfect starting point for a fun semester abroad as it offers classes in a variety of fields and hosts students from over 50 countries, giving you the opportunity to make friends from across the world. In addition to Franklin University, SIT offers students two programs in Switzerland that are research-based. The International Studies and Multilateral Diplomacy program is based in Geneva, and offers students the chance to study French, and to visit Belgium and France as part of the program. The other program focuses on global health and development policy, and is based in Geneva and Nyon, and gives students the opportunity to also visit Morocco during the program.
Want to develop your Spanish or Portuguese language skills and get an in-depth look at Latin American cultures? You cannot go wrong if you choose to spend time in any of these locations: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, Peru, and Puerto Rico. Many industries and employers are looking for students with foreign language skills, and this could be your ticket to nailing that perfect job.
Want to study abroad in Argentina? You can choose from programs in three different Argentinean cities: Buenos Aires, Cordoba, and Mendoza. Buenos Aires is the cultural, economic, and social heart of Argentina, and has been referred to as the “Paris of Latin America” with its museums, tango dance centers, and world renowned theaters. (Fun fact – did you know Buenos Aires has the largest Japanese garden outside of Japan?) Cordoba is Argentina’s second largest city set in the foothills of the Sierra Chica mountain range in the northern part of the country. Along with Buenos Aires, Cordoba is also recognized as a cultural hub for arts and learning within Argentina. Last, but certainly not least, is the city of Mendoza, Argentina’s fourth-largest city. Like Cordoba, it is also located in the foothills of a mountain range, but this time in the Andes Mountains. Mendoza has a large student population, and is an ideal environment for nature enthusiasts and wine connoisseurs.
Do you have strong Spanish language skills and want to study multiculturalism, social change, and globalization? Then SIT’s program in Cochabamba is the perfect program for you! Students on this program will explore the concepts of cultural identity and community well-being in a country that has 36 different ethnic groups and is the first country in the Americas to have an indigenous president. Possible excursions include visits to the tropical lowlands, El Alto (Latin America’s largest indigenous city), La Paz, and Potosí (one of the highest cities throughout the world).
Students interested in studying in Brazil can choose from a few different programs and locations. AIFS offers students the chance to take classes in São Paulo, do an internship (if interested), and enjoy excursions such as visits to Juquehy Beach, Santos, and Embu das Artes. With CIEE, students can study in Rio de Janeiro, attend a football match or take percussion lessons with samba professionals, visit the Christ the Redeemer statue, or have a lesson in Capoeira. CIEE students can also do volunteer work or research during their program.
Students interested in studying abroad in Chile can choose from three cities: Santiago, Valparaíso, and Viña del Mar. Santiago is Chile’s capital city, and is home to about one third of the country’s population, museums, and historic sites. The city of Valparaíso (which is like San Francisco) overlooks the Pacific Ocean and is nicknamed “The Jewel of the Pacific.” Unlike the other two, Viña del Mar is known most for its beautiful beaches, is known as the “garden city” and is a popular university town.
Universidad Adolfo Ibanez, Santiago (API)
Universidad Alberto Hurtado, Santiago (API)
Universidad Adolfo Ibanez, Vina del Mar (API)
Pontifícia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso (API)
Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso (API)
Santiago Global Institute (CIEE)
If you want to study in Costa Rica, you will choose amongst API’s program offerings or perfect your Spanish language skills with EF Language Programs. API offers programs in either San Jose or in San Joaquín de Flores. San Jose is the country’s capital city, and offers students a metropolitan city with smaller neighborhoods and local markets scattered throughout. Students can visit the local shops, or any of the museums, such as the Museo de Jade (home to the world’s largest jade collection) or the Museo Nacional, or the collections of pre-Columbian gold at the Museo de Oro Precolombino. Just ten miles outside of San Jose is the charming colonial town of San Juaquín de Flores with its historic landmarks, buildings from the 18th century, and unique flora and fauna.
Instituto San Joaquin de Flores, San Joaquin de Flores (API)
Language and Culture, Universidad Veritas, San Jose (API)
Art and Design, Universidad Veritas, San Jose (API)
Monteverde Global Institute (CIEE)
Learn Spanish in Costa Rica! (EF Language Programs)
If you want to study abroad in Cuba, you would study at the University of Havana either through Spanish Studies Abroad (which focuses primarily on language acquisition) or through API. The University of Havana is the oldest university in Cuba (founded in 1728) and one of the first universities founded within the Americas. Fun fact – during the middle of the 18th century Havana was the third largest city in the Americas, larger than both Boston and New York City!
Students interested in Ecuador would study at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito in the capital city of Quito. Students would take a Spanish language class, and electives (either in Spanish or English) with local students as well as with other international students. Possible excursions would be visits to the Amazon Rainforest, the Mitad del Mundo (the equator – you can even stand in both hemispheres at once!), Otavalo (a town in the northern part of the country known for its handicrafts markets), the lagoon Quilotoa, Cayambe (glaciated extinct volcano), Mindo (home to waterfalls, a chocolate factory, butterfly garden, and numerous bird species), and Puerto Lopez which is a traditional fishing town famous for humpback whales.
Dying to see Machu Picchu? You may get the chance if you spend the semester abroad in Lima, Peru! Studying in Lima gives you insight into various periods in history, as you can see Incan archaeological sites, Spanish Baroque cathedrals, and pre-Inca ruins all in the same place. Possible CIEE excursions and activities include a visit to Cuzco (Peru’s capital city) and Machu Picchu, attending local arts events, participating in a music or dance workshop, and visits to local museums. Fun Fact—Lima is the second largest desert city in the world—only behind Cairo in size!
While technically not outside the U.S., studying in Puerto Rico gives you a unique experience by studying in the beautiful city of San Juan. You can also discover new places within Old San Juan, visit El Yunque (the only subtropical rainforest in the U.S. National Forest Service), explore the many beaches of Puerto Rico, and learn (or improve!) your Salsa skills. Did you know Puerto Rico has a bioluminescent bay in Fajardo? Previous Spanish Studies Abroad students have been lucky enough to visit there!
Students interested in a unique experience overseas would certainly find that in Israel, Jordan, or the United Arab Emirates. Previous students have enjoyed learning about the different cultures in these countries and seeing the connections between what they’re learning here and what they’re learning overseas. These locations could be great for students interested in history, politics and business, among others.
Students interested in Israel have the option of choosing among three different universities: Tel Aviv University (TAU), Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and the University of Haifa. Haifa is Israel’s third largest city and is known for its ethnic and religious diversity, as well as for its fast-growing high-tech industry. Students on this program can also complete and internship and do some volunteer work in addition to their studies. With TAU, students get to live in Israel’s technology hub and financial center, which is also the country’s second largest city. Unique programs here include Voyage to Medicine, STEM Semester Program, and Entrepreneurship, Innovation, and Business (which could also include an internship). Students at Hebrew U will study in the country’s largest city, and can take classes in a variety of subjects such as religious studies. Social and political sciences, STEM, business, etc.
Interested in spending the semester in Jordan? You’ve got 4 programs to choose from! CIEE offers two different programs: Middle East Studies or Advanced Arabic Language. With the Middle East Studies program, students will learn about the region’s history, and the country’s role in politics around the region, as well as developing their Arabic language skills. As it sounds, the Advanced Arabic Language program gives students the opportunity to really focus on language acquisition within the city. The other two programs are offered through SIT Study Abroad: Geopolitics, International Relations and the Future of the Middle East (with classes looking at Jordan’s role as a peacemaker in the region and the psychology behind that, and excursions throughout Jordan and a visit to the United Arab Emirates); and Refugees, Health, and Humanitarian Action (with visits to refugee host communities, the opportunity to contrast the humanitarian response to Syrian refugees in both Jordan and Switzerland, and other excursions to places such as the Dead Sea, the Red Sea, and Petra).
United Arab Emirates, Sharjah
Students on this program will study at the American University of Sharjah in the city of Sharjah, which is adjacent to Dubai and is known as the cultural capital of the UAE. One of the benefits of this program is you get to take classes with both international and Emirati students in a country with one of the strongest economies not only in the region but in the world as well. Possible excursions are trips to Abu Dhabi (UAE’s capital city), Al Ain (known as the “Garden City), Dubai, and maybe even an international excursion to Oman or a similar country.
Want to study abroad, but not sure where to go? Why not choose a multi-country option where you’ll get to study abroad in more than one location on your program! Students can join Semester at Sea where you’ll travel the world on a ship visiting ports along the way, or join one of the Global Institute programs through CIEE where you can spend blocks of 6 weeks in up to 3 different locations. Students interested in staying within the U.S. but traveling to a different location can spend the semester at American University in Washington, D.C.
Now you can choose up to three different locations to study abroad in as part of your semester overseas! CIEE has created study centers in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Sydney, Australia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Shanghai, China; Monteverde, Costa Rica; Copenhagen, Denmark; London, England; Paris, France; Berlin, Germany; Rome, Italy; Yucatan, Mexico; Cape Town, South Africa; Madrid, Spain. Each session is 6 weeks, so you could spend 12 or 18 weeks in London, or 6 weeks in Berlin and 12 weeks in France, or 6 weeks each in Madrid, Rome, and Cape Town—it’s up to you!
Interested in European politics? This program is perfect for you! You would be based in Freiburg, Germany, and throughout the semester you would be traveling to other countries as part of your program. These field trips allow you to learn more about the European Union and how individual countries run. The first trip usually focuses on Berlin and Prague, with the second excursion visiting Brussels, Frankfurt, Luxembourg, Paris, and Strasbourg. The third field trip is usually a choice among different sets of countries, for example choosing between England, Ireland, Northern Ireland and either Latvia or Estonia; OR Portugal, Spain, and Italy; OR Greece, Romania, and Hungary
Semester at Sea:
Ever wanted to sail around the world? Now you can! With Semester at Sea, you’ll be based on a remodeled cruise ship, complete with classrooms, library, and living quarters. You’ll take classes on the ship as you make your way to different ports around the world – usually stopping in countries in Asia, Africa, and Europe (previous stops have included Japan, China, India, South Africa, Ghana, Morocco, Germany, and Hawaii). While in country, you will either participate in educational excursions as part of your class, or you have free time to explore on your own.
SIT IHP Programs SIT has put together a collection of programs for students looking for comparative education options. These programs have specific focuses (such as Climate Change: The Politics of Food, Water, and Energy; or Human Rights: Foundations, Challenges, and Advocacy; or Health and Community: Globalization, Culture, and Care), and visit usually three countries. The countries vary depending on the program you choose but possible combinations could be: Brazil, South Africa, and India; Bolivia, Morocco, and Vietnam; and Chile, Jordan, and Nepal.
Want a more immersive experience abroad? Are you on tuition exchange or tuition abatement and want to spend a full semester abroad? Direct Enroll and Exchange programs are the options for you!
Those students who are on tuition abatement or tuition exchange can only keep that aid if they choose to participate in an Exchange Program. Here are the current Exchange Programs offered by the University of Hartford:
Students looking for a more immersive and independent program experience are encouraged to look into exchange programs and direct enroll programs. See above for the list of Exchange Programs and below for a list of our current Direct Enroll partnerships: