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How do I Choose the Best European Summer School?

B. Miller
B. Miller

Studying abroad at a European summer school can be an exciting opportunity, and there are programs available for students in high school, college, or even graduate school. Before choosing a European summer school, however, it is important to carefully consider all of the details of the program. This includes, among other things, the location of the summer school, the length of time you will need to attend, the classes you will be taking, and the cost of the program.

Virtually all European countries offer summer school programs for students who wish to study abroad -- and this includes students from all over the world, not just the United States. You may choose a program that takes place entirely in one country, but there are many programs that offer students the opportunity to visit multiple countries throughout the summer. The selection of the country or countries you will choose to attend summer school in is one of the most important decisions when choosing a European summer school.

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Most European summer school programs range from a few weeks to a few months in length, and take place between May and August. Prices can be quite high, and it is important to learn what fees are included and what must be paid for separately. In addition to the tuition costs of the program, which usually also include room and board, you will need to consider the price of airfare and any extras that might come up.

Finally, consider the type of the program offered by the European summer school. Language immersion programs are quite common, and offer students the opportunity to learn a language through native speakers. However, other types of programs may offer different types of classes, especially for college students in a specific major. In addition, many programs also offer "adventure travel" programs, where the students will get to participate in local activities. Volunteerism and community service programs are also quite popular when studying abroad.

To get started searching for a European summer school, it is best to inquire at the school you currently attend to see if they are affiliated with any particular programs. Searching online is also beneficial, and often allows you to read about experiences that other students have had. Your school, or the program to which you are applying, will also be able to direct you to any scholarships that are available, which may be able to help cut the cost of the program.

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