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College Issue 2014

10 Incredible Destinations to Consider for a Semester Abroad

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Madrid
The capital of Spain, Madrid is the perfect combination of metropolitan lifestyle and Spanish tradition. Home to the royal family, the famous Prado and Museo Reina Sofía, the city isn’t lacking in artistic or historical merit and has something for everyone. Programs to consider: University of Texas–Austin (spring and fall); Southern Methodist University (summer); Baylor University (spring and fall); University of the Incarnate Word (spring and fall).

Prague
Capital of the Czech Republic, the Old World city of Prague is known for its cobblestone streets and fairy-tale castles but it also boasts an intriguing nightlife scene and some of the finest brews in the world—need we say more? Programs to consider: University of Texas–Austin (Maymester, spring and fall); Texas State University (summer); Texas A&M University (summer); Texas Christian University (summer); Southern Methodist University (summer).

Florence
An academic hot spot seemingly suspended in the Italian Renaissance, Florence delivers an intimate experience enhanced with endless nooks and crannies to explore. Students are bound to see spectacular landmarks (Uffizi Gallery, Michelangelo’s David, the Ponte Vecchio, the list goes on) and will undoubtedly indulge in heavenly gelato. Programs to consider: Texas State University (summer); Texas A&M University (spring); Texas Christian University (fall, spring, summer); University of Texas–Austin (spring and fall).

Cape Town
The adventure seeker will never be bored in South Africa’s second most populous city, with the outdoorsy draw of surfing, mountain biking, paragliding and more. Just be cautious in the water, South Africa’s coastline sees its fair share of Great White Sharks. Programs to consider: Texas A&M University (summer); University of Virginia (summer).

Buenos Aires
This city in Argentina is called the “Paris of Latin America” for a reason. Beyond its café culture, open-air markets and picturesque gardens, the charming birthplace of the tango is home to a thriving fashion scene and world-class museums. Programs to consider: Texas State University (spring and fall); Texas A&M University (summer); Texas Christian University (summer); Southwestern University (fall, spring and summer); University of the Incarnate Word (spring and fall).

Hong Kong
Foodies of the world will be hard pressed not to enjoy Hong Kong, with its cheap market food and adventurous selections ranging from jellyfish to brisket soup. Hong Kong is also a major business hub making it the perfect mix of the Eastern and Western worlds. Programs to consider: Texas A&M University (spring, fall and summer); University of Texas–Austin (spring, fall and summer); University of Texas–San Antonio (summer); Baylor University (spring and fall); University of the Incarnate Word (spring and fall).

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