My Study Abroad Wish List

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If you know someone who has studied abroad, you probably know someone who wants to study abroad again. The good news is that there are hundreds of study abroad programs offered all over the world, and as long as you are working toward your degree, there is no limit to the number of times you can study abroad! No matter what’s on your study abroad wish list this holiday season, there is probably a program that fits. Some options put a new spin on traditional programs, and others go further off the beaten path. I’m graduating in May, but if I were going to be studying longer, here are a few of the programs I would consider:

UK Sponsored: Sexual Health and Sex Education in the Netherlands

Many American students decide to study abroad in Europe. This summer session program follows in that tradition, but with a unique spin: students learn about sex education in Amsterdam, a city known not only for its extraordinary canal system and beautiful architecture, but also for its Red Light District and openness to sexuality. The comprehensive approach to sex education in the Netherlands would make for an interesting comparison to what many of us have encountered in the American South. Not to mention that in a month’s time, students can earn up to five academic credits.

UK Partner: Learning Abroad Center – University of Minnesota – MSID India

This program allows students to spend a semester or a year in Bangalore, India, taking courses in International Development (with different concentrations based on the student’s major), Hindi and Kannada languages, and Community Engagement, while completing an internship with a non-governmental organization. Instead of living in a residence hall, students are immersed in Bangalore city life through a homestay arrangement with an Indian family. Since this is a partner program, there is plenty of on-site support and even organized excursions. Plus, the estimated cost of the year-long program including tuition, room and board, and airfare is less than two semesters of UK out-of-state tuition!

UK Consortia: KIIS Winter – Maya Mexico

During this two-week winter program that begins in Cancun, Mexico, students enroll in a class called “Maya Mexico, Past and Present.” Spanish language skills are not required. I am an anthropology major, so this class is right up my alley, but it could also count for credit in History, Art, or Honors. This KIIS consortia program allows students to earn transfer credit from Western Kentucky University while participating in excursions and learning about past and present Mayan culture and society—and spending winter break near Mexican beaches and ruins. What’s not to love?

Come to think of it, I could have applied for a program this year…

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Kelsey Dillon is senior at the University of Kentucky studying Anthropology and French. Kelsey participated in the ISEP Exchange-Aix-Marseille Universite program in Spring 2015.