France is the perfect country to absorb culture. If you’re looking to enhance your French skills, head to Grenoble for an intensive term dedicated to the French language. Have some experience with French, but would like to study other fields as well? Head to Lyon, where courses are available in Business, Law, Political Science, Psychology, and more! Or if you don’t have any French experience, but would like to experience the unique French lifestyle, head to Paris, the City of Lights, an international capital and gem of Europe.
Tantalizing tapas, Don Quixote, morning run with the bulls, be a Barcelona beach bum or surveyor of the Pyrenees. ¡Bienvenidos a España! Dali, Cervantes, Goya, El Greco, and Gaudi: all helped shape modern culture, and all originated in Spain. Walk in their footsteps throughout Barcelona and Madrid, seeing the sights and sounds that inspired their revolutionary work. Explore Plaza Mayor and Puerta de Sol in Madrid, or head over to Plaça de Catalunya, Barcelona’s largest square, located in the heart of the city. And throughout the cities, chat with Spaniards and bask in their eccentric personalities. Spaniards are infamous for their enthusiasm and geniality towards all people. Rather than resent tourists that visit Spain, Spaniards are likely to greet you with open arms and hearts. Don’t be surprised when you meet a stranger and are greeted with two kisses on the cheek, an embrace, and a good laugh. Although you may not have met an individual, they’ll treat you like an old acquaintance, smiling and including you in the conversation in order to make you feel comfortable.
Whether you have Celtic ancestry or not, everyone has felt a yearning for the Emerald Isle. Ireland has something for everyone, with bustling modern cities and rolling green landscapes. Ireland is home to classified UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Giant’s Causeway, one of the world’s most unique geological wonders. Wherever you are, whether in a lively pub talking over a beer with friends or exploring the beautiful countryside, Irish natives are warm and welcoming, excited to share their rich culture and history. The beauty of this Island of Saints and Scholars, often described in song, poem, and myth is waiting to captivate you.