The semester and yearlong London program at London Metropolitan (London Met) University is ideal for students interested in living and studying in one of the most exciting cities in Europe. The program enables you to gain firsthand experience with the British educational system alongside students from all over the world. You may study for one semester or a full year and choose from courses such as Business, Marketing, Economics, English, History, Social Sciences, and Psychology. Students typically select four classes per semester which can include specialized courses, some of which include visits to art galleries, museums, and theatre, utilizing London’s thriving cultural life as a unique backdrop for further study and exploration. London Metropolitan University allows you to schedule your classes before you arrive in London, making it a very easy process. The summer London program at Imperial College is ideal for students who are interested in living and studying in one of the most exciting cities in Europe. You may choose from courses in theatre, art, literature, history, and international business. Many courses enhance your studies with field trips to museums, theatre performances, and sites of historical and cultural interest. A guided tour of London and a field trip to the beachfront town of Brighton are included in the program fees. There is also an optional tour to Edinburgh, Scotland. The summer London program offers one 5-week session; however, the academic courses are only a part of the value of a summer abroad. Participation in formal and informal cultural and group activities also forms an integral part of the program. There are several excellent reasons for deciding to study in the United Kingdom. Courses at British universities are taught by professors who do almost all the teaching and tutorial work with undergraduates while maintaining a high level of research activity. Although the UK shares a common language with the US, it remains a foreign country, with diverse traditions, values, and views of the world. Time in the UK will challenge you personally, open your eyes to different ways of looking at the current problems of the world and enable you to directly experience the wonderful culture and history of the European continent.
Puntarenas offers the peace and rural beauty of a small beach town while at the same time affording easy access to the activities of the capital. During the nineteenth century it was Costa Rica’s major seaport, but Puerto Limón and Caldera (11 miles to the southeast) have assumed that role. Now primarily a tourist destination and transportation hub, it is a bustling town, particularly during the dry season months (November–April). During the wet months (May–October) it is hot with refreshing afternoon showers. The geography of the city is unique since it is located at the end of a sandy peninsula almost five miles long, but only 120 to 700 yards wide. Consequently, one is always close to the ocean, and there are many beaches from which to choose. Puntarenas offers access to the Nicoya Peninsula on two ferries. Nicoya is best known for its pristine beaches and resorts, as well as for its native folklore. From Puntarenas, you can travel up and down the coast to world-class surfing beaches, nature reserves, and plantations. This central Pacific region offers something for every outdoor enthusiast. Students find buying a used bike upon arrival is the easiest form of transportation for getting around Puntarenas.
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The La Habana summer program offers an unparalleled opportunity to visit this enchanting island and legendary city to learn about its culture and society. It will also provide a unique occasion for understanding—firsthand—the multiple layers of history that make Cuba significant in North America and in Latin America. The courses will examine not only the history of former Spanish colonies, but also the twentieth-century, during which Cuba played a significant geopolitical role. The Habana summer program will give you the opportunity to experience the past, present, and future realities of Cuban society and its fusion of Spanish, African, and American flavors to create a rich culture of its own. The La Habana program consists of one 5-week session offering academic coursework in history, society, politics, and culture studies. Many of these courses include enticing field trips offering hands-on experience with the subject matter, such as Old Habana, Matanzas, Pinar del Río, a tobacco factory, and Varadero Beach. The session begins with several days of orientation and lectures in Costa Rica before departure for Cuba. The courses for the La Habana program focus on the history and society of Cuba, with particular attention focused on exploring the impact of slavery and Cuba's African roots on its culture and religions, as well as the present-day political and economic factors Cuba faces in its future. If you are interested in studying Spanish language in preparation for several weeks in Cuba, the first summer session in Costa Rica can be paired with the La Habana summer session for intensive language study.