Known as the “Rose of the North,” Chiang Mai is located on the Ping River in Northern Thailand and dates back over 700 years. Surrounded by high mountain ranges, it is in one of the most scenic areas in the country. Unlike most of Thailand, the climate in the north—and especially in Chiang Mai—can be cooler, with rain and mist, but it still has tropical heat and humidity. The region is full of lush jungles, national parks, and over 300 Buddhist temples. Historically and culturally important for trade, Chiang Mai Province is the second largest province in Thailand. A recent survey by Conde Nast named Chiang Mai in the top 10 friendliest cities in the world! A city of cultural, trading, and economic prominence for hundreds of years, Chiang Mai is host to many historical and cultural landmarks. There are over 700 temples in Chiang Mai alone. The famous “night market” is a sprawling tourist attraction that offers all sorts of trinkets, local handicrafts, food shops, and shows. Its tiny passageways and colorful booths are great fun to explore, however there are many side streets of shops and restaurants away from the touristy zone where students can find authentic local cuisine and truly start to experience all that Chiang Mai has to offer. Near the city there are national parks and nature preserves, including the highest mountain in Thailand, Doi Inthanon, Obkhan, and Doi Pui Suthep National Park. Located just outside of town, Wat Doi Suthep Buddhist temple overlooks the city—and Chiang Mai University—from the top of Doi Pui Suthep. CMU students traditionally hike to the top as part of an annual tradition; once they arrive at the top they find the elaborate temple with its pure gold dome, the beautiful view of the city, dancing shows by local hill tribe children, musicians, vendors, and a marketplace.
Località Casette di Cupigliolo, 06034 Foligno PG, Italy
Study and live in Verona, a modern, medium-sized city with a larger than life history, located near Venice, Lake Garda, the Dolomite Mountains, and the borders of Switzerland, Austria, and Slovenia. The city straddles the beautiful Adige River in the Veneto region of Italy and is home to layers of historical palaces, bridges, squares, and churches. Three Shakespearean plays are set in Verona: Romeo and Juliet, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, and The Taming of the Shrew. While visitors come throughout the year to experience its literary and artistic heritage, annual fairs, shows, operas, and historic sights, the city retains its elegant, authentic atmosphere. As a student here you will have plenty of school and entertainment activities, local and international food, and multiple transportation options. Choose from courses in international management, business, and Italian studies, and more and stay for semester or a year. All students are required to take an intensive Italian language course during the first six weeks of the semester to help them integrate into their surroundings. The Verona program combines academic coursework with practical learning, tours, and field trips to create an integrated cultural experience. Your studies will extend outside the classroom into business visits, field trips, optional tours, local festivals and traditions, and other activities around the city. The city was named an UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000 for its urban structure and architectural masterpieces. The Arena, an ancient amphitheatre built by the Romans in the first century, is still in active use today, hosting concerts, operas, and theatre performances. The quality and preservation of Roman sites in Verona are second only to Rome itself. The city is home to three professional soccer teams and regularly hosts stages of the annual Giro d’Italia cycle race. The city has regular public bus routes, an airport, and is located on both high-speed and commuter rail lines.
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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.