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Top Places to Study Abroad in Europe During Summer Break

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If you’re looking for an unforgettable experience this summer, why not think about studying abroad in Europe? Whether you want to immerse yourself in a completely new culture or just take a break from your usual hometown routine, Europe offers you a wealth of amazing opportunities. 

Here’s where you can study abroad in Europe this summer: 

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AIFS Abroad student in Salzburg, Austria

Study Abroad in Austria 

Austria boasts beautiful landscapes and an abundance of cultural activities. From museums, galleries and music festivals to delicious food and unique architecture – there’s something here for everyone!  


What’s that? The hills are alive with the sound of you having the best summer ever. Salzburg, known as the setting for The Sound of Music (and Mozart’s hometown), is a great place to study abroad in Europe this summer. Are you a nature lover? The meadows, lakes and mountains of the Alps are easily accessible from the city. This summer, you can take a German language course plus an elective course taught in English or take two courses taught in English for a total of 6 credits.  

AIFS Abroad students in Prague, Czech Republic

Study Abroad in the Czech Republic 

Not only is the Czech Republic home to some of the top universities worldwide – it’s also conveniently bordered by Germany, Poland, Slovakia and Austria. That means weekend getaways are easily within your reach! 


Want to feel like you stepped back in time? Study abroad in Prague. You’ll be surrounded by spectacular Gothic and Baroque architecture, a stunning reminder of days past. With the East and Central European Studies Program, you can take courses in English at Charles University this summer.  

*Internship programs are also available in Prague this summer! 

AIFS Abroad students in London, England
AIFS Abroad students in London, England

Study Abroad in England 

Looking for a summer packed with possibilities? With its idyllic countryside, bustling cities and program options galore, England has a lot to offer everyone who studies abroad here.  

*Internship and Study + Travel opportunities are also available in England this summer! 


London leads the pack when it comes to options for studying abroad in Europe this summer. You can choose from a vast variety of courses offered at the AIFS Global Education Center, learn from theater professionals at Shakespeare’s Globe, study health sciences at St. George’s, or choose from numerous courses offered this summer at the University College London (UCL) and the University of the Arts London (UAL). 

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AIFS Abroad student in Paris, France

Study Abroad in France 

France has a certain je ne sais quoi charm that’s guaranteed to sweep you away. Consider studying with AIFS Abroad this summer to take your passion for French culture to a new level. Whether you’re on your way to Paris, the Riviera or the Alps, you’re sure to find an enchanting adventure in France. 

*Internship and Study + Travel opportunities are also available in France this summer! 


This summer in Cannes, French language courses are offered from elementary to advanced levels across three sessions. Students take a placement exam to determine their language level after arrival. Another bonus? You can combine consecutive sessions and spend more of your summer in Cannes.  


With the Intensive French Language Program, you can earn 5 credits by taking a French language course this summer at the Université Grenoble Alpes. 


This summer, you have study abroad program options at three leading universities in Paris: 

  • American Business School Paris (ABSParis): For those interested in business courses taught in English. For those who want to begin or improve their French, beginner-level courses are offered during Session 1. 
  • Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS): French language study is offered at all levels from Beginner to Advanced.  
  • Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF): French language courses are available at all levels, from Beginner to Advanced. Students choosing the French Culture Program can take courses taught in English. 
AIFS Abroad student in Berlin, Germany

Study Abroad in Germany 

With its reputation as an innovator in business, engineering and academics, you can’t go wrong with Germany as your European study abroad destination. Make the most out of your summer and take in the country’s breathtaking scenery, delicious food and captivating heritage. 


Those lucky enough to study abroad in Berlin this summer can take German language courses and/or subject courses taught in English at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (the city’s oldest university). 

*Internship opportunities are also available in Berlin this summer! 

AIFS Study Abroad student in Athens, Greece in front of the Acropolis
AIFS Abroad student in Athens, Greece

Study Abroad in Greece 

Take a journey this summer to the cradle of civilization Greece! Studying abroad here is a chance to savor relaxing beach days, dynamic city life and ancient history.  


The summer session in Athens offers courses from across a wide curriculum of academic disciplines. You can do individual sessions or combine them for up to 11 weeks.  

AIFS Abroad student in Maynooth, Ireland

Study Abroad in Ireland 

An adventure like no other awaits you in Ireland! Spend your summer exploring the Emerald Isle. With its historical castles, lively traditional tunes, hospitality and green landscapes, it’s hard to think of reasons why you wouldn’t want to study abroad in Ireland. 

*Internship opportunities are also available in Ireland this summer!


Choices, choices, choices! Students studying abroad in Limerick this summer can choose from the Irish Studies Program, Responsible Business Program, and the Health Care Program. 


In Maynooth, you can take two courses (available in a wide range of subjects!) on a Hogwarts-esque campus this summer and earn a total of 6 credits. 

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AIFS Abroad student in Florence, Italy

Study Abroad in Italy 

From the ancient ruins of Rome to the beauty of the Amalfi Coast, Italy is brimming with unique experiences. Each region of this timeless nation has its own distinct cuisine and culture for you to explore. 

*Internship, Study + Internship, and Study + Travel opportunities are also available in Italy this summer! 


Studying abroad in Florence this summer gives you lots of program options. A Liberal Arts Program, Wine Marketing Program, Soccer Program and Study + Internship Program are all offered at the AIFS Global Education Center in Florence.  


Students can choose to study abroad in Rome for between 3 and 10 weeks in the Eternal City. A Study + Internship program is also available in Rome this summer. 


Study Business, Liberal Arts, and Italian culture in the business and fashion capital of Italy this summer!

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AIFS Abroad student in Lisbon, Portugal

Study Abroad in Portugal 

Portugal has become a popular place to study abroad in Europe in recent years, and this summer you can savor the country’s seaside towns, lively cities and fantastic port wine.

*Internship opportunities are also available in Portugal this summer! 


Summer study abroad students in Lisbon can choose from a variety of business and marketing courses (taught in English) offered across three sessions. A survival Portuguese language course is also available to help you gain a better understanding of Portugal’s history and culture.  

AIFS Abroad students in Granada, Spain

Study Abroad in Spain 

If you’re considering studying abroad in Europe this summer, Spain deserves a spot at the top of your list. In Spain, you can practice your Spanish language skills and learn more about the country’s unique regions and history. 

*Internship and Study + Travel opportunities are also available in Spain this summer! 


Summer study abroad programs are offered for multiple sessions at Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona where international business, liberal arts, and language courses are available. Course are offered in both English and Spanish.

Students interested in the creative arts and design can also participate in our program at LCI Barcelona.


This summer in Granada, courses are offered across multiple sessions. You can combine consecutive sessions for a longer stay and to earn more credit. A summer internship program is also available – those with an intermediate level of Spanish and above can intern in a local business, in a local hospital or with an NGO. 


Students can study abroad in Madrid this summer during session 1, session 2 or combine sessions and have a longer adventure. Your program options offered include: the Hispanic Studies Program (all courses taught in Spanish), the Spanish Plus Program (all courses taught in English) and an Internship Program. 


Spend your summer taking in everything that Spain’s “Golden City” has to offer. Students studying abroad in Salamanca can combine intensive Spanish language classes with courses focusing on Spanish culture. Spanish language courses are available at all levels from beginner to superior. 


Experience the magic of southern Spain when you study abroad in Seville this summer! Explore Spanish culture and society, take courses in public speaking, and more.

Still can’t decide where to study abroad in Europe this summer? 

You don’t have to limit yourself to one study abroad location! With a Study + Travel multi-destination program, you can visit a series of European cities while focusing on one course throughout the trip.  

Discover how you can have an international adventure in Europe (and beyond!) with AIFS Abroad. 

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