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Top Places to Study Abroad this May Term

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Springtime in Florence, Italy | London, England | Granada, Spain

Mark your calendars! This May, AIFS Abroad is offering an incredible lineup of study abroad programs in destinations that will leave you in awe and ignite your wanderlust.

With such a diverse range of study abroad locations for May Term, you might need some help finding your perfect fit. We’ve got your back!

1. Florence, Italy

Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy

Embarking on a study abroad journey to Florence, Italy will leave an indelible mark on your life. Known as the birthplace of the Renaissance, Florence boasts a rich cultural heritage, breathtaking architecture, and a vibrant arts scene. Imagine strolling through its charming streets, lined with stunning palaces. Florence is a living museum that will inspire and captivate you at every turn. Immerse yourself in the Italian way of life, savoring delectable cuisine, and sipping on world-class wines. Whether you’re studying art, history, or simply seeking an adventure, Florence offers a perfect blend of academic excellence and cultural immersion. Get ready to fall in love with its timeless beauty when you study abroad there this May!

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2. San José, Costa Rica 

Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica - National Theater of Costa Rica in San José
San José, Costa Rica

Choosing to study abroad in San José, Costa Rica this May will be a decision that will open doors to truly transformative experiences! Nestled amidst lush rainforests and bordered by stunning coastlines, San José offers a unique blend of natural beauty and urban vibrancy. Immerse yourself in the warmth of Costa Rican culture, where “pura vida” is a way of life. From exploring the diverse ecosystems of national parks to learning about sustainable practices in ecotourism, San José provides a lush backdrop for academic and personal growth. Engage with friendly locals and embrace the laid-back lifestyle that Costa Rica is famous for. With a rich biodiversity, breathtaking landscapes, and a strong commitment to sustainability, studying abroad in San José is the choice for you. 

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3. London, England

London, England
London, England

Studying abroad in London, England this May term will be an opportunity like no other. As the bustling capital of the United Kingdom, London is a place where culture and innovation converge. The city offers an unparalleled blend of tradition and modernity. From iconic landmarks like Big Ben and the Tower of London to world-class museums such as the British Museum and Tate Modern, it’s a treasure trove of knowledge. Explore the diverse neighborhoods, from the eclectic markets of Camden to the cosmopolitan streets of Soho, and immerse yourself in the rich multicultural fabric of London. Engage in intellectual debates and participate in the lively academic atmosphere that has shaped some of the greatest minds in history. With its global influence, London is a melting pot of opportunities. Prepare to be inspired, challenged, and captivated by this dynamic city that never ceases to amaze.

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4. Cannes, France

Cannes, France harbor
Cannes, France

Located on the picturesque French Riviera, Cannes has a certain je ne sais quoi. Choosing to do a global education program here is a truly unique and enriching experience. Known worldwide for its prestigious film festival, Cannes exudes glamour and charm, attracting artists, filmmakers, and creative minds from around the globe. The city has absolutely stunning beaches. Its roads are lined with luxurious hotels and palm trees. Overall, life on the coast will provide an idyllic backdrop for you as a student abroad. You’ll be able to adventure through the vibrant La Croisette, explore French cuisine in exquisite restaurants and cafés, and experience the lively energy of Cannes’ social scene. With its Mediterranean climate, picturesque coastal landscapes, and a cosmopolitan ambiance, you’ll find the perfect place to balance between academic pursuits, cultural exploration, and seaside enjoyment.

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5. Barcelona, Spain

La Sagrada Familia, Barcelona, Spain
Barcelona, Spain

Looking for a vibrant and captivating city by the sea for your study or intern abroad experience? Look no further than Barcelona! Nestled along the northeastern coast of Spain, students and interns love it for its unique blend of rich history, modernity, and lively culture. There’s no shortage of esteemed institutions here, and the city provides a stimulating academic environment where students can engage in diverse fields of study. As one of the largest cities in Spain, you’ll find thriving industries in sectors like technology, design, and tourism. You’ll especially love experiencing Barcelona during May Term because of the stellar weather — it rarely rains and hovers around 70º F during the daytime. Whether indulging in delicious Catalan cuisine, exploring the city’s vibrant art scene, or basking in the sun at its beautiful beaches, Barcelona promises an unforgettable experience filled with personal growth.

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6. Granada, Spain

Alhambra, Granada, Spain
Granada, Spain

Perched between the stunning white peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the glistening blue Mediterranean of the Costa del Sol, Granada has a certain cosmopolitan air, but still retains the feel of a small, Andalusian town. Known for its breathtaking Alhambra Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, the city blends centuries of Moorish and Spanish influences — a gorgeous atmosphere for anyone studying during May Term. The University of Granada attracts students from around the world, fostering a multicultural and intellectually stimulating environment. In the historic Albaicín neighborhood, you’ll find picturesque, narrow cobblestone streets and stunning views of the Alhambra — but those aren’t the only wonders to explore! The Generalife Gardens, the Cathedral and Royal Chapel, the Arab baths, the Bañuelo and the Carthusian monastery will make you feel like you’re traveling back in time to experience the city’s rich cultural heritage. Being in the mountains has its advantages when it comes to weather: during the daytime in May, you’ll have beautiful 70-75º F days and at night it can be ask brisk as 50º F.

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7. Rome, Italy

Roman Forum in Rome, Italy
Rome, Italy

Rome is an enchanting and ideal destination for a study abroad or international internship program! It offers a perfect blend of ancient history, artistic treasures, and modern allure. As the capital of Italy, it stands as a hub of cultural, political, and academic excellence, where one can immerse themselves in the city’s rich heritage dating back 3,000 years while enjoying the perks of a vibrant and cosmopolitan atmosphere. During Maya in particular, the weather is sunny and mild, averaging about 75º F. With cool landmarks and a thriving art scene, Rome provides an ideal setting for educational pursuits, intercultural experiences, and countless opportunities for personal and professional growth.

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8. Seville, Spain

Seville, Spain
Seville, Spain

With its rich culture, unique history, and delightful Mediterranean climate (particularly during May!), Seville offers college students the perfect study abroad program destination. The city’s architectural landmarks, like the iconic Alcázar and the majestic Plaza de España, will make your jaw drop. You’ll be able to dive deep into the local lifestyle, indulging in delectable tapas, attending flamenco performances, and engaging in vibrant fiestas. Seville has a large diverse student population, and you’ll be able to have an enriching academic experience both inside and outside of the classroom. Plus, if you want to make the most of your experience and travel during downtime, it’s easy to do so — its strategic location in Andalusia makes it a gateway to nearby destinations like Granada, Córdoba, and the beautiful Costa del Sol.

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9. Multi-Destination

You don’t have to limit yourself to just one study abroad location — you can choose a multi-destination Study + Travel program! We offer several traveling programs that visit a series of international cities while focusing on one course throughout the trip, and a few of them are held during the month of May specifically.

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Ready to have an unforgettable study abroad experience this May?

Wherever you decide to go, the memories you make, the friendships you form, and the knowledge you gain will forever shape your perspective on the world. So mark your calendars, pack your bags, and get ready to immerse yourself in the magic of one of these unforgettable study abroad destinations this May. Your adventure awaits! 

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