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Make the Most of Your Break: Summer Abroad Programs

Gap SummerWith an extended summer abroad, you can go to college and still have the quintessential gap year experience!

When you get a real job and are restricted to two weeks of vacation a year, you'll realize that college summer holidays are the most precious time of your life. It's no time for lazing around watching Friends reruns and cleaning your neighbor's pool - the glorious summer months should be treated like gold dust! The weather is warm, the sun is shining, and the open road lies ahead, begging to be traveled along.

Travel forms the basis of the best summers, but there are tons of unique variations to summer programs: jobs abroad, internships in foreign cities, college courses overseas, or simply stuffing a rucksack and jumping into a car or plane to go somewhere totally new. Many students waste their summer vacation, throwing away the free time between semesters.

If you'd like to make the most of your summer break, you're in luck. There are tons of summer programs out there for college students - from lasting a few weeks to a few months, you can make summer 2014 your most exciting summer to date. This is the one-stop shop for everything you need to know to plan the summer of a lifetime.

Summertime is golden, so ask yourself - what sort of summer are you looking for?

Orphanage volunteerI want to spend my summer gaining international work experience.

It's important to spend the three or so months you have off during the summer wisely, and if you've got your mind set on your career after college then gaining some work experience is essential. You can really zoom ahead of the competition by gaining a placement during your time in college and taking it abroad will make your resume sparkle even more brightly.

Where you go and what you do will be entirely based on what sort of experience you're looking for, but there are tops rated internships across the world, including in Beijing, Shanghai, Madrid and Santiago. The downside of moving to an exciting new city and working in your dream placement is that internships arranged through intern programs don't come cheaply. Most international internships expect you to pay them rather than the other way around and the best placements are often in the most expensive cities.

Camp Counselor AbroadSuggested Programs: Get in2 China, Adelante Abroad in Madrid, CRCC Asia.

I want to spend my summer on a unique adventure.

If you're looking for something totally out there to really set this summer apart from the ones that have come before it, consider these unique opportunities.

  • If you want the summer that will change a lifetime, SIT's Peace and Conflict studies in the Lake Victoria basin between Rwanda and Uganda will truly turn your world upside down and give you something to think about when you return to college in the fall.

Suggested Programs: GET Ecuador, Adelante Abroad in Scotland, Summer Build in Haiti.

I want to spend my summer at camp.

Ahh, those hazy days when you were young and your parents carted you off to summer camp. Blissfully sunny days spent playing games and making new friends - if only you could be young again. Well, here's news for you. All over Europe, from Spain to St Petersburg, you can go back to camp this summer as a counselor.

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IMO I think the increase in International

by Tobysmom

Travel has a lot to do with it. Kids go out of the country for spring break now. Heck, even high school kids get out of the country trips for graduation...look at Natalie Hollaway in Aruba. We sure didn't do that. It was only a select few kids in college that got to go to Florida for spring break. Now, most college kids spend some time abroad. My godson never worked through college because every summer he was either on a intern program abroad or his parents paid for him to spend the summer Europe.

Wizz Air from Skopje to 14 European destinations  — MINA
Wizz Air from Skopje to 14 European destinations. Thursday, 08 May 2014.

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