By Naimeesha Murthy
World Education Services
Attending summer sessions at a college or university can enable prospective and current international students to travel, gain additional skills and make new friends.
The following colleges are best known for their academic reputation and proximity to gorgeous beaches, hike-able mountains, cycling, water sports-friendly lakes and rivers and action-packed towns where there’s always something going on.
1. University of California, San Diego: La Jolla, California
UC San Diego is located in La Jolla and offers more than 600 courses from more than 40 disciplines through its summer sessions. Students can choose from two suitable five-week sessions and a special session. The program runs from June 29 to Sept. 5 – so it’s a perfect time to discover San Diego’s many highlights. The university is located near the Torrey Pines State Reserve and overlooks Black’s Beach, a two-mile beach stretch.
2. University of Colorado Boulder: Boulder, Colorado
CU-Boulder’s summer program runs from May 11 to Aug. 7, 2015 and offers more than 500 courses to current, non-degree and international students.
In 2014, Livability.com rated Boulder second on its “Top 100 Best Places to Live” list. In short, the action-packed activities, amazing eating spots and resorts certainly make up for any downsides of hitting the books.
3. University of California, Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara, California
Looking out over the Pacific Ocean, UC Santa Barbara’s main campus seems like the perfect summer getaway. The campus sits on a peninsula that has a private lagoon, and students can cycle and walk up trails to enjoy the grand views. UC Santa Barbara students – including international, non-degree and others – can choose from many summer courses in various subjects. Sessions run from June 23 to Sept. 19, 2015.
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