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25 January 2020
Summer Career Development program in Prague!
Our internships offer the perfect experience to lift students to new heights and bring them closer to their goals.
06 January 2020
Summer Internship Programs in Florence, Italy
Student internship programs in the hart of Florence, Italy. Students can apply for fashion, art or even hospitality management internship for 4 or 12 weeks.
17 December 2019
Summer Paid Hospitality Internship on Island in Spain
Participants in the program are offered internship/entry-level positions in the tourism and hospitality industry- hotels, resorts, retail stores, restaurants.
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Special programs

January Intersession 2020
January Intersession 2020
Florence University of the Arts ( FUA ) - January Intersession. Study abroad in Florence for 3 weeks in January. Study abroad program offered for all majors. Apply online now!
TuttoToscana 2019, Special Event Management Program in Florence Italy and NYC
Summer 2019
This specially structured program takes place for 3 weeks of learning in Florence and 1 week of events in New York City. The program focus is event production from the perspectives of event management, communications & public relations, food & wine management, art direction. Final exams are held online in the 5th week. Alternately, NYC event week-only and final exam options are also offered, see below for details.
Art in Paris Summer 2019 Program
Summer 2019
A summer program aimed at students who want to experience living Paris and learn about its history, culture and art. Students can develop their practical skills in either photography or drawing.
Academic Summer 2019 Programs
Summer 2019
Apicius International School of Hospitality Summer 2019 Programs. Study Abroad Culinary art, Italian Baking and Pastry or Restaurant Management.
Academic Summer 2020 Programs
Summer 2020
Florence University of the Arts ( FUA) - Study Abroad Summer 2020 in Florence, Italy. Study Abroad Programs available for 3 and 6 weeks. Apply Now!
June 2018 – 3 Week Summer Program
Summer 2018
Paros Island International Music Study Abroad Programs: Duration: # weeks. Application Deadline: 90 days before the beginning of the program Eligibility Requirements: The program is open to second, third and fourth year undergraduate students of Music with an interest in composition, improvisation, 20th century music and musicology Language: English
Summer 2019 Term I and II
Summer 2019
The Barcelona International College summer program offers students from around the world the opportunity to become members of our student body, earn college credits for courses taught in English
2 Weeks Summer Courses
Summer 2019
Develop your art skills, learn the fundamentals of drawing and illustration. The course also includes a series of study day trips to sites of architectural importance around the South of England.
Internship and Arabic Language
Summer 2019
MCAS offers various placements in these areas: Human Rights, Education, Children in Need, Women’s Empowerment, Micro-finance, Journalism and Non-Governmental Organizations
Summer Hospital Internship
Summer 2016
Students take one health related class at the host university and have an internship at a hospital
Fresco-Hunting Photo Research Expedition to Medieval Balkan Churches
Summer 2019
Take a part in an expedition for documentation of abandoned medieval churches/chapels and their frescoes in Western Bulgaria.
9 Week Graduate Hospitality Apparenticeship in the Restaurant Industry
Summer 2019
Program Details The Summer Post Graduate Apprenticeship program prepares students for supervisory and management positions in the world's largest and fastest growing industry. The Florence experience is a unique opportunity that is open only to a limited number of students who already possess a professional and advanced educational training in the culinary field.
June 2018 – 4 Week Summer Program
Summer 2018
Paros Island International Music Study Abroad Programs: Duration: 4 Weeks. Application Deadline: 90 days before the beginning of the program Eligibility Requirements: The program is open to second, third and fourth year undergraduate students of Music with an interest in composition, improvisation, 20th century music and musicology Language: English
3 Weeks Summer Courses
Summer 2019
A comprehensive introduction to animation, British architecture, drawing and fashion design, film making and make up.
Excavations of the Neolithic Settlement Ilindentsi
Summer 2019
Archaeological excavation at the village of Ilindentsi located of the majestic Pirin Mountains (UNESCO World Heritage Site) in Southwestern Bulgaria.
Apollonia Pontica Excavation Project
Summer 2019
Come and help the project team to reveal the secrets of the lost temple of Apollo!
Excavation at Tell Yunatsite
Summer 2019
Learn about the Rise and Fall of the Europe's Earliest Civilization in the Fifth Millennium BC
High School Summer 2020 Program in Florence, Italy
Summer 2020
Florence University of the Arts is offering a unique opportunity for high school students to participate in its cultural and academic offering. Students may select from an exciting range of courses offered for study abroad programs and participate in weeklong cultural explorations in locations such as Rome, Sicily, and Florence as well as supervised afternoon activities such as sports and discovering the city of Florence.
Excavation of Emporion Pistiros
Summer 2019
Discover the ruins of an ancient Greek trade center (emporion) in the heart of Thrace

4 Writing Problems International Students Face and Pay Too Much For

International student? Unfortunately, it can be too easy for international students to be taken advantage of. Everything from apartment hunting, to finding your way around town, to buying books and looking for help with your academic work can leave international students vulnerable to unscrupulous folks. However, it doesn’t have to be this way!

1.Finding somewhere to live? Easy!

Finding somewhere to live for an international student can be difficult, not least because lots of people want to make money from students.  The key is starting early, planning ahead and researching all possible options.

  • Lettings agents. Although the upfront cost can sometimes seem quite high, there are advantages to using a lettings agent to help find accommodation. Reputable letting agents sign up to various codes of practice concerning the standard and quality of the housing that the let out, and also to government-backed deposit protection schemes (in the case of the UK).  In some countries lettings agents allow international students to rent accommodation before they arrive in the country. However, in other countries (such as the UK) this is not allowed and students will need to factor in the additional costs of temporary accommodation whilst house hunting. Colleges and universities often have lists of recommended lettings agents in their areas so check with them before starting house hunting.
  • Gumtree/Facebook. It can be possible to find good quality accommodation through websites such as Gumtree and Facebook. Often people with a spare room going in a house share will advertise on a social network as it can be a lot easier and quicker than going through a lettings agent as the normal checks (personal and financial references) are not required, making the process faster and cheaper. However, the quality of the accommodation can vary enormously and there is no guarantee that the help should go wrong whilst you are there.
  • Student center/library. This can be the easiest way of finding accommodation, but only if you in the right place at the right time! Towards the end of the academic year, other students will often put notices up advertising rooms for rent. These tend to go up in areas of high student footfall, so if you happen to be there early (or you know someone who is!) go and see what can be found.

2. Finding your way around town

A simple trick for international students is to get to know your immediate area first, whether that is the area around your university or college or the area around where you live. That way, it’s easier to start feeling a little more at home.

Check out Google for transport information as money-saving tickets can often be available for trains and buses, and sometimes both combined. No data? No problem. Head down there in person, just not during peak times for commuters when it can be super busy.

Although it might be tempting for international students to get taxis everywhere, it can be a really bad idea. Firstly, taxis can be very expensive even when they are on the meter. Secondly, taking taxis all the time doesn’t help you to learn the way around and it can make everything seem more complicated than it is. Thirdly, as a newbie to the area, the driver might charge you $50 for a $10 ride … 

Best idea? Get a cheap bike with a great lock. Save money on both transport and gym fees, get fit and get to know the town really, really well.

3. Books

Buying books can cost a small fortune, money that many students (not just international students) just don’t have!

The easiest way to save money? Get organized, get a library card and be one of the first to get the book out. However, the library may not stock the books in question, so creativity will have to come into it. Check out Facebook, Gumtree, eBay and Amazon for second-hand books to save a small fortune. Many student bookstores on campus also have a second-hand section too, as do bookstores in town. Shop around for the best price and if buying online remember to factor in postage and packing charges as they can be quite high. Check out different student websites too for second-hand books. Some students also use swap sites, read ebooks, use reward schemes which you can use towards paying for new books, look for student discounts, read online for free or group together and share uni books with friends to lower the cost even more. 

4. Professional writing services

Sometimes everyone needs a little extra help when it comes to dealing with the academic workload and that is where professional academic writing services come in. As with everything else, international students can find themselves paying far too much for a writing service that should be very reasonably priced.

Like with everything else for international students, it is best to do plenty of research into different types of writing company. Those students who use the first one that they come across can find themselves paying a lot of money for an inferior service. Shop around, compare five or six different companies and look for the best service to meet your needs at the most reasonable price. The cheapest offer might not be the best, the best might not be the most expensive. Students who leave shopping around for custom writing services until the last minute can find themselves paying a lot of money for poor quality work. Don’t be one of them!

International students don’t have to be taken advantage of. So long as they plan ahead, research everything thoroughly and stay organized they will be able to enjoy their time, and their money, in the host country.

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