Why should I study abroad?
Study abroad is an enriching and eye-opening adventure, where learning extends far beyond the classroom. The experience of studying abroad will expose you to new ways of thinking, living, and viewing the world.
- Learning firsthand about other cultures
- Improving your language skills
- Visiting and touring amazing cities
- Developing friendships with students from around the world
- Fulfilling major and minor coursework requirements
- Developing new intellectual pursuits, skills, and perspectives.
- Adding a personal and educational accomplishment to your resume/CV
Forum-Nexus has 29 years of experience specializing in intensive summer programs, taught in English, for undergraduate and graduate students. The programs are held in some of the most exciting and dynamic cities in Europe. By the end of the program, you will have greatly improved your global awareness, cultural intelligence, and International IQ. What makes Forum-Nexus unique is our exciting multi-country itinerary combined with an emphasis on professional visits, as well as our multicultural and multinational group of professors, students, and staff. During our program you will attend class in the morning and visit companies and international organizations in the afternoon. You will still have ample free time for cultural and touristic activities, shopping, and nighttime entertainment.
Learn more about Forum-Nexus here
How will a study abroad experience enhance my employability after I graduate?
Employers increasingly seek graduates who have international experience, and a study abroad experience will enhance your employability. International knowledge, cross-cultural communication skills, flexibility, resilience, and the ability to adapt to new circumstances are skills enhanced through studying abroad that are important to employers.
Who can participate in Forum-Nexus programs?
Eligible applicants must be degree-seeking students enrolled in a college or university program, at the undergraduate or graduate level. You may also apply if you are a recent college or university graduate who graduated in the last four years. Most undergraduate program participants are between 19 and 23 years old. Most graduate program participants are between 23 and 29 years old. Applicants should have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 of 4.0. Students who do not meet the GPA requirement are encouraged to apply, but must submit a letter of recommendation and a letter of explanation for review by the Admissions Committee. International students from universities that do not use a GPA system must have a minimum grade average of 75 out of 100. All applicants must be at least 18 years of age by the start of the program
Learn more about the Admissions process here
Can I travel with Forum-Nexus even if I have already graduated from my university?
If you have graduated within the last four years, you are still eligible to participate in our program. We recommend that you take your Forum-Nexus courses at the graduate level, as the credits may be of value to you in the future if you decide to pursue graduate school.
Have you had any students from my country before?
Forum-Nexus hosts students from all over the world. Generally 70% are US students and the rest come from countries like Mexico, Brazil, Egypt, India, Canada, the UK, China, Russia, Korea, Spain, Ukraine, Peru, Vietnam, Colombia, and many more.
How many students are there in the program?
Typically about 60 students from around the world participate in the summer program.
What is the itinerary?
We will be traveling from June 30th to July 28th, 2018 through 5 countries in Europe, visiting 9 of the most exciting cities: Amsterdam, Paris, Geneva, Chamonix, Lugano, Como, Milan, Rome, and Rhodes.
You can find a detailed itinerary here
In order to accommodate the needs of students who may have schedule limitations, we offer 1 main session (lasting 1 month) and several intensive sessions (lasting 2.5 to 3.5 weeks).
More details regarding dates and sessions here
What are the program fees and what do they include?
The program fees range between $9,371 and $12,155 depending on the number of credits you choose and the session you join. Plus, you can enjoy a substantial discount by participating in our Early Bird Discount
You can find full details here
The fees include:
- Tuition for two or three courses (5 or 8 credits)
- Accommodation in 4- and 5-star hotels
- Buffet breakfast in all hotels
- Professional visits
- All transportation within Europe between Amsterdam and Rome, by private coach or high-speed train
- Health insurance
- Welcome reception
- Farewell dinner
What is the housing arrangement?
Students, faculty, and staff participating in the Forum-Nexus Study Abroad program stay in excellent 4 and 5-star full service hotels, in double and triple occupancy rooms. Students have the opportunity to request their roommates throughout the program.
View a full list of hotels here
What can I do over the weekends
On Saturdays and Sundays, you may elect to participate in optional FN day trips
, organized by Forum-Nexus, or go on independent weekend excursions
, organized by groups of students.
Optional FN Day Trips
As a complement to the itinerary of the program, Forum-Nexus offers exciting day trips to additional cities with great cultural and sightseeing value. Most of them happen on Saturdays, and provide students with an opportunity to enrich their travel experience around Europe. The average cost for an optional FN day trip is $100. The following is the list of planned trips:
Independent Weekend Excursions
- Sunday, July 8 - A full day visiting the Palace of Versailles.
- Saturday, July 14 - A full day visits to the amazing canals of Venice.
- Sunday, July 15 - A full day visiting the city of Florence.
- Saturday, July 21 - A full day visiting the Island of Capri.
- Tuesday, July 24 - An afternoon and evening visit to the whitewashed hillside medieval village of Lindos, including a visit to its acropolis and to its beautiful beaches.
Groups of students may elect to travel to other cities on their own during weekends throughout the program. Independent Weekend Excursions are organized by students prior to or during the program, and usually involve a Friday afternoon or Saturday morning departure by train or plane, and a Sunday night return to the Forum-Nexus base city. There are two suggested destinations for every weekend. Students must complete an Independent Weekend Excursion Form to inform Forum-Nexus staff of any travel plans outside of the FN itinerary.
- Weekend #1
July 6-8: London or Barcelona
- Weekend #2
July 13-15: Berlin or Prague
- Weekend #3
July 20-22: Athens or Santorini
How do I apply?
You may submit an application
online for free. You must complete the application form as well as submit the required essay component in order for your application to be processed.
If you are interested in pursuing a Supervised Independent Study (SIS) course, you must also submit an SIS Course Request Form in order to be considered for that course.
Learn more about the application process here
When will I know if I've been accepted to the program?
Within 2 weeks after you apply and submit the required essay, you will receive an email notification about your acceptance.