Tattooing is the most misunderstood art form in Japan today. Looked down upon for centuries and rarely discussed in social circles, people with tattoos are outcasts in this country, banned from most public spaces such as beaches, bathhouses, and even gyms. Tattoos have an extensive history in Japan, and to truly understand the stigma behind them it is essential to be aware of their significance. The first records of tattoos...Read More
It’s been two months since we arrived in Auckland, New Zealand, and our students have now had time to move beyond simply being visitors in a new land to rightfully categorizing themselves as full-fledged locals. Their opinions have been carefully formulated through trial and error as to who has the best coffee when its time to hit the books and which record store to hit up for the best new sounds each week. It’s truly amazing to watch their initial buzz about the announcement of our destinations transform into a palpable, sustained excitement as they live their life in these countries, and judging by where we have picked out for next year, that excitement is going to be more incredible than ever.
Each of next year’s locations were chosen due to their possessing a unique set of advantages for hosting a term, which we’ll explore below. While all three countries are inherently unique, they all share one commonality: Europe. This will be the first year where all three terms are held on the same continent, and also the first year where we will be returning to a location that we’ve already visited. So where are we headed? If you’d like to learn a bit about each country and try to guess, refer to our trivia before. Just want the countries? Click here, here, and here.
Semester One (August – December)
- Environmentally sound: This country is ranked as the most sustainable in the world.
- Plenty of places to take a dip: with over 97,500 lakes, our students will have plenty of places to go for a swim.
- Furniture kings: With at least one of this country’s popular stores found in 32 out of our 46 students’ home countries, there’s a good chance that their desk or bed originated here.
- Respected writers: This well-read country has produced seven Nobel laureates in the field of literature, author’s we’ll surely cover during our time here.
- A hiker’s paradise: Over 50% of this country is covered in forest, giving us plenty of reasons to get outside for both leisure and science class.
- Smart Cookies: A global ranking of higher education systems ranked this country #1 in Europe. Something to consider post graduation.
- Free to roam where we want: This country enjoys the right of public access, allowing everyone to roam freely on both public and private land. Pick mushrooms and camp to your heart’s content, but always be courteous.
Our first term will be held in Sweden!
Semester Two (January – March)
- Not that old: When a former country dissolved this country was founded in 1992, making it one of the “newest” that we’ve visited.
- Tongue tied: The linguists in our ranks will appreciate that this country has three national languages: Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian, giving them plenty of opportunities to pick up new phrases.
- The next best thing to Turkish coffee: Four centuries of Turkish rule have left an indelible mark on this country, especially when it comes to the quality of its coffee. Long nights of studying won’t be a problem here!
- Best to get around by foot: The residents of this country’s cities and towns love to walk around and socialize. It’s the best way to see and learn about many of the hidden treasures that exist here.
- Except when you are on a raft: The turquoise rivers that flow throughout this country are some of the most beautiful in the world. Our more adventurous students will love white-water rafting down them.
- An ecological dream: This country presents a rare opportunity for science lessons at one of Europe’s last remaining rainforests. The spruce and fir trees here also give way to the amazing Skacavac waterfall — perfect for cooling off on a hot day.
- Much to learn: Its troubles now long in the past, exploring this country’s recent history through place-based learning will provide our students with excellent opportunities for roundtable discussions and self reflection.
Our second term will be held in Bosnia and Herzegovina!
Semester Three (April – June)
- So much to see, even on rainy days: Frommer’s ranks this country’s capital as one of the top ten cities for museums in the world
- Ingenuity abounds: From batteries to eyeglasses, inventors from this country have been crafting remarkable world-changing devices here since the 1400’s.
- Birthplace of The Renaissance: Fitting all of this country’s cultural contributions into one term will be daunting, but we’re certainly up for the challenge.
- More than just amazing cities: With 4,600 miles of coastline and the most beaches in Europe, this country presents amazing opportunities to study marine biology (and relax on the weekends!)
- A foodie’s paradise: Perhaps nowhere else on earth is as renowned for its food as this country; desserts, entrees, meats and cheeses — whatever you desire, you can likely find it here.
- Music to their ears: Fans of the opera will have plenty of opportunities to experience drum rolls and crescendos live in the birthplace of this cherished art form.
- Architecture abounds: This country is famous for being home to some of the most famous structures in the world. Our students will love taking Instagrams of themselves in front of Baroque, Neoclassical, and modern structures.
Our third term will be held in Italy!
Do you know what would make our next school year even better? You.
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