Nontraditional study abroad increasingly draws student interest

 

“Nontraditional study abroad increasingly draws student interest”

by Patricia Spears via “The Chronicle

Traditionally, most Duke students who choose to study abroad use the Fall or their junior year to study in Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Australia for the Fall of their junior year.

Traditionally, most Duke students who choose to study abroad use the Fall or their junior year to study in Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Australia for the Fall of their junior year.

Although Europe remains Duke’s most popular study-away destination, an increasing number of students are choosing less traditional options.

 

Traditionally, most Duke students who choose to study abroad—slightly under 50 percent of each class—use the Fall or their junior year to study in Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, France and Australia for the Fall of their junior year. But now, more students are opting for domestic programs and Spring study-abroad programs.

 

Approximately 50 percent of students who choose to study abroad choose to do so in the Fall, 40 percent do so in the Summer and 10 percent in the Spring, said Amanda Kelso, executive director of the Global Education Office.

“Students are recognizing that they should study abroad or study away when it makes sense for them to do it, and that it doesn’t always have to be in the fall semester,” Kelso wrote in an email Feb. 12.

Kelso noted that there have been an increasing number of students choosing semester-long domestic programs—which include locations in New York and Los Angeles.

She said students should take the same amount of care they took in choosing their university when deciding where to spend a semester away from Duke.

There are many factors that go into a student’s decision where to study. Jackie Chipkin, a junior, said she chose to spend this fall studying in Argentina because she did not want to be tempted to travel to new countries every weekend as she felt she would have been in Europe.

“I stayed in Argentina for four months, and I think that pushed me to become more immersed in its language, culture and people,” Chipkin said. . . . .

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“TripAdvisor names travelers’ top picks for US, world destinations”

A lot of these cities/areas have colleges you can pick for study abroad! ** DB

“TripAdvisor Names Travelers’ Top Picks for US, World Destinations”

Bekah Wright

Travelers planning their summer getaways got hot tips on Tuesday — 50 of them, to be exact, when TripAdvisor announced the winners of its sixth annual Travelers’ Choice Awards. Vacation planners’ go-to locales make up the top-25 Traveler’s Choice Destination Lists for the United States and the world.

Winning destinations make the lists based on reviews and opinions from travelers who use the review and booking site.

“TripAdvisor has 260 million monthly unique visitors,” Julie Cassetina, TripAdvisor’s senior public relations specialist, told Yahoo Travel. “Using algorithms, over a 12-month period, we’re able to identify peak months and highest traffic to destinations, as well as taking into account user reviews and ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants.”

Nearly 500 destinations worldwide grabbed coveted spots on the lists. “We saw new additions on both the US and World Destination Lists that people are excited about, whether it’s due to iconic sites and landmarks or outstanding restaurants, beaches and hotels,” Cassetina said.

(Source: TripAdvisor)

TripAdvisor noted newcomers and spot jumpers. Perhaps the most notable wasIstanbul, Turkey, which took top spot among world destinations, up from its former No. 11 position. One reason Cassetina gives for the surge: affordability. “Like many of the international destinations, particularly in Asia, Istanbul offers a great value with one U.S. dollar equaling two Turkish lira.”

Another trend TripAdvisor saw among the Top 25 in the world was an increase in Asian destinations. “Six of the top spots are from Asia, with four climbing at least 10 spaces over the past year,” Cassetina said. “These Asian cities are great for sightseeing, cuisine, weather and value.” 

In the group was Beijing, up 17 spots to No. 4; Hanoi, a newbie on the list, grabbing No. 8; Siem Reap, up 14 spots to No. 9; and Shanghai, climbing 12 rungs to No. 10. 

Other Asian winners were Bangkok (No. 20) and Chiang Mai (No. 24). “We’re especially pleased to see not one, but two Thai destinations recognized by TripAdvisor as part of the 2014 Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Destinations in the World,” Tourism Authority of Thailand – New York director Srimala Waraphaskul told Yahoo Travel. “Thais are known for being both friendly and hospitable, and this recognition is particularly gratifying because the voters are those who have intimately and positively experienced our destination with their loved ones and friends.”

Several U.S. destinations ranked high on the world list: New York City (No. 12, down 10 slots), Chicago (No. 18, down 4 spaces), and San Francisco (No. 25, down 18).  . . . .

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