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Which are the top five study abroad programs over the last month? Perennially popular programs? Or some surprises?

Spain and Mexico are still surging alongside a diverse trio.

#1: UCEAP – Japan: Engineering & Science

Bright red maple tree hangs over the bridge in a Japanese garden in Sendai, Japan

Conduct research at Tohoku University, known for developing innovations and hands-on learning. Guided by a faculty supervisor, work in a lab with international and Japanese students on the new Aobayama campus. Stay in Sendai for a full year and experience cherry blossoms in spring and snow in winter.

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#2: UCEAP – Italy: Psychology & Cognitive Science, Padua

Elliptical square of Prato della Valle with a large space with a green island at the center and surrounded by a small canal bordered by two rings of statues in Padova

Put psychology theory into practice at the University of Padua and explore the depth and range of your major. A vibrant college town just east of Venice, Padua features student-filled piazzas and an abundance of cultural, musical, and sporting events. To experience living as an Italian, you will be assigned a local student buddy who will introduce the city and student life, and support you during your stay.

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#3: UCEAP – United Kingdom: English Universities

A red telephone booth with a double decker bus and Big Ben in the background in London England

This program is a full immersion experience, which means you’ll be treated like any other British student. Craft your full-time course schedule based on your academic needs just like back home. Attend class with local Brits and international students from all over the world who choose to study abroad in England.

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#4: UCEAP – Sweden: Lund University

Building on the campus grounds of Lund University in Sweden

Being a hub of technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship, Lund is a fantastic choice for a wide-range of academic pursuits. As the birthplace of innovations like the artificial kidney, Bluetooth, and the eco-friendly Tetra Pak carton, Lund University is an exciting place to study. Take classes in English in your major and access research opportunities in STEM fields.

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#5 (tie): UCEAP – Mexico: National Autonomous Univ. of Mexico (UNAM)

Aerial view of Mexico City skyline and lush green trees around Chapultepec Castle from Chapultepec Park

Bold, exciting, and beautiful, Mexico City is situated on a high mountain plateau. Attending classes with local UNAM students, make progress in your major in just about any field. Popular subjects include anthropology, indigenous culture studies, psychology, economics, and US-Mexico relations. For more practical experience, add an internship related to art, marketing, or aiding refugees, women, and children. Program outings include historic sites, cultural events, and museums. Climb the pyramids of Teotihuacán, wonder at Frida Kahlo’s surreal paintings, or savor a fresh Mexican lunch on a boat ride through the canals of Xochimilco.

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#5 (tie): UCEAP – Italy: Made in Italy

Florence cityscape with a view of Palazzo Vecchio, Cathedral of Santa Maria de Fiore, and Arno River

In beautiful Florence, a global capital of culture and innovation, you can learn about the entrepreneurial spirit that fuels family businesses in Italy, explore how Italian style in food, fashion and art has evolved and is marketed, or study the environment and sustainability in Tuscany. Courses are taught in English.

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#5 (tie): UCEAP – Netherlands: Psychology & Neuroscience, Maastricht University

St. Servatius Bridge and buildings near the river Meuse in Maastricht, Netherlands

Known for groundbreaking studies in psychology, Maastricht University is an extraordinary place to focus on psychology and neuroscience. Select from curated course lists that include Motivation and Emotion, Forensic Psychology, Cognitive Enhancement, and Hormones, the Brain and Behavior. Courses are taught in English and in a group, you will analyze real-world problems, set learning goals, and conduct research.

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Why These?

Maybe it's psychology and cognitive science majors who are showing their interest in studying abroad now. With Japan so far in front, it might be that engineers are looking to continue their research interests, perhaps after a summer of internships. Four of six have upcoming extended deadlines in August.

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