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exchange programs by nohtyp.ytnom on 17 June 2006 1:32am
my sister has been on several excange programs to frace because she adores french and is currently working on it in college even farther. I can also speak a bit of french but have not really been quite as dedicated. I would like to go to another country in exchange program but I don't really know which places are best. any ideas?
Re: exchange programs by pandab on 17 June 2006 2:17am
What kinds of things interest you?

If you are into history, what period most interests you? My picks would be England, France or Italy for the Renaissance. For the Middle Ages, I would pick England or France. Personally, I don't know much about Germanic history, but I know Germany and Austria have rich ones. What about ancient history? Italy and Greece win, hands down. And those are just the "stars" in Europe.

Maybe Asian culture is more your thing. If so, what about Japan or Korea?

If you are more into art than history, I have to fall back on France with Italy running a REALLY close second.

Let's see ... You could be interested in more modern times. If so, Germany could be a good start. Then go east to the "new" Europe.

As far as languages go ... You mentioned French. That could lead you, heavens, almost anywhere. Many African countries still use French as a "common" language. If my geography isn't too off base, you could look in the Caribbean.

Spanish? There is Mexico, Central and South America. Personally, I would go for Spain.

Those are just a few ideas. Without knowing about your interests, I can't offer anything more precise.

Re: exchange programs by nohtyp.ytnom on 17 June 2006 3:10am
great advice- thank you very much! I only know a bit of french and then, well, english. I love art too. I am leaning a little towards an english speaking country more than that of another language. I like certain parts of history.. more of the airplanes and cars through history and the world wars facinate me. I also like roman and greek mythology and astrology (which have obvious places to go..) I have some friend who love asain culture but I don't know as much about it. I have a slight interest but have not really taken a look into very much into chinese culture but I do know a smidge of japanese culture. any more advice?
Re: exchange programs by tim96 on 17 June 2006 11:59am
www.concordia-iye.org.uk have a pretty big selection of exchange programmes, from africa, asia and europe. worth checking out.

Re: exchange programs by pandab on 19 June 2006 4:48am
If you are leaning toward an English-speaking country and have an interest in the World Wars, it sounds like Great Britain might be a good fit.

One of the things I personally love about Britain is that there are so many facets to explore. Ancient, medieval, Renaissance, modern ... Britain has it all.

If you ever visit London, make sure you take time for the Cabinet War Rooms, halfway between Westminster and Trafalgar Square (more or less). The CWR is the heart of Britain's WWII planning. It is preserved pretty much as it was when WWII ended, complete with Churchill's PJs laid out on the bed he slept in.


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