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This is Forum Europe 2018!

We’re back for our 28th year of providing enriching, multi-country study abroad programs, and thrilled to announce our next program… Forum Europe Summer 2018: 9 Cities in 1 Month. Interested in studying abroad next summer? Here is the inside scoop on our upcoming life-changing program. For full program details, visit forum-nexus.com/summer2018 

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Destination 1: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Our full month in Europe kicks off with a 4-day stay in the heart of the Netherlands. Our staff will greet Forum-Nexus students at the Schiphol Airport, coordinate transfers to the hotel, and officially welcome everyone at the Opening Ceremony celebration that afternoon.

While in Amsterdam, you can visit the Van Gogh Museum, tour the Anne Frank House, or take bike or boat rides around the city. Students will begin their academic experience with classes and professional visits to leading global companies and international organizations unique to the Netherlands.

We dare you not to fall in love with the mesmerizing canals, unique architecture, kind locals, and rich history in Amsterdam.

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Destination 2: Paris, France

Together with Forum-Nexus staff and professors, the group will travel by high-speed train from Amsterdam to the center of French culture, politics, and business: Paris!

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During our 5-day stay in the capital of France, you will be able to visit the Louvre Museum, the Notre Dame Cathedral, and stroll along the banks of the Seine River and the famous Champs-Elysees. The week also include visits to prominent French companies and enriching class time.

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That weekend, there will be an Optional FN Day Trip the one and only Palace of Versailles. You are also welcome to take your own Independent Weekend Excursions to nearby London or Barcelona.

Destination 3: Geneva, Switzerland

Next, we’ll bid Paris “Au revoir” and board a private coach to the Swiss Alps. Our day trip to Geneva will be spent visiting top European organizations (United Nations and CERN), taking in the Swiss lakeside city, and finding the best chocolate. We love Geneva for its highly cosmopolitan feel and gorgeous scenery.

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Destination 4: Chamonix, France

After Geneva, breathtaking mountains, lakes, and forests will welcome our group to the resort town of Chamonix. For 4 days, you can unwind from big city life and get the opportunity to explore the beautiful French Alps.

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Classes will be held during the morning in the hotel’s conference center. The afternoons are free to explore local attractions and participate in several outdoor activities, at your leisure of course. The best part of our stay? Taking in the spectacular views of the snow-covered peaks of Mont Blanc.

Destination 5: Lugano, Switzerland

From Chamonix we depart on a day trip to the Lake District at the border of Italy and Switzerland. The first stop will be to the picturesque lakeside city of Lugano, an established center of business, banking, and higher education.

The group will visit the pristine campus of Franklin University Switzerland, a U.S.-accredited liberal arts university with a highly international student body.

Destination 6: Lake Como, Italy

We continue to the Italian city of Como, known for its picturesque waterfront, bustling piazzas, and prominent silk industry. You will have time to eat, explore, and learn about Como’s unique history. Our visit isn’t complete without gelato and a group picture by the lake!

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Destination 7: Milan, Italy

After a day spent by beautiful lakes, we will arrive in Milan, Italy’s proud capital of business, finance, and fashion. Get ready to shop and feast during our 3-day stay. Cultural highlights include the Duomo di Milano, Leonardo da Vinci’s painting “The Last Supper” , and the designer district of Via Montenapoleone.

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On the weekend, you can participate in Optional FN Day Trips to Venice and/or Florence. Berlin and Prague are also easily accessible for an Independant Weekend Excursion.

Destination 8: Rome, Italy

Once our time in Milan wraps up, we’ll pack our bags and board a high-speed train to the eternal city of Rome! Known best for its unique culture, abundant history, and food, the following 5 days in Rome will be well spent. Get ready to check off the majestic St. Peter’s Basilica, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel, the Coliseum, and more off your travel list.

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You can look forward to class sessions at the hotel and a professional visit to the headquarters of the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.

During the weekend, there will be an Optional FN Day Trip to the famous Island of Capri. For Independent Weekend Excursions, we suggest Athens or Santorini.

Destination 9: Rhodes, Greece

Our month of travels concludes with a 6-day long getaway to the beautiful Greecian Island of Rhodes. The group will stay at a 5-star beachside resort, attend classes in the resort’s conference center, and enjoy free time to explore the charming Old Town or relax at the beach. At the end of the week, you can look forward to a farewell dinner and diploma ceremony featuring traditional Greek food and music.

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During the week, there will be an Optional FN Day Trip to Lindos, which includes a visit to the stunning Acropolis overlooking the sea. Once Forum Europe 2018 concludes, you may fly back home or to their next destination.

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Are you ready to book your ticket to a life-changing summer? Apply online for free at www.forum-nexus.com. Submit your application before October 31 and save $1,200 on tuition cost!

For more information on Forum Europe Summer 2018, visit www.forum-nexus.com. Be sure to also follow us on Facebook, Twitter,  Instagram, and check out our YouTube channel for more travel inspo and study abroad news.

 

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Destination 1: This is Barcelona!

Imagine a place where art, beaches, mountains, music, culture, dance, and history beautifully collide. Imagine a city so lively, vibrant, and brimming with zest, you fall in love upon arrival. Imagine no more because this paradise exists, and is waiting to win you over; this is Barcelona, Spain!

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Barcelona is one of those rare, mystical cities where you feel like there is never enough time to spend there; the discoveries are endless! If you ever get the chance to visit, GO without hesitation. To say the least, it’s an iconic destination where you can achieve an authentic European adventure.

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So you may be wondering what to expect on trip to the Catalunya region. Take a little insider advice from a seasoned travel and former Forum-Nexus student who put together, “A Beginner’s Guide to Barcelona.”

Or check out an overview of traveling through Barcelona the Forum-Nexus way.

Barcelona is a fabulous coastal city with both beaches and mountains, outdoor markets, restaurants, and museums. And it’s the first destination on the Forum Europe Summer 2017 itinerary While in Barcelona, students will be able to admire the striking Art Nouveau architecture of Antoni Gaudi in the Sagrada Familia Cathedral and several other sites throughout the city such as Parc Güell, La Pedrera, and Casa Batlló. Barcelona is a powerful center of industry and commerce with the largest port on the Mediterranean. Students will visit Spanish and multinational companies such as the Port of Barcelona, Codorniu, Estrella Damm Brewery and take classes at the campus of the AACSB-accredited IQS School of Management. On the weekend, students can participate in an optional Forum-Nexus Day Trip to the charming medieval city of Girona (yes, Game of Thrones!) and the seaside village of Cadaques (considered the Santorini of Spain and made famous by Salvador Dali) organized by our travel-savvy staff.

 

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Follow along on our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to learn more about this one-of-a-kind city and our summer 2017 program.

Catalunya awaits!

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Vibrance in Barcelona

It is really very difficult to pick one city as a favorite out of all the truly wonderful places that we visited, Barcelona was the first city and it was an amazing start! I landed alone at the airport and took a bus ride to the hotel – that is where my adventure started. It was my first time in Europe and the charm and beauty of the city quickly got hold of me.

The Forum-Nexus hotel was in Plaza de Espana which is a vibrant and important square in Barcelona, very near to the centre of the city. There was much to see just around the hotel and near the Plaza, including a museum and some architectural sights. (I would suggest you that every city you go to, spend the first day or the first few hours walking around the hotel, watching the people pass by and absorbing the atmosphere of the new environment.) Most of the brilliant architecture in Barcelona is the work of a famous Catalan architect, Antoni Gaudi and his team. He had a distinctive style as is visible in places like Park Guell, which I got a chance to visit. There were some nice beaches in and a few miles outside the city, the nightlife of Barcelona is also quite interesting – it is one of the few cities that never sleep!

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The people of Spain are one of the nicest in Europe and will be always happy to talk to you and make you feel welcome. Just sit at any of the restaurants on the street and you will be served with all the love and warmth they can offer. For me, coming from India, these things made me feel like home. A different language may be intimidating, but you will be able to find your way through it.

Meeting all the other students for the first time also made it a lovely experience. Everyone is there to explore the world and learn about new cultures. Forum-Nexus includes students from a variety of different countries. Understanding the differences between people was a new and important experience for me. Of course, you will make friends and spend most of your time with people who share the same interests.

To summarize, I would say that each place and its people make you learn something new  about Europe, and give you something to appreciate. Visiting a new city and meeting new people is always filled with good and maybe a small bad experience, but focussing on the positive will help you in making it a memorable experience.

 By: Ishmeet Sethi, 2015 Forum-Nexus alum

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