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College Study Abroad

There are many ways to be a student.

At Dragons we guide university-aged students to far-reaching locations to expand the boundaries of the classroom. Our approach to College Study Abroad Programs is to provide high-quality academic experiences in unconventional places. In addition to rigorous academic exploration, we learn by doing, travel like locals, live with families, and get dirty for the sake of discovery.

Take an alternative path to study abroad through cultural immersion, regional and intercultural studies, independent study projects, language study, and a small-group experience with Dragons.

Explore our semester and summer program options in Bolivia, China, India, Nepal, and Peru.

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Why Dragons

Our Approach

Our study abroad programs are dynamic educational adventures. We bring academic studies to life in unpredictable ways, allowing us to better know ourselves and the world we live in.

Academic Exploration

Make the most of your study abroad

Earn academic credit while developing essential language competence, understanding of regional history and politics, experience with research methods & application, and intercultural communication skills.


Experiential Learning

Push the boundaries of your classroom

At Dragons we believe in harnessing an experiential education approach to academics. This means exploring the limits of where we learn, embracing meaningful challenge, listening humbly to local knowledge, and leaving room for spontaneity.

Why Dragons

Dynamic Programming

Be ready to adventure, explore, and learn

Intentional program components such as rugged travel, homestays, trekking, and learning service are woven throughout the experience to ensure students are exposed to the stories and lessons of host communities.

Program Structure

College Study Abroad Programs

There’s been a growing dialogue about the value of an education in the 21st century. Learners are increasingly asking for concrete sets of global competencies and leadership skills before they join the workforce, or before they take on myriad global challenges that can best be addressed from a place of experience and empathy.

It is hard to gain these skills and perspectives in traditional classroom alone. We are here to offer a different path.

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  • 3 Dragons Activities to Stoke Your Inspiration 

    We are sharing some of our resources to keep positive. Dragons programs focus on creating meaningful connections to self, place, and the planet. Though our mission generally happens abroad, the work we do can definitely translate to life at home.  <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/3-dragons-activities-to-stoke-your-inspiration" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>


    Dragons Director of Student Programming, Aaron Slosberg, was interviewed on Santa Cruz-based podcast What To Be. <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/dragons-featured-on-what-to-be-podcast" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>


    A homestay host in Indonesia reflects on her time with a Dragons student. "In a few days Kat will leave us and I thought, why does time have to go so fast? I had tears in my eyes… I was just getting closer to Kat, and she already had to leave soon. When there is a meeting, there is always a time to say goodbye. 'Sampai jumpa lagi, Kat' (until we... <a href="http://www.wheretherebedragons.com/news/overheard-on-the-yak-board-a-letter-from-kats-host-mom" style="color:#61818F;text-decoration:none">Read more »</a>

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