There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges, including this week’s School Spotlight, Austin College. Unless you’re from Texas, Austin College is likely a gem you’ve never heard of. But that shouldn’t stop you from considering it as an amazing option, especially if you love the idea of spending four years in a diverse, engaging, and supportive campus environment that provides scores of life changing opportunities. For the 1,300 students enrolled at Austin College, one of the 45 Colleges That Change Lives, learning doesn’t stop in the classroom. Thanks to JanTerm and Career Study Off-Campus, students gain hands-on experiences learning about new cultures and career opportunities on a regular basis. This upcoming winter, 10 amazing JanTerm courses will be taking place in locations such as Costa Rica (with a course titled The Power of Nature, Yoga, and Art to Heal Us); Mexico (where students can master the Spanish language); and Scotland (with a course titled Castles, Crosses, Kilts, and Celts). Given options like these, it’s not surprising that 70 percent of students complete some kind of international experience during their time at Austin College. Fun fact: students looking to immerse themselves in foreign language and culture may want to live in the on-campus Language House, where German, Spanish, French, Japanese, and Chinese are spoken throughout day.
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