I'm actually going into my third year (pending my passing of final exams ) and am studying abroad. Im taking Business at Monterrrey Tech in Monterrey, Mexico. I am "uber" excited and can't wait to learn a new language. Im going for the year because I dont think a semester is long enough, and I also did not want to find two places of living in a single year, which could get pricey. While i have not completed the experience yet, I would definitely encourage you to do so because it gives you numerous opportunities. Firstly, you get to leave whatever University town you are in for a year (for me it's Hamilton, *gag*) and get to immerse yourself in a completely different culture. Secondly, you get to attend another university in the world, and still only have to pay the tuition of your current school, which is a "megantic" opportunity. Thirdly, you can travel from your desired location and see more of the world! On school time! While it is true that my fourth year will be hell, since I will have no electives, and all mandatory business courses, it's worth it.
Well, as I said it's a while away, so I'm not quite sure what will be offered when I'm ready to go. However, judging from what has been offered in the past, and what is offered currently, I'm deciding between London, Paris, or somewhere in the Carribean ( ) .
So far I've been pretty much set on London, for a few reasons. First it's english speaking (there is a high english population in Paris, but still...), second it would lend itself to my course of study (History), third it's one of the hot spots for progressive, and lastly I am a citizen of the United Kingdom, so I could stay for the summer (depending on the semester offerings, hoping for winter) and work.