The United States and Canada offer some of the best experiences in the world for travelers who are looking to spend time outside. There are 107 designated national parks as well as countless other points of interest for “granola”s all over the globe. You could just take a summer road trip, or you could embark on the adventure of a lifetime and live in one of these iconic locations for a semester or academic year. OSU offers students the unique opportunity to exchange to other campuses in the United States and Canada through the National Student Exchange program. If you are looking to explore a new place and knock some items off of your bucket list, these campuses are likely to be perfect for you.
1. Southern Utah University
Southern Utah University is located in Cedar City, Utah. This small town is charming and the perfect location for anybody looking for their next big adventure. It is located within an hour-and-a-half drive of Zion National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, and Cedar Breaks National Monument. It is also about 3 hours from Antelope Canyon and Grand Canyon National Park. Given its centralized location and the outdoorsy community in Cedar City, Southern Utah University is an ideal campus for all things outside.
2. University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau)
The University of Alaska Southeast at Juneau is located less than a mile from Tongass National Forest and the Mendenhall glacier. Students at UAS have abundant opportunities to experience hiking, camping, boating, fishing, snowboarding, skiing, ice skating, rock & ice climbing, glacier travel & more in a truly beautiful environment. Additionally, the small campus size contributes to a feeling of community and an intimate learning environment.
3. University of Wyoming
The University of Wyoming is truly the best of both worlds. The campus is vibrant and known for a tight-knit community, and students are surrounded by natural beauty. The University is located in Laramie, WY, nestled between two mountain ranges. The area is notorious for being a hotspot for recreational activities and its close proximity to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park.
4. University of Montana
The University of Montana is located in Missoula, the second-largest city in Montana. It is also often referenced as the cultural center of Montana. Missoula is acclaimed for its natural beauty and plethora of activities for residents and visitors to partake in. Missoula is a short three-hour drive to Glacier National Park and only six hours from Yellowstone. This makes it a great home base for any trips you wish to take. Missoula itself is known to be a great city for downhill/cross-country skiing, rock climbing, canoeing, kayaking, rafting, fishing, camping, and more!
5. University of Calgary
The University of Calgary, located in Alberta, Canada, is yet another ideal campus for anyone with a backpack and a little bit of wanderlust. Not only does it offer convenient placement in relation to Waterton National Park and Banff National Park, but it is also one of Canada’s largest universities and ranked in the top 2% of the world’s universities by 2019 THE rankings. The University of Calgary is less than a 3-hour drive from Waterton Lakes National Park as well as an hour drive to Banff National Park. As if that isn’t enough reason to exchange to Calgary, there are also 5 major ski resorts within 3 hours of the campus.
These are just a few opportunities for students to experience the beautiful landscape and geography of the United States and Canada. To learn more about exchanging to somewhere in the US or Canada, visit http://www.nse.org or abroad.okstate.edu. Let curiosity be your compass!