The Cowboy Scholars
Co-op at University of British Columbia: For some students, the classroom itself is just too restricting. Co-operative education represents a formalized program that combines academics with relevant work experience. The Vancouver-based school has an extensive network for the students to draw on, as these British Columbia students alternate study and work terms in the field of their choice. UBC specializes in forestry, kinesiology, and engineering, but every student's experience is different -- the common denominator is that all co-op students have the opportunity to graduate with demonstrated hard skills. Sheena Bell, for example, spent four work terms with a wide range of organizations, but landed a job upon graduation as a researcher at the UNESCO Institute for Statistics.
Cardiff School of Art and Design: Maybe you’ve already earned a reputation for berets and other artistic frippery, but the Rhode Island School of Design’s yearly tuition of more than $57,000 would break the bank. You can head to Cardiff, one of Europe's best art schools, for only about $15,000 per year. Whether you're interested in furniture design, welding, or textiles, you can find it here. Cardiff’s degree programs, the school boasts, "will take you to amazing places." Few other schools include among their official opportunities the chance to "maybe even fall in love – who knows."
University of Sao Paulo: Located in a city of more than 20 million people, USP is almost a city itself -- it boasts four hospitals and four museums, and welcomes half a million visitors a year. Its 86,000 students are best known for their skilled research -- comprising 45 percent of all research published in Brazil -- and true to their South American roots, a passion for fútbol and a successful soccer team. USP is located in a city that has even invented its own form of the beautiful game, known as Futebol de Salao, a faster-paced contest played with a smaller ball, to build technical skills.