White sand beaches, sparkling turquoise waters, and warm sunny weather. The Caribbean islands really do offer what first comes to mind, and more.

In addition to tourist–friendly resorts, the Caribbean is home to several well-known international medical schools for U.S. citizens. While English is the official language in many Caribbean nations, the formerly colonized region also offers a number of language immersion opportunities in Spanish, Portuguese, French, and Dutch.

Expect a tropical, mild climate with year-round temperatures ranging from 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Summers are rainy, and the dry season runs from winter through spring. Opportunities for recreation abound; snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, windsurfing, and sailing are all popular. Coral reefs, scenic volcanic features, lush rainforests, and rare fauna can also be discovered.

Study Abroad in the Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda

This twin island state is located in the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua is the more populous island of the two, known for luxury resorts and over 300 beaches. It is the largest of the English–speaking Leeward Islands. Cricket is a major sport.

Study Abroad in the Caribbean: Dominica

Dominica is a melting pot of West Indian, African, American, English, and French culture. The Morne Trois Pitons National Park is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site, featuring tropical forests and a scenic terrain carved by volcanic activity.

Study Abroad in the Caribbean: Grenada

The island of Grenada is rich in French, English, and West Indian history, with colonial architecture in the capital city of St. George. Here's a tasty fact: Grenada provides 20 percent of the world's supply of nutmeg, making it the second largest producer on the planet. Add cinnamon, cloves, mace, and allspice to the mix, and you can see why the island has earned its reputation as a leader in the spice trade.

Study Abroad in the Caribbean: Saint Kitts and Nevis

Saint Kitts was the first British Caribbean colony, established in 1623. The Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis is part of the British Commonwealth, and the two islands are divided by a channel less than two miles long. The nationwide literacy rate is 98 percent.

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