You might have always thought about the big countries that everyone else is aware of, while thinking about going overseas to study. There are lot of institutions and organisations out there that offer very unusual programmes and at places you'd never consider. Here is a list of places and courses offered that you wouldn't think of.
Antarctic University Expedition and American Universities International Programs among others offer an opportunity to sail to Antarctica to learn about its environment, tourism and history (not to forget the opportunity to see the colony of penguins up close!)
SIT Study Abroad offers a course where one can study exotic and endangered animals while trekking through the mountains. the programme involves a stay at a Nepali residence for six weeks, so you don't have to miss your family while you're there!
Academic Programs International offers a chance to study about the culture, language and cinema of Cuba. No prerequisites required if you do a January term. If you opt for a whole semester then you would require Spanish.
Amman in Jordan:
ISA in partnership with Al-Ahliyya Amman University and Princess Sumaya University For Technology offer a course where one can learn Arabic, or study Middle East (those apart from Abu Dhabi or Dubai). Interested students must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA for Arabic Language and Middle Eastern Studies. A GPA of 3.0 is required for Business, Engineering and Information Technology.
Siberia in Russia:
SARS (The School of Russian and Asian Studies) in alliance with Irkutsk State Linguistic University offer an opportunity to those who want to study about Siberian culture. You are not required to know Russian.
Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia:
SIT Study Abroad offers an opportunity to those who want to learn juxtaposition of the traditional and the modern, a portion of this programme involves staying within urban Ulaanbaatar with a Ulaanbaatar family.
Kayaking in Patagonia in Chile:
Patagonia Study Abroad offers a chance for those who are interested in kayaking. The programme focuses heavily on exploring Chile and Chilean culture through kayak. People can learn their outdoor survival skills with beautiful scenery surrounding them! For beginners there is no prerequisite required. However, for intermediate to advanced, students experience is required.
The Pyongyang Project in partnership with Brown, Tufts, and Lafayette college, amongst others offer this programme. Open education programme is also offered by it. Those who want to go for a North Korean tour and also attend the crash course can opt for this. You can also visit the hermit kingdom without being jailed! Prerequisites includes the ability to follow Korean rules, as they are strictly followed.
Maasai Steppe in Kenya and Tanzania:
The School For Field Studies offers a chance for those who want to learn about Maasai and Iraqw cultures. This includes musical ceremonies, opportunities to see rural settlements and lessons in spear-throwing. Prerequisites includes one semester of college level biology or ecology in any language.
Scuba Diving in Turks and Caicos:
The School For Field Studies offers this course, for those who want to learn or improve snorkeling or SCUBA skills. This includes learning about tropical fishes. Prerequisites includes one semester of college-level biology or ecology.
Sailing around the world with Semester At Sea:
Semester at Sea offers this wonderful programme to those who have dreamt of sailing around the world. In honor of Semester at Sea's 50th anniversary they are conducting a world voyage in 2014. This embarks from San Diego and ends in Southampton, UK. In 16 cities the voyage has stops, that include North America, Asia, Africa, and Europe. Prerequisites include obtaining visas.