For some, studying abroad in another country is a dream come true. The concept of being in a foreign land, whether you know the language very well or not at all, is enthralling for adventure seekers and learners. You might be asking, “Why should I travel abroad?” because quite frankly, it is a big commitment and comes with a hefty tuition. But taking a break from your regular routine in college and traveling to another country for a semester is not only a fantastic opportunity, but is also a learning experience! Taking the time to travel across the world to an unknown school, meeting new people, trying new foods, and learning another language, will enhance you as a student and as a person. You can study in Europe, South America, North America, or Central America and still get a top-notch education. Below we have listed some of the top countries and cities to study abroad in, along with various resources for researching different school options in those countries and cities. The places are not listed in any specific order.
1. London, England
Not only is London one of the most visited cities by tourists in the world, but it is also an excellent city to study in. Ranging from the University of College London to Wimbledon College of Art, from the University of Westminster to the London College of Communication, there are a wide variety of options when it comes to schooling in London. The social aspect of England is not missed. With their fine dining and cuisine, clubs, and prestigious art galleries, there is always something to do.
2. Paris, France
If you are searching for a soulmate or lover, Paris is obviously a great option, acknowledged as the “City of Love”. It is also a city with lots of history, museums, attractions, and top universities and schools. Study the French language or liberal arts at the famous Institut Catholique de Paris or business at The American Business School Paris. With its rich culture, delicious cuisine, and beautiful language, Paris is definitely an excellent city to study abroad.
Nemo should’ve taken the opportunity to study while being trapped in the dentist’s office in Sydney. Australia is a beautiful country, filled with gorgeous landscapes, big cities, and the Sydney Opera, of course! The University of Sydney, The University of Western Australia, and St. Bonaventure are only some of the excellent schools that have study abroad programs for college students in Australia. Some even offer programs for studying aquatic and marine life, along with service projects in Australia’s National Parks!
Spanish is becoming a popular language with more and more people studying it and immersing themselves in it every year. Not only is the language beautiful, but most cities (and small towns) in Spain have immaculate beauty, whether it be simple scenery or an incredibly old Cathedral. Sol Education Abroad is an excellent program if you are interested in completely immersing yourself in the culture and becoming fluent in the language. Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona is another excellent school, offering a broad variety of programs, with one of its specialities being international studies.
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Oh Italy. We love your food. And of course your beautiful country as well! Become engulfed in the rich culture, acquainted with the language, and enjoy all of the social outputs! Temple University and Arcadia University both offer study abroad programs in Italy. Or, study abroad and intern in Florence, Italy with the University of Minnesota. There are an endless amount of options when it comes to studying abroad in Italy!
6. The United States
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Although the United States of America may not have classy European cathedrals or outdoor markets in every city, with English being one of the most sought out languages from outsiders, the U.S. is a very popular country to study abroad in. With a huge amount of universities, colleges, community colleges, and tech schools, there are more than enough programs for college students to pursue. Each town and city is different, and each one is sure to have interesting history about it! Aside from schooling, America has a wide range of fun things to do, including going to the movies, bowling, shopping, eating out with friends, or watching sports events.
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With their cute towns on the sides of mountains to their rich history, with tall temples and national sites, Greece is a beautiful place to study. Although their language is not as pursued English or Spanish, Greek is an interesting ancient language to learn. Become fully immersed in Greece through Lingua Service Worldwide, which offers private language centers and full language immersion for fast learning. The Global TESOL Training Institute, which offers training for becoming an English teacher for those who don’t know the English language. This program/major offers many jobs in an endless amount of countries! So what better way to study than in Greece, with your toes dipped in the Mediterranean Sea?
8. Tokyo, Japan
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One of the top cities in the world visited by tourists, Tokyo is a sleepless city with its brilliant lights never dimming. If you are intrigued by the Japanese language, the KCP International Japanese Language School is a wonderful option offered in Tokyo, and is offered at all levels five times throughout the year. If you are interested in small private study abroad school, then ISA (International Studies Abroad) is a wonderful choice, offering studies like sociology and economics. Enjoy Tokyo’s fish markets, historical shrines, parks and gardens filled with beautiful nature, and palace tours along the way!
Who knows! Maybe you’ll be the first in your family to walk the Great Wall of China, all 13,170 miles of it! While that is not overly realistic, studying abroad in China is! And who doesn’t like Chinese food? Get some real experience with Syracuse University Abroad, where you have the opportunity to visit various businesses and factories, along with getting internships at different businesses and agencies. If you are serious about learning Mandarin, Join Go China Abroad for an intense language study with professional teachers and one on one tutors.
10. Dublin, Ireland
It would be pretty unlucky to forget about the beautiful city of Dublin in Ireland! A very welcoming and studious nation, Ireland has many different study abroad options. Although the dialect is different, it is a lot simpler to study abroad there if you speak English. There are many different internship programs available, including Connect 123 Internship & Volunteer Programs, IES Internships, Panrimo Study & Intern Abroad, and World Internships. Its beautiful skies is only a small characteristic that adds to this gorgeous city!