TRAVEL & LIFESTYLE

TOP 10 DESTINATIONS TO STUDY ABROAD

Uma Krishanwal, Travel Writer, India

20 January 2018

If your college is starting to feel monotonous and lackluster, it’s probably because you have been missing out on one of the most enlivening experiences of a person’s life. Studying abroad is right up there and don’t be surprised if your semester abroad yields more pictures than the first six months of your life!

Trying to choose the best place to study abroad and not sure where to start? Our mystical study abroad sages have peered into their crystal balls to bring you the most spectacular places to study abroad.

 NEW ZEALAND

While there are unfortunately no real Hobbits wandering the valleys of New Zealand on quests, the unworldly landscape will have you wondering whether you really are in Middle-earth.

With two islands, 30 million sheep, and the strongest rugby team in the world, New Zealand is also one of the best places to study abroad because you can dabble in adrenaline pumping extreme sports in your free time while studying at some seriously top-notch universities. From the University of Otago in the South to the   University of Auckland in the North, New Zealand has got some amazing universities to choose from.

SWEDEN

If you like midday coffee breaks accompanied by pastries and dancing around flowery poles on Midsummer, Sweden is calling you to study abroad next year.

With a well-developed knowledge-based economy, Sweden places great emphasis on education and has a highly educated population as proof, resulting in several accomplished higher education institutions. Thousands of lakes and forests cover Sweden’s area, filling it with natural beauty and outdoor adventures all the way past the Arctic Circle.

FRANCE

From the dazzling city lights and sights of Paris to the coastal sun and fun of the French Riviera, students love the romanticism of France.

Apart from being an obvious choice to refine your skills in the language of love, France’s universities and study abroad programs offer incredible opportunities to study fashion, art, philosophy and culinary arts.

CHILE

This slice of life is wedged between the imposing Andes mountain range to the East and a 4,000 stretch of pristine coastline on the Pacific Ocean to the West.

While you may have only heard of the capital city, Santiago, there are several other cities throughout Chile’s pepper-shaped borders to consider for studying abroad. Chile shares a similar European conquest history with other Latin American countries, giving way to a unique blend of European and indigenous influences in its culture and language.

CHINA

As a world superpower housing a little more than 18 percent of the world’s population, understanding China’s complex culture shaped over thousands of years of dynasties, wars, and art has quickly become increasingly vital for the world stages.  Study abroad in any of the dozens of cities lining the eastern coast to experience the overwhelming results of urbanization or discover China’s quieter rural areas frozen back in time.

SPAIN

As the birthplace of the world’s second most spoken language and conveniently located just a short flight away from Africa and the rest of Europe, Spain is naturally a classic study abroad favorite.

Dimly lit flamenco tableaus with tapas, tremendous vats of freshly prepared paella, and non-stop celebrations past towering cathedrals are only a handful of the thrilling reasons you should think about studying abroad in Spain next year.

THAILAND

A bargain cost of living, top universities, and tropical ethereal beaches, have made Thailand a study abroad destination hotter than its spices.

Whether you choose to study in Bangkok, Chiang Mai or a more rural location, you are going to find colorful markets, mouthwatering food, and a whole lot of smiles everywhere you go. Although tourism and business are popular traditional study options, some shorter-term programs also offer Volunteer opportunities in Thailand, so how about bathing elephants when you are finished with work?

ITALY

Who hasn’t dreamed of gazing upon Michelangelo’s intricate frescos in the Sistine Chapel or devouring a “real” pizza under the shadows of the Duomo’s spires in Milan?

? From the great Roman civilization to some of the savoriest cuisine in the world, Italy never fails to capture our imaginations. With so many study abroad programs in Italy to choose from, you can study virtually anywhere on this boot shaped country, and even on a few islands!

ARGENTINA

The second-largest country in South America, Argentina boasts stunning natural beauty, with a diverse geography that makes it ideal for students keen on outdoor adventure and exploration. Argentina is also considered one of the safest countries in the region and is known for its fun-loving culture and passionate national identity.

ENGLAND

Prestigious top-tier institutions such as the University of Cambridge and the University of Oxford have helped shaped England’s international reputation as a prominent destination for quality higher education and a secure place as one of the top destinations for studying abroad. Apart from a long history of academic prowess and contributions, students studying abroad in England will find no end to exciting pursuits outside the classroom. Study abroad in England and discover all the unexpected joys that have made this destination an all-time favorite!