12 Of The Best Places To Study Abroad

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1. Bond University — Gold Coast, Australia
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Located on the luxurious Gold Coast, Bond University is surrounded by pristine beaches, insane nightclubs, and rich Australian culture. The campus itself is known for its beautiful landscape and friendly yet knowledgable staff. But avoid the water on campus — there are bull sharks in there.

Why You Should Go: Reputable university near beaches and kangaroos with people from all over the world.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Take the bus to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Cuddle with a kangaroo.


2. Keio University — Tokyo, Japan
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Keio Unversity was Japan’s first private institution of higher learning. Keio places importance on employing the most qualified faculty and staff. It’s not merely a place for academic pursuit — the university states in its mission that it strives to be a constant source of honorable character and a paragon of intellect and morals for the entire nation.

Why You Should Go: At Keio University, “Ecology Week” is held every June, and during the one-week event, students, faculty, and staff work together to think about the environment and to take action.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Take time to soak in the Niwa no Yu hot spring. Just you and your thoughts.


3. University of Granada — Spain

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Author Ernest Hemingway once said, “If you were to visit only a city in Spain, this should be Granada.” Granada is filled with historic scenes, artistic structures, and rich culture. Not to mention a student-driven nightlife.

Why You Should Go: It’s a small enough city that you can walk just about everywhere, but it doesn’t seem too small. Oh, and free flamenco concerts. Need we say more?

One Thing You Should Do While There: Explore the Alhambra! It’s a palace and fortress complex in Granada, Andalusia, that was originally an Islamic citadel and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


4. Fudan University — Shanghai, China
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Fudan University is within the epicenter of China, Shanghai, and provides students with a comfortable campus and base for exploration of this sprawling city. Fudan offers students a wide array of language courses as well as options to intern within the city. Students are housed in fully furnished apartments and placed with English-speaking local students to help ease the transition period.

Why You Should Go: You’ll be right in the heart of Shanghai, one of the world’s fastest-growing and most prominent cities for everything from business to fashion.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Check out the Gonqing Forest Park along the Huang Pu River.


5. American College Dublin — Ireland
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American College Dublin can be found in the center of Dublin in the middle of historic Merrion Square. The campus is within walking distance of all that Dublin has to offer; theaters, museums, restaurants, galleries, and of course, pubs. American College Dublin boasts that they understand that studying in Ireland is not just about the classes; it is also about experiencing the culture of Dublin and Ireland.

Why You Should Go: The American College Dublin was once ranked seventh in the world for study-abroad institutions.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Check out Experience Gaelic Games. At Experience Gaelic Games, you are given the chance to learn more about and then play the unique Irish games of hurling, Gaelic football, and handball.


6. Semester at Sea

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In the spring and fall semesters, Semester at Sea offers a 100-day program that takes students around the globe on a ship. There are slightly shorter trips offered for summertime. Students will typically visit eight to eleven countries during this time. The program is currently sponsored by the University of Virginia.

Why You Should Go: You’ll be hard-pressed to find another program that allows you to travel to so many different places and experience so many different cultures. Oh, and you’re on a ship.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Kiss a fish or shave your head on Neptune Day.


7. University of Belgrano (Sol Education Abroad) — Argentina

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The University of Belgrano (Sol Education Abroad) has 142 academic cooperation agreements with universities worldwide and is the founder of the Latin American Network for Academic Cooperation. The campus features superb classrooms, as well as several libraries and cafeterias. And the campus is just minutes from downtown Buenos Aires.

Why You Should Go: Easily perfect your Spanish speaking skills while learning more about Latin-American issues, all while living with a host family if you choose to do so.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Head to Las Cañitas and take in a polo match at the Campo Hipico Militar.


8. New York University at Berlin — Germany

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Berlin has been called the “Silicon Valley of Europe.” A city deemed youthful, artistic, and cultural is a crucial part of modern European history. With the city’s rich history sparring from World War II, Cold War, and beyond, students will learn just as much outside of the classroom.

Why You Should Go: Day trips and guided excursions in and around Berlin are included in the program.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Check out the Eastside Gallery on the remainders of the Berlin Wall.


9. University of Cape Town — South Africa

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University of Cape Town is known for its overwhelming beauty as it is located at the foot of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak. Basically you’ll be getting panoramic views of Cape Town. The university’s staff AND students hail from over 100 different countries across the globe.

Why You Should Go: The university has built links, partnerships, and exchange agreements with leading African and international institutions that further enrich the academic, social, and cultural diversity across campus.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Check out Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden…one of the best in the WORLD.


10. Lorenzo de’ Medici — Florence, Italy

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Lorenzo de’ Medici is surrounded by the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. To study and live in Florence is to walk the streets Dante, Brunelleschi, Giotto, and many other contributors to the arts and humanities did. Here students can soak up the culture and history of this great city while learning Italian and studying in buildings from centuries past.

Why You Should Go: Florence was the cradle of Renaissance civilization, the place where Dante, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Galileo forever changed the way we view the world. Talk about inspiration.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Check out a panoramic view of the city by visiting the Piazzale Michelangelo.


11. Universidad VERITAS — San José, Costa Rica

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The VERITAS University is recognized in the Costa Rican and educational environment for its regional focus in the areas of art, design, and architecture. Universidad VERTIAS’ study programs are demanding and use an innovative approach. Universidad VERITAS offers students excellent opportunities for development in the field of audiovisual and design and architecture areas with great potential for professional development today.

Why You Should Go: Three volcanoes surround San José, along with quaint villages, farms, and coffee plantations that dot the surrounding hillsides.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens and feel the mist on your skin.


12. King’s College — London, England

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King’s College London is of the top 30 universities in the world and the fourth oldest in London. In the heart of one of the most infamous cities, students will probably never run out of things to see or do. Experience many different cultures and broaden your own horizons all while living in Harry Potter land.

Why You Should Go: You’ll only spend about eight or nine hours a week in class. The rest is independent study and learning in whichever way you learn best.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Take a 20-minute walk and end up at the National Gallery. See over 2,300 masterpieces for free.


Taylor Goldblatt

After years of research, travel, and dreams, I have created this website for people like you who want to experience the things that only America can offer. My passion is to explore and share America's greatest destinations and attractions. Follow me on Twitter @USCityTraveler for additional travel tips and ideas.

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