University. A fantastic opportunity to enrich our minds with knowledge whilst simultaneously killing our brain cells with excess alcohol and questionable energy drinks. People are always telling you to ‘make the most’ of your university experience, and a great way to do so is to study abroad.
For any travel fanatic, having the chance to experience life as a student in another country and instantly ingrain yourself in a foreign community makes studying abroad a no-brainer! But where should you go?
With study abroad the world (quite literally) is your oyster, which makes it difficult to choose just one place to spend your studies in. That’s why we’ve scoured the globe and rounded up the best countries to study abroad for students who want to embrace new cultures – and have a little fun along the way!
Whether you’re a party loving booze hound, or a rather sophisticated soul, (it’s France for you darling), we’ve covered all bases to give you a great insight into the best places to study abroad. Expect historic cities, artsy cities, foodie cities and obviously party cities!
So here are 4 of the best countries to study abroad:
Spain is pretty much made for studying abroad. People just don’t really *do* mornings in Spain, meaning you don’t have to worry about sleeping through those pesky 9am lectures! Long afternoons, dangerously delicious oily food, and never-ending nightlife await any Spanish student. Spanish cities are thriving, bustling hubs of excitement but at the same time enjoy a laid back and relaxed atmosphere.
With the cost of tuition and the cost of living in Spain lower than other European countries, and particularly cheap compared to the US, Spain is actually one of the cheapest places to study abroad in Europe! So you can pocket those extra pennies… or just spend them on Sangria and Paella instead!
Barcelona is an extremely popular study abroad city, and with good reason! Barcelona has the culture, the history, the music scene and some of the best restaurants in the world. Spend your free days wandering around the city and admiring the iconic Cathedral, and spend your evenings dancing into the early hours of the morning. Barcelona’s nightlife scene is wild!
Famous for Flamenco dancing and the cobbled streets of the city’s old town, Seville has (dare we say it) a more authentic Spanish feel to the city. Spend your weekends in Plaza de Espana wandering along the gorgeous winding river and admiring the historic architecture while you study abroad.
My host family called the culture ‘street culture’ in the sense that everyone is always out, meeting with their families and neighbors at local bars and restaurants, the whole neighborhood knows each other and it’s so tightly connected. No one ever sits at home and watches TV, everyone’s always out getting beers with people or just sitting in cafes for hours at a time.
Of course, most students who study abroad in the UK tend to opt for London; the classic choice, the Big Smoke, the Razzle Dazzle… (‘n all that jazz). London has the history, it has the culture and it has the glamour, but London also has an edgier scene adored by students. Shoreditch street art and amazing outdoor food markets. Rooftop bars and underground art galleries. London is as diverse as it is famous. London is also home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Kings College, LSE and Imperial are among the highest ranked in the world, so you’ll earn some serious bragging rights if you study at one of these!