Why, howdy folks! It’s time to get out of your school funk and start exploring this big ol’ ball we call home. Step away from the States for a while; spend a semester (or summer) abroad to explore new cultures, brave new foods, take that ultimate vacation, make new friends, and learn more about yourself. Whether you’re the quiet, inquisitive artist happily bent over your studio desk or an adventurous trail blazer tackling mountains and cliffs, the myWebRoom team found nine amazing countries for each and every one of you!
The United Kingdom
Yeah, baby, yeah! Sorry… that was a bad Austin Powers joke, but this is the perfect place to start with. Since we share the English language (used just a little differently) England makes a great place to ease into a familiar – yet foreign – experience!
The extraordinary instructors and wide, airy studios make for happy students.
Spend your free time with your classmates and try London’s famous fish and chips, stroll along the Thames, catch a glimpse of the royals, or goof off on the cityscape.
Of course, London isn’t the only city in the United Kingdom. Let’s say you’re like me and you love quiet cities, nature hikes, and crazy cultural festivals, then you should do a semester in Reading!
The University of Reading sits smack dab in the middle of this large town that dates back to the Roman occupation and still has all its historic charm. Check out the lively music scene and ample bars. This well situated city is only 24 miles from Oxford and a half-hour train ride to London.
Time to get all highfalutin. You can’t imagine Paris without thinking about the amazing food, impressive culture, and fabulously dressed citizens. The city of love becomes your classroom at The Sorbonne (that’s the University of Paris to the uninitiated). The building opens directly onto street, entwining the university with every-day city life.
Sit in sun-drenched lecture rooms. The Sorbonne specializes in literature, languages, arts, humanities and social sciences.
Ride the metro to some of the richest food you’ll ever taste. The city’s so rife with art, even the Parisian underground is a haven for creativity. It’s a city that’s inspired culture all over the word, including here at myWebRoom – which I’m sure you can tell from our Oh, Paris! collection.
Host study halls on the cobblestone streets of the city.
You’ll come home with stronger French and a refined palette. And if the Sorbonne isn’t your scene, you can always apply for the business-centric classes at the American University of Paris. Both universities recently turned 50 and offer semester and year-long international programs.
If you’re drawn to the beauty and sophistication of Paris but are wary of that infamous Parisian attitude, you could take a semester at the Université Catholique de Lille, which is currently one of the best business schools in Europe.
This Northern French city boasts the same cobbled streets, expansive art museums, delectable foods, amazing shopping, and spirited nightlife as Paris.
Friendly Flemish influences permeate every aspect of the city’s culture and creates a more welcoming environment!
Here’s something you might not know: Berlin doesn’t sleep. This city is famous for night-long raves and week-long pub crawls. It’s home to the Free University of Berlin.
That’s right! Tuition is completely free; take any course and only pay for housing and a rail pass. Board the all-night Autobahn and rattle past miles of the city’s funky, pink pipes.
Take a seat at the university’s library, affectionately known as “The Brain,” and befriend a fellow Potterhead.
While Berlin’s a modern, completely rebuilt city, Munich may be more your city if you crave a mask of modernity resting on historic architecture.
The Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich sits in a regal building of stone spires and arching ceilings.
This school sits in the capital of Bavaria and is home to the world famous Oktoberfest. Bust out a pair of lederhosen, dance with your fellow revelers, and buckle on down for your classes in this vibrant city!
The Renaissance was born right here! Aspiring artists and philosophers can spend a semester at Lorenzo de’ Medici School – The Italian International Institute – and learn about cooking, art history, and the liberal arts. Explore this tiny city and visit the world’s largest collection of enlightened sculptors, thinkers, and painters at countless museums and studios.
Go ahead, call Florence your home, if only for a semester (or two).
I’ve got a bizarre obsession with Roman history, so no list of Italian recommendations would be complete without a mention of this glorious, crumbling city! Rome was the capital to one of the greatest civilizations, the birthplace of extraordinary architecture, and still remains home to a beautiful and thriving culture. Study at the American University of Rome to work towards your degree and learn more about this amazing city! Fear not, the school is taught entirely in English.
The noticeable lack of public transportation, coupled with the pedestrian-friendly streets means you’ll be doing a lot of walking. But on the bright side, you’ll stumble across the most wonderful ruins, cafes, and people! Come on, you’ll always have the chance to stroll past the Colosseum, stride into the Vatican, and lie back and gaze at the Sistine chapel.
Like the man it’s named after, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University focuses on social justice across its wide array of departments. Study liberal arts, math, science, or technology among the sprawling grasslands of South Africa
Find the perfect waves along the beaches.
Step away from the wild of the New Zealand reserves by spending a semester in the oldest city in South Africa. Gorgeous Cape Town lays nestled between Table Mountain and the sprawling Altlantic Ocean, meaning you’ll get spectacular views in every direction. This city houses two wonderful universities within its city limits.
The University of Cape Town sits at the foot of the mountains and offers daily excursions to its onsite nature reserve!
Calling all science majors! You get really exciting territory at Mahidol University! This beautiful campus houses amazing labs, state-of-the-art classrooms, and a campus floating on natural water features!
Although this university offers courses in teaching and literature, their pharmacy and biology programs make this the ideal school for all you mad (physical) scientists.
Dart to class between two campuses and admire the vivid blue sky and humid climate!
Don’t think we forgot about all of you business, economics, and political science majors. East China Normal University is smack dab in the middle of a sprawling metropolitan city and is the perfect place to spend abroad.
Focused solely on business, this university doesn’t separate you from nature from you study. The campus is cradled by beautiful rivers.
Study at Sichuan University and spend your weekends with giant pandas! The city of Chengdu is home to the largest panda reserve in the world and houses up to 80% of the world’s remaining pandas!
Don’t forget to learn from the city itself. Walk through the modernized streets and challenge a local at one of the many popular mahjong cafes.
We’re finally back to an English-speaking country! Like our British cousins, New Zealand is a great place to go for the native English speaker!
Consider living life amongst the countless rivers, hiking trails, and soapbox derbies near the University of Waikato for the active adventurer. Don’t let the good times fool you, this university knows how to get down to business. In fact, it has Triple Crown accreditation status, which is one of the most difficult achievements. Less than 1% of business schools worldwide have that dignity.
Find Peruvian thrills in the capital of Peru – Lima. This industrial city still holds on to its traditional roots and wonderfully blends the old and the new. One of the most generous cities to study abroad, Lima offers courses from three different universities. Choose to focus on medicine at Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, study Spanish literature and Peruvian culture at Universidad del Pacífico, or take any class you please at the Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú.
Though you can explore museums and crumbling churches, Lima is more well known for its white sandy beaches, towering skyscrapers, and temperate weather.
Check out way more study abroad programs at ISA Today. Just be sure read up on applications, travel doocuments, and your school’s requirements before you jettison off! Check out these hand picked flights, restaurants, and local attractions to get a better feel for your favorite cities. So what are you waiting for? Go explore the world!
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