Traveling is one of the most enriching experiences one can have. Combining studying abroad with traveling offers a unique opportunity for travel lovers to improve their CV while seeing the world. Studying overseas can enhance your social, academic and language skills, and will give you a competitive advantage when it comes to finding employment, as recruiters seek out students who have proactively pursued different ways to broaden their experience.
Here are ten of the best countries in the world to combine studying abroad with traveling.
Paris is consistently at the top of lists of the best cities for studying abroad. The vibrant nightlife and cultural heritage, combined with the selection of internationally ranked universities and almost non-existent tuition fees make the French capital one of the first choices for many students. Whilst much undergraduate teaching is carried out in French (which is a great opportunity for you to practice it) graduate education is often available in English.
Pros: Study in either French or English, depending on the level of challenge you want. And you can opt to stay within a major city, like Paris, or choose one of the many serene and historically enchanting locations dotted throughout the country. Plus, the incredible food is always a bonus!
Cons: Even if you’re studying in English, it’s recommended that you travel with at least a basic knowledge of French. This is especially true if you’re studying outside of a major city, where English speakers can be scarce.
Incredible nature, sandy beaches, constant sunshine and a relaxed outdoors lifestyle make Australia one of the world’s most popular places for studying abroad.
All Australian universities welcome international students and are well prepared to support newcomers but the most popular cities are the highly cultural Melbourne, and Sydney, the most populous, multicultural and recognizable city, home to five internationally ranked universities.
Pro: Study nearly any subject at some of the best schools in the world, all while enjoying the beautiful beaches and taking in some surfing lessons.
Cons: The academic year is on a different schedule in the southern hemisphere, so while your friends back home are all on summer holidays, you’ll be sitting in a classroom.
The UK harbors several of the world’s best universities. With a mix of different cultures and landscapes all over the country, students in the UK are never bored. London is obviously a favorite, one of the most multicultural cities in the world, with all the galleries, green spaces, gigs, restaurants and clubs you could ever want.
Pros: A great option for those who have never been abroad and want the same comforts of home available to them, including brands you love and the English language you’re comfortable with.
Cons: The cost of living in the UK can be higher than many other places. And, if you’re looking for a vastly different cultural experience, you likely won’t get it here.
The choice of world-class universities in the US is mind blowing. Over 750,000 international students attend university in the US every year, and despite the high costs of fees, students love cities like Boston, with two of the most famous universities on the planet – MIT and Harvard, and San Francisco, within close distance of Silicon Valley, enough for them to rank among top cities to study abroad. The idea of pursuing your own “American dream” makes the US one of the most desirable places for ambitious students to live.
Pros: Study in a broad range of places at one of the most famous institutions in the entire world. Whether you prefer a coastal city in California or an historic city like Boston, you’ll get a top notch educational experience.
Cons: Your experience at an American university won’t be terribly different than what you’re used to, so if you’re in search of a major education in culture, you won’t be getting that here.
Germany is one of the best-known European destinations for free university tuition fees. The two most popular cities between students are Munich, where you can explore traditional Bavarian culture and attend an internationally rated university, or Berlin, a tech hub, but also one of the most alternative and cultural cities in Europe
Pros: A leader in innovation and science, Germany is a great place to further your education. The cities are beautiful and everything from train schedules to construction projects runs efficiently, like a fine-tuned machine.
Cons: It’s highly recommended that you learn the language, especially if you’re planning on venturing outside of the major city limits.
With a vibrant multi-lingual, multicultural culture, stunning landscapes, massive regional variations and several internationally ranked universities, Canada is a fascinating place for visiting students. The most desirable cities are Toronto, largest city and leading financial center, and Montréal, home to the prestigious McGill University and a very vibrant cultural scene.
Pros: The friendliness of Canadians is not just a rumor. You’ll be welcomed to your new place of study with open arms. And, the multicultural nature of Canada means that, even if you don’t speak the language perfectly, there will almost always be someone around who can help translate for you.
Cons: Prepare for a cold winter. Pack your parka if you’ll be studying over the winter months. The cost of living in some areas can also be much higher than others.
Taipei, the capital of Taiwan, was recently ranked as the most affordable city for international students. Tuition fees are low, and the high quality of education can make this a great choice. Learning about a completely different culture and more about the local history and politics make Taiwan an exciting option for studying abroad.
Pros: Get the cultural experience you’re looking for, without the high costs of many other destinations.
Cons: Don’t expect to find any of the food you’re used to, so if you aren’t prepared to explore different culinary options, this may be a difficult study period for you. Also, the majority of people speak Chinese, so it’s advised to come in with at least a basic knowledge to get around.
Buenos Aires is a vibrant capital and a very attractive city for students who want to perfect their Spanish and maybe even learn to tango. International students in Argentina only pay a nominal enrolment fee and universities in Buenos Aires are becoming modern and well equipped with great global connections.
Pros: When the school day has ended, take in one of the many historical sites and geographical wonders that grace the country.
Cons: There’s a lot to take in, so you’ll have to decide what to prioritize and what to leave off your list, or you’ll just have to stay longer.
Seoul, South Korea’s capital, is a fun and energetic city, home to several internationally rated universities. Studying in Asia is a very attractive option for many students who want to get outside their comfort zone and learn about a different culture whilst improving their academic record.
Pros: Travel around with ease, with the help of subway conductor automated voices in English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean. There’s also a vibrant nightlife, so you’re able to experience an entirely different side of the country.
Cons: Fresh fruits and vegetables are quite expensive. And, restaurants tend to use a lot of spice that many who aren’t used to it cannot tolerate.
The costs of living in Denmark are very high, but if you are from Europe you may be eligible for free university tuition, in addition, Denmark provides a fascinating base to explore Europe and experience Nordic culture at its best.
Studying abroad is much more than the academic qualifications you may gain. It is a completely life-changing experience that will allow you to learn more about yourself. Combine traveling and studying, and immerse yourself in a new culture to broaden your horizons.
Pros: Explore Europe and, in particular, the Nordic countries with ease. And, if you’re a European citizen, you could qualify for free tuition.
Cons: The cost of living is among the highest around the world.
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This is a guest post by Gloria Kopp.
Gloria Kopp is a traveler and an elearning consultant from Manville City. Now she works as a content manager at Ukwritings company. Besides this, she is a regular contributor to such websites as Engadget, HuffPo, and Boomessays.