10 Of the World’s Most Beautiful Places for Study Abroad
Studying abroad is not just an opportunity to get better education abroad but also to experience a different culture and environment. When choosing a country to study, you want to choose one that offers great education at affordable costs and also guarantees a memorable experience.
So today, let’s explore 10 of the world’s most beautiful places to study abroad. This post is brought to you by After School Africa.
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1. Cape town, South Africa
One of South Africa’s most iconic cities, Cape Town not only hosts the best university in Africa, it also has one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world. You can spend your days admiring the breath-taking views from Table Mountain or penguin spotting at one of the many perfect beaches. Cape Town was voted the best place in the world to visit by the New York Times in 2014. It was also named the 8th friendliest city in the world and number one in Africa by Condé Nast Traveller. No wonder it is one of the most beautiful places to study. You should definitely consider Cape Town if you want to experience a mix of old and new Africa.
2. Barcelona, Spain
As the capital of the Spanish region of Catalonia, Barcelona is often considered one of the true cultural hubs of Europe. Students here are truly spoiled for choice when it comes to scenery and atmosphere, with stunning natural views out over the Mediterranean Sea being paired with the famous Gothic architecture of Barcelona Cathedral. The city has its fair share of high-quality universities to boot, such as the University of Barcelona, nestled deep within the city.
3. Rome, Italy
Rome may be a city with an ancient history but it is also one of the most modern cities in the world. With its amazing food, lovely language, beautiful art, and dynamic history, Rome, in Italy is one the most sought-after destination for aspiring study abroad students. Study abroad programs in Italy have a unique blend of Italian cultural studies and courses in a variety of majors; from business to fine arts. Most programs require little to no Italian language study, making Italy accessible to international students. Also, there are the cinematic landscapes, iconic historical sites in every corner, and gelatos in colors you didn’t even know existed.
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4. Paris, France
The city of love may just be the loveliest place on earth to study. 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. That’s not even getting into the fashion statements or culinary adventures. Programs are available in such diverse locations as cosmopolitan Paris or medieval Avignon, with options in either French or English. You can choose for yourself how challenging the next semester is going to be. One thing is certain, you can never regret choosing to study in Paris.
5. London, UK
This list would be invalid without the second most popular city in the world. London is one of the most multicultural and diverse cities in the world. Home to famous attractions and amazing architecture such as Big Ben and the London Eye, there’s so much to do in this cool capital city. Spend a day checking out one of the 90 museums, or stop off for a brilliantly British afternoon tea. 18,000 students from over 160 countries study in the city’s University of London, and more international students choose London than any other city. So you won’t be alone!
6. Santiago, Chile
If you want a different destination to the traditional ones in Europe and North America, you should try South America. What better destination to choose than the scenic Santiago? It is the economic, cultural and political capital of Chile. Founded by Spanish settlers in a basin surrounded by the Andes mountain range, the city offers a blend of wonderful natural beauty with unique and varied colonial and post-colonial buildings. Santiago is also one of the most developed and largest cities in South America. And as such is home to some of Chile’s finest universities, many of which feature strongly in the Latin American rankings.
7. Sydney, Australia
Sydney is simply one of the most famous and most iconic cities in the world, offering everything a prospective student from inside or outside Australia could ever want or need. Aside from the well-known man-made structures of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the jaw-dropping Opera House, students here have access to stunning areas of Australia’s natural beauty, such as the Great Barrier Reef. Sydney isn’t short of studying options either, also being home to some world-renowned universities such as the University of Sydney which ranks as the 60th best university in the world.
8. Shanghai, China
Yes! China. And no, you are not coming here for business, you are coming to study. Over the last two decades, China has invested a lot into education, making the country the third most sought after destination for international students. Shanghai is often referred to as China’s “second city”, although with a population north of 20 million people and a history stretching back well over a thousand years, you’d be hard pressed to notice the secondary status. Aside from being one of the largest and most significant economic centres in the whole of Asia, Shanghai is among the Chinese cities that have seen incredible development in recent decades, with titanic gleaming skyscrapers rising alongside traditional Chinese communities. As you’d perhaps expect from a city of this magnitude, Shanghai has some of the premier universities in China, and accepts a huge number of international students every year.
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9. Christchurch, New Zealand
If you have always wanted to travel to the ends of the earth, then choose Christchurch, New Zealand to study. The city of Christchurch is perhaps the most geographically isolated of all the entries on this list. While the city of Christchurch itself is certainly easy on the eye, the true wealth of studying here is found in the nation of New Zealand itself. Being a small country, students here can easily take the time to explore all that these amazing islands have to offer. From long stretches of beach along its Pacific coastline to the mountain ranges further inland: the phrase “something for everyone” could have been invented for New Zealand. It’s also no bad thing that New Zealand and Christchurch play host to some excellent universities as well.
10. Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Amsterdam is a truly international city; one of the most beautiful places to study. It ranked 11th out of 200 cities worldwide for the quality of living. 3000 students from over 90 countries study at the University of Amsterdam, so you’ll meet friends from all around the world. There is so much to do in between studying too. Check out local exhibitions; browse one of the markets or see what festivals are on. Be sure to head to the tulip fields in the spring!
There you have 10 of the world’s most beautiful places for study abroad. Which one of these places would you like to study? Tell us about it in the comment’s section. If you are yet to subscribe to the After School Africa channel, now is a good time to do that. Until next time, YOUR SUCCESS MATTERS!
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