I'm a big proponent of studying abroad. In fact, if I had it my way, it would be required for all university students. Today's sponsored post, therefore, really strikes a chord with me. If you've ever considered a semester or year abroad, here are some great locations to consider.
10 Exciting Places to Study Abroad
The world is a big place, and there are some incredible adventures to be found wherever you go. Combining study with budgeting and adventure is surprisingly easy if you know where to look. We’ve compiled 10 of the most amazing places to study abroad for a flavor of what’s out there.
Studying abroad widens your horizons, teaches you more about yourself, and gives you insights into a whole host of different cultures and languages. Study credits are obtainable, depending on what course you choose, and all sorts of skills and expert knowledge can be picked up along the way.
1. New Zealand
For those who prefer the great outdoors for a classroom, New Zealand is the place to study abroad. Full of national parks and wildlife reserves, these two islands have conservation, scientific exploration, environmental issues and breathtaking views covered — not to mention equally breathtaking activities such as bungee-jumping, sky-diving, white-water rafting and zip-wiring through the canopy of incredible forests.
(Editor's note: I fully support NZ as a study abroad destination!)
2. Siberia, Russia
For some extreme temperatures, visit Siberian Russia to pick up some Russian, take an internship, work in a museum or cultural centre, and learn about the intricate history of the region — whether in socio-economic terms from its colonisation to industrialisation to a market economy, or in terms of the local and global issues of its changing environment.
3. Fiji Islands
Learn how to scuba dive in the soft coral capital of the world. Budget-orientated dive resorts can combine sun, sea, study, and affordability all in one. Gain your PADI Advanced Open Water and become an expert in Fijian marine biology by signing up to Marine Conservation and Diving projects.
4. Pondicherry, India
Develop cross-cultural skills and work for an NGO with Pondicherry University in India. There’s no bigger adventure than India, with its vast railway network spanning the entire continent from the northern deserts to the southern tropics.
5. Mexico City
Mexico’s ancient civilizations of the Mayans, Aztecs and Zapotecs mean there’s a lot more to history here than beach-break parties. Study social sciences, economics, ancient history, and Spanish language and literature whilst scaling the magnificent Piaccho del Diablo (Devil’s Peak) 10,000 foot peak — there are no signposts, though, so bring a compass.
6. Nepal and Tibet
The little mountain states of Nepal and Tibet have plenty to offer, whether summer programs, internships, academic courses or volunteer schemes. Teaching the local children can gain you a TEFL certificate; community development, trekking and rafting are also on offer; and complete cultural immersion can be found if you choose to live in a hilltop monastery.
7. Northern Canada
Take an Arctic Journey from the north of Canada and spend your time camping out in igloos on its barren ice shelf — it doesn’t get much more hardcore than this. Courses available include Arctic Geography and Environment and Inuit Political Development and Governance.
8. Cape Town, South Africa
It’s not often you can spend a day on safari and learn about social activism. The very new democracy of South Africa makes this the perfect place to study contemporary politics. And, if you want to get away from the city, visit Cape Point and its penguin colony or the island prison where Nelson Mandela was held.
9. Morocco, North Africa
Acquiring knowledge of the ever-more-vital Arabic tongue is always going to be a real feather in your cap. And in Morocco, the terrain is an adventure in itself. Climb the Atlas mountains to the Saharan villages, cross the desert by camel, or take surfing and Yachtmaster courses at a lively coastal resort.
10. Norfolk, England
Next to these exotic locations, England may seem like a no-go for adventurous study abroad. Yet England boasts many of the best educational institutions in the world, and some of the most beautiful landscapes. Renowned summer schools in the East of England offer a vast range of academic programs and the chance to experience English culture at its very finest, with the beautiful Norfolk coastline and the royal seat of Sandringham a stone’s throw away, and the historic cities of London and Cambridge close by.
Wherever you go, studying abroad expands your perspectives on the world. You’ll be telling your grandchildren about these adventures in years to come.
Have you studied abroad? If so, where? If not, do any of these destinations intrigue you?
This article was supplied by the University of East Anglia International Summer School — one of the UK's top 20 universities offering a wide selection of summer study abroad programs. For more advice about studying in the UK, visit The British Council website.