Studying abroad can be an excellent way to gain knowledge, soak up different cultures and enjoy tourist destinations away from home. Here are a few countries to think about when considering your study abroad.
Higher learning opportunities in Spain offer an incredible chance to travel and explore Europe. Cities such as Madrid and Barcelona have many historic sights and allow you to completely immerse yourself in Spanish culture. Academically, diverse courses await, both in the creative and in the business arena. There’s also long hours of sunshine and efficient public transit.
There’s plenty to love about the Netherlands. Amsterdam is the country’s capital and is one-of-a-kind and unforgettable. You’ll find great culture, including the Van Gogh Museum, as well as the home where Anne Frank wrote her diary. Densely populated, the city is quite liberal. Prostitution and drug use are both legal so don’t be surprised to find marijuana floating in the air of local coffee shops. There’s also the Heineken Brewery tour that is worth the experience.
You don’t have to worry about a lack of social options either. “The Amsterdam nightlife is renowned as some of the finest worldwide,” notes Lea Cooper of Destination Clubbing. “No matter what your musical taste, you’ll find it here.”
See the ruins, enjoy delicious cuisine and learn Italian while taking coursework in this historic country.
Many travelers have Rome and Milan on their to-do list when visiting Italy but don’t forget Florence. Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, has many rolling hillsides yet is friendly to foot traffic. While in Italy, be sure to see the masterful works of art by Dante, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli and Galileo.
Don’t get too distracted from your studies if you venture to England, because you’ll be busy particularly in London, the country’s largest city. You can visit the Windsor Castle, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and Stonehenge, the prehistoric monument that dates back thousands of years ago. Many of these landmarks can be seen with a birds-eye view from London Eye, the massive observation wheel.
Learn firsthand about one of the world’s oldest cultures. China, home to some 20% of the world’s population, is a country that’s developing by leaps and bounds. If you want to have an edge over other job applicants in this global economy, few things on a resume will stand out than experience in this Asian country. Shanghai and Beijing are both modern cities. You don’t need to know Mandarin to move comfortably in either city but what better place to learn!