Top Study Abroad Destinations
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Studying abroad is a fascinating and inspiring experience, and with our student discounts on everything travel-related, it doesn’t need to break the bank. But where will you go? The city you choose could mean the difference between a good time and a great time, so here are some top study abroad destinations for you to consider.
As the largest democracy in the world, India is quickly becoming one of the most vital players in the global economy and political sphere. In 2014, the British Council launched its Generation UK India campaign, bringing British students to cities like Mumbai in an attempt foster international networks. The cosmopolitan paradise sits on the coast of the Arabian Sea, serving as both the country’s financial and entertainment capital — any Bollywood fans out there? Home to several of India’s premier universities, Mumbai is a romantic and practical choice for study abroad.
Hong Kong, China
It’s no secret that China is a rising powerhouse of international proportions, but Hong Kong is its own beast entirely. Culturally diverse and fiercely independent, the south China territory reflects a collision of the East and West, with artistic freedoms typically withheld from their mainland counterparts. Across island-peninsula territory, UK students can find it all: fascinating museums, bustling shopping centers, tropical beaches, and rolling hills fit for hiking. Pick one of Hong Kong’s several universities to guarantee a truly unique experience.
With it's rich culture, ecological diversity and stunning landscape, Sydney is at the top of many people’s study abroad lists. If you want to spend your time exploring new things and chilling on the coast, it might well be at the top of yours too. The initial cost of getting to Australia deters many travellers, but you can find cheap flights through StudentUniverse travel deals! With options like the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and many others, you won't be short of places to study.
New York, "The Big Apple", "The City That Never Sleeps." What more needs to be said? Well, quite a bit as it turns out. New York University and Columbia University tend to top most people's list, but there are dozens of excellent options for studying abroad in New York City. With a massive student population, this study abroad destination is a guaranteed blast.
New Zealand, and particularly Auckland, is becoming an increasingly popular destination for UK students to study abroad. When you consider the country’s natural beauty, the unique sports opportunities (we'd particularly recommend the Nevis Bungee) and the friendliness of the local “kiwis,” it's no wonder why. Auckland is probably the place to be in regard to education, with institutions catering for all specialisms. The best known institutions are the University of Auckland and the Auckland University of Technology.
With its close proximity to the UK, excellent transport links and educational opportunities, Paris is an increasingly popular study abroad destination. Don’t forget the city’s incredible architecture, including the Cathédrale Notre Dame de Paris and the Champs-Élysées! Altogether, there are few cities to spend a year that are quite as iconic as Paris.
One of the most youthful cities in the world today, Berlin is a top choice for study abroad. With low crime rates, low cost accommodation and a rich history, there's little reason you wouldn't want to explore this hip city. Add their high quality educational institutions like The Humbolt University of Berlin and The Free University of Berlin, both of which welcome International students, and you've got a recipe for the best year of your life.
If you want to explore a US city that contains a lot of history, funny native accents, active nightlife and endless shopping opportunities, then Boston is where you want to be. The seaport district offers up the freshest seafood around (and fantastic ocean views), whilst the nearby North End serves the most delicious Italian food and Faneuil Hall contains the most popular bars. Ranked among the most walkable cities in the US, Boston is easy to navigate for international students and also has the highest density of universities over anywhere else in the country.
With a booming economy, unparalleled internship opportunities and probably the best and most efficient transport network in the world, Beijing is a huge draw for students looking to study abroad. Sure, it's a bit of a culture shift from the UK, but if you really want to experience something new, Beijing is your city. If nothing else, it'll look awesome on your CV!
For the traveler looking for a bit of Hollywood, LA (also known as la-la-land) is a great choice. With so much to do and explore, you'll never be bored. Stroll down Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills, soak up the sun at Venice Beach, enjoy some close-to-authentic Mexican Food for dinner or just spend your time looking for celebrities.
Last, but certainly not least, is Toronto. Whether you like dining out, taking part in sports, trips to the theatre, shopping, museums, or clubbing, Toronto’s got you covered. It also boasts the number one and three Universities in Canada (The University of Toronto and York University respectively), so you’ll be in good company.
Cheapest Places to Study Abroad
After you find an affordable flight through StudentUniverse, which city will get you the most bang for your buck? It’s possible to stretch your dollar wherever you go, but there are certain places that make it a whole lot easier.
Southeast Asia tends to be easy on the wallet, with plenty of free adventures available to UK students and cheap, delicious street food around every corner. Bartering is encouraged in many countries, like China, which is a fun (if initially intimidating) way to watch your spending. Go ahead and treat yourself in Bangkok or New Dehli — it won’t break the bank.
If you prefer the South Pacific, New Zealand is generally considered cheaper than Australia. Things like clothing, movie tickets, and beer run between 15-30% cheaper in Auckland than in Sydney. There is no shortage of student-friendly entertainment in Auckland, from hiking up volcanic cones to visiting the free art galleries and beautiful public parks.