From geographical diversity to its wide course offerings, Spain offers something for everyone. It’s for this reason that students from all over the world are choosing to pursue academics and internships in the lively, vibrant cultures of Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, and other urban hubs that are more affordable than many other European countries. Whether you study history, political science, business, or art, you can enjoy the experience of living in thriving, modern cities while exploring ancient architecture and history that dates back thousands of years.
Germany has soared in the rankings since 2019, and it’s not hard to see why. Cultural powerhouses such as Berlin are home to booming business centers and international brands such as BMW, Bosch, and Adidas. World-class institutions have earned top-notch recommendations for any student looking to pursue STEM studies through coursework and professional internships. While its reputation for innovation and its position as a leading economic power makes it one of the best places in the world to study science as well as business, Germany also boasts a strong foundation in the humanities. Beethoven, Goethe, Heisenberg, and Kant are just a few of the names of those whose contributions to the arts, music, and philosophy endure to this day. Germany’s central location made it the heart of European intellectual history in the 19th century and secured its place in world history. Today, students can explore this country’s past and its future for themselves by visiting one of its many world-famous museums, soaking in the arts in Dresden, or hiking through the scenic villages of the Black Forest
Japan continues to be a top choice for students studying overseas. This country’s unique combination of innovation and thousands of years of history makes it a fascinating destination for any student, regardless of major. At the forefront of scientific and technological modernization, Japan hosts some of the finest STEM programs in the world in addition to highly respected liberal arts colleges that benefit from a long tradition of philosophy and culture.The people are very welcoming, especially to students, and are happy to introduce you to the harmonious balance where modern and ancient history unite. This warm and friendly environment—in addition to superior convenience in transportation, food, and other services—makes it easy for you to step outside your comfort zone. From culinary adventures with sushi in Osaka to historical experiences in the museums of Hiroshima, you will have the chance to learn skills and gain experience in a truly unique part of the world.
A consistent choice for studying overseas, Italy’s great hospitality, delicious food, and rich culture continues to draw students from all over. Home to some of the oldest universities in the world, Italy takes education seriously, allowing students the opportunity to get hands-on experience in the fashion and business hub of Milan, the historical treasure trove of Rome, and the agricultural wealth of Siena. You’ll have access to countless original works of art and dozens of architectural wonders, all within walking distance or a short train ride. Italy has some of the best weather in Europe, making it easy for you to explore its rolling hills, islands, and mountains on a free weekend. Its long history can be found around every turn, from ancient Greek and Roman ruins to the art of the Renaissance to remnants of WWII. Whether you are interested in learning the language of Dante and Machiavelli or studying earth science by investigating volcanoes, Italy is waiting for you.
France is consistently one of the top study abroad countries, making it home to every type of international student and a plethora of diverse course offerings. As you pursue studies in biology, business, music, or even wine management in one of France’s many renowned college towns for international students, you will be surrounded by the living history that fills cities such as Tours, Lyon, Aix-en-Provence, and—of course—Paris. In any of its prominent galleries and museums, cafes, or walking paths, you’ll have the chance to explore a country that has had longstanding, global influence on society, fashion, the arts, food, and science. Slow down and learn about joie de vivre, or the joy of living. Cuisine plays a large role in French society, and you’ll have ample opportunity to sample the croissants, fresh cheese, and other fine foods that make French dining world famous. Students can (and should) also take advantage of special discounts that give them access to galleries and other attractions at low rates. France shares borders with six countries, and its location in the middle of Europe makes it a superb choice for students looking to travel widely during their time overseas.
Adventurous souls are drawn to the extraordinary landscape and wildlife of the Outback. Exotic, rare animals and stunning geological features make Australia one of the best places for students who can’t wait to get outside. Biological studies and conservation sites are primary features of study abroad programs here, letting you get up close with koalas and the Great Barrier Reef, the largest coral reef structure in the world. If environmental biology and veterinarian science call to you, let them take you to a university down under!
Australia is also home to some of the most multicultural cities on the planet, and international students in Brisbane, Perth, or Melbourne can benefit from a variety of courses in history, English, mathematics, and communication. Where better to learn music technology than at the world-famous Sydney Opera House? Sports and physical education are two other highly emphasized programs in Australia, and courses like these include activities such as bushwalking, kayaking, and scuba diving to take full advantage of this country’s warm and sunny climate.
New to the rankings last year, Ireland holds its own as a study abroad destination in 2020, offering a unique combination of adventure, history, and entertainment. The Emerald Isle gives students a taste of its distinctive culture found in Viking ruins, numerous castles, and the Gaelic language itself. The breathtaking views of the Ring of Kerry and Giant’s Causeway are just a few of the sights that await you in the rugged landscape of the Emerald Isle. Ireland’s beauty and natural wealth make it ideal for students studying the artists and writers inspired by them. Visit the birthplace of famous authors such as William Butler Yeats and Eavan Boland and walk the streets that shaped their art. In addition to the humanities, Ireland has become a hub for international research, building a solid reputation in the fields of pharmaceuticals, chemistry, and technology.
England is a perennial favorite for students studying abroad, and, considering its long academic tradition and massive cultural diversity, it’s no surprise. Beyond the well-known, scholarly reputations of Oxford and Cambridge, England offers globally-recognized education regardless of whether you’re studying Shakespeare in his birthplace of Stratford-Upon-Avon or business in the international hub of work and travel that is London.
9. NEW ZEALAND
Whether you find yourself in a small college town surrounded by nature or in one of New Zealand’s big, bustling cities, fieldwork, and field trips are the order of the day for study abroad students. Living amid some of the most breathtaking natural scenery found anywhere, you’ll have the opportunity to include glacier hiking, paragliding, and bungee-jumping in your coursework. Zoology and equine science are just two of the unique emphases you can explore here.
New to the list this year is Sweden. This country is constantly ranked best in the world for its universities, and its creative blend of structure and flexibility leads to a work-life balance you won’t find anywhere else. For international business, internships, and work experience, you shouldn’t look farther than Sweden for a tradition of academic excellence and challenging coursework. As one of the planet’s most innovative nations, Sweden holds a high standard of living. Environmental issues and sustainability are held as matters of great importance, and after seeing the massive forests, beautiful beaches, and mountains found in this country, it’s not hard to see why.