Picking a place to study abroad might be the hardest part of actually getting ready to study abroad. I mean seriously, look at all the places you could go:
Think about it.
You're young and energetic. So while you still have your youth, go out into the world and obtain a different experience. Meet new friends from around the world. Gain a new perspective on things you wouldn't normally think about. Learn a new language, be independent . . . .
I can seriously go on and on about how awesome it is to go abroad.
(In a low whispered voice: A semester abroad also looks really good on your resume. *Wink*).
So once you've finally decided to go abroad, what's next?
Well, that's the fun part, my friend. Next, you get to decide where you want to go in the world.
So I did some research and checked out the Top 10 best places for students to study abroad.
Here's what I found.
Fair Warning: You Will Not Want To Come Back Home.
#10: Universidad Veritas – San José, Costa Rica
What You Should See: The National Theater of Costa Rica (Teatro Nacional de Costa Rica) , Orosi River Valley (El Valle del Rio Orosi), Pre-Columbian Gold Museum, and Museo de Los Ninos.
#9 The University of Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan
What You Should See: Shinjuku Gyoen National Garden, Tokyo Sky Tree East Tower, Meiji Jingu and Tokyo City View
#8 Universitat De Barcelona – Barcelona, Spain
What You Should See: La Casa Vella - Flamenco in Barcelona, Mosaiccos, Basilica of the Sagrada Familia and Afternoon in Montserrat
#7: The American University of Cairo – Cairo, Egypt
What You Should See: The Giza Plateau, Al-Azhar Park, Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan and Cairo Tower
#6: Charles University – Prague, Czech Republic
What You Should See: Old Town Square, St. Vitus Cathedral, State Opera and Prague Castle
#5: Lorenzo de' Medici – Florence, Italy
What You Should See: Cupola del Brunelleschi, Galleria dell'Accademia/Statue of David, Piazza del Duomo and Opera at St. Mark's Anglican Church
#4: University of St. Andrews – Fife, Scotland
What You Should See: Skydive at St. Andrews, West Sands, St. Andrews Cathedral and Falkland Palace
#3: University of Otago – Dunedin, New Zealand
What You Should See: Olveston, Larnach Castle & Gardens, Otago Peninsula and Toitu Otago Settlers Museum
#2: Bond University – Gold Coast, Australia
What You Should See: Surfers Paradise Beach, SkyPoint Observation Deck, Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary and Infinity Attraction
#1 University of Cape Town – Cape Town, South Africa
What You Should See: Table Mountain National Park, Two Oceans Aquarium, The Heart of Cape Town Museum and Cape Point Nature Reserve
So there. Now you have plenty of choices to pick from when you start thinking of where to go abroad.
And as cliché as this might sound, by studying abroad you will become a much wordier person, and become more marketable to grad schools and employers because of the intangible life skills you're going to pick up along the way.
In addition, there will be a moment while you're abroad when you'll realize that you've made the right decision.
Also you will most likely experience this moment the first time that you arrive at your new location: