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50 Great Study Abroad & Living Abroad Tweeps

Since there are a lot of awesome Study Abroad Folks on Twitter, sharing great information on Study Abroad, Study Abroad Programs and International Education and more, I decided to share my personal Top 50 Study Abroad Tweeps here with you. If you are not on this list and tweet about Study Abroad, please feel free to add your Twitter account in the comment section!

1. jkinneyscott James K. Scott, PhD
Director of the International Center – University of Missouri (USA)
2.GlobalChronicle GlobalChronicle
The Global Edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education

3. GoOverseas GO! Overseas

GoOverseas.com is the leading resource for meaningful travel abroad. Discover your next adventure teaching, studying, or volunteering abroad!

4. GlobalCampus GlobalCampus is a global online community & personal marketing tool for students worldwide. Giving students direct & free access to univ. staff & ed opportunities globally!

5. karinfischer Karin Fischer
I write about the internationalization of American higher education, global competitiveness, and colleges and the economy.

6. srah srah

I like tea and sleeping, but not at the same time.

7. goinglobal Going Global

Expert advice for finding jobs at home and abroad.

8. thenewdorothy Brooke Roberts

A sassy gal from small town Kansas who chased her dreams over the rainbow, around the world, and back again.

9. diwyy DoItWhileYou’reYoung

20somethings who’ve been to all 7 continents & 60+ countries. Leading site for work, study & volunteering abroad. @jerrigirl @KristinaWeg @ewegsche tweeting

10. APIstudyabroad APIstudyabroad

Academic Programs International (API) offers study abroad programs in 13 countries across Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East.

11. pdxnicolle Nicolle Merrill

Wanderlust enabler and international communicator: immersed in global ed, study abroad & digital ethnography

12. planetecole Sabrina Faber

International education, training and development professional, enjoys learning, languages, travel, culture, the outdoors

13. studyabroadjobs Study Abroad Jobs

The ultimate global source for study abroad & intl ed jobs

14. AbroadView Abroad View

Online and print magazine for students and post-grads looking to study or travel abroad!

15. InStudyAbroad Inside Study Abroad

A study abroad enthusiast sharing the inside scoop on all things study abroad.

16. DavidComp David Comp

Publish IHEC Blog. Research focus on int’l ed. & mutual understanding; methodology and data collection on student mobility

17. PassAdvisors Pass Advisors

Education company bridging the divide between the Chinese students who want to study abroad and the schools who want them. by @perrywhitecage

18. GoAbroad GoAbroad

Our worldwide staff brings you THE Resource for Meaningful Travel with additional social media/networking tools at http://GoAbroad.net.

19. CEAstudyabroad CEA Study Abroad

Study Abroad programs for US and Canadian Students

20. CEAstudyabroad CEA Study Abroad

Study Abroad programs for US and Canadian Students

21. ISOgermany ISOgermany

ISOgermany: Beratung zum Auslandsstudium in Australien, Kanada, UK und USA kostenlos.

22. rausvonzuhaus eurodesk Deutschland

Eurodesk Deutschland informiert kostenlos, trägerübergreifend und neutral zu Auslandsaufenthalten und Europathemen

23. StudyAbroad101 ✈Abroad101✈

From insider reviews to interactive forums, we provide you with a crash course in study abroad. Welcome Abroad!

24. NAFSA NAFSA

The world’s largest professional association dedicated to international education.

25. PennySchouten PennySchouten

Working @ British Consulate, Study Abroad Marketing Diva, Region X Com Manager, Tech SIG Co-Chair, Vampire obsessed

26. aljamiat Wassan Humadi

International student marketing & HigherEd recruitment aimed at Middle East/North Africa & Eurasia… card carrying metalhead + wife

27.  SANEtraveler SANEtraveler

Steph at SANE Traveler. Helping students living abroad live, eat, and travel like a local.

28. OUEduAbroad OU Education AbroadThe Office of Education Abroad at Ohio University is dedicated to helping students study, intern, volunteer and work abroad. Stop in Lindley 185 for more info.

29. PSUaaAbroad PSU Altoona Abroad
Receive the latest news and updates on study abroad from the Penn State Altoona Office of Education Abroad http://www.altoona.psu.edu/studyabroad
30. ttmharrison Tiffany Harrison
A PR-trained college grad, wannabe time traveler, w/a passion for social media, intercultural comm & all things study abroad. Read & learn more @ my new blog http://www.wwjanedo.com

31. diversityntwk Diversity Network

Diversity Network is the leading professional network dedicated to diversity and equity in global education

32. jeramyutgw Jeramy Johnson

Father. Husband. Runner. Traveler. Study Abroad Champion.

33. StudyingAbroad StudyingAbroad

http://www.StudyAbroad.com helps everyone study abroad! We are the Internet’s leading source of information on the topic. Ask us a question.

34. thirdyearabroad Lizzie Fane

Web startup almost-entrepreneur, passionate modern linguist and study abroad advice-giver…

35. IIEglobal IIEglobal

IIE is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education organizations, committed to serving participants, sponsors and donors since 1919.

36. IDPDRIE IDP Database

Database of international education research from publishers in Australia and abroad: International students, study abroad, etc. Thanks for the Retweets!

37. ManitouHeights Ruth Marie Sylte

Consulting in strategic communications, PR, social media marketing and reputation management in diverse cross-cultural settings – from the Prairie to the World!
38. Frankie_James Frank J. Merendino
NAFSA Region VI State Rep-Ohio, Sr. Admissions Officer for International Partnerships at University of Cincinnati, global citizen, travel lover

39. Ahjim Weidong Zhang

ESL&International Student Advising,Counselor,Academic Advisor,International Program Coordinator.

40. jwstauff Jon

Director of Center for Global Engagement at The College of New Jersey – Education Abroad and Int’l Student Services

41. DAADnewyork DAAD North America

North American DAAD friends and alumni come here to connect, share stories and get important updates about study, internships and research in Germany.

42. AFSUSA AFSUSA

AFS-USA is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs to more than 40 countries around the world.

43. ISAabroad ISA Abroad

ISA (International Studies Abroad) offers study abroad programs in 18 countries across Europe, Latin America, Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.

44. GoAbroad_Study Study Abroad

The study abroad twitter for @GoAbroad. Sign up for your free study abroad blog at http://GoAbroad.net!

45. DegreesOverseas DegreesOverseas

An application center for top-rated degree programs abroad.

46. AspireAbroad AspireAbroad

Aspire offers comprehensive high school and gap year travel and study abroad programs in Europe and Latin America.
47. CIEEAdvisorNews CIEE Study Abroad
Study abroad through CIEE.
They don’t follow anyone back though :(
Empowering families in global transition across all sectors…
49. EdUSAtips Marty Bennett
EducationUSA — 400+ centers-170 countries, 14 million students/year
50. uintheusa U in the USA
Helping international students and foreign exchange visitors get settled in, acclimate to American culture and live their dreams is our absolute engagement.

Interview Martha – A Polish Girl in the UK

Hello!

Q) What is your name?

I am Barbara T.

Q) How old are you?

I am 24 years old.

Q) What is your home country?

I was born in Poland, I spent my childhood there.

Q) Where do you currently live?

I live in the United Kingdoms.

Q) What field do you study?

I have always been fond of fashion, I’ve been studying it the 6 last years.

Q) Where have you been studying?

I was at Central St Martins, London , a school of fashion ! I am planning to be the next Alexander Macqueen !

Q) Why?

This choice was more a professional one than a personal one. Although, England is a country in which fashion is very present (as well as in France), so I was already interested this place.

Q) What were the most positive aspects in having such an international experience you would underline?

Well I had for first a great time and i think it was a fulfilling experience .I was able to perfect my English and meet new people .

Q) What were the most negative ones? Why? How did you face it?

Being far away from home was hard but i got used to it. My parents called me often..

Q) Did you already have experiences abroad (such as scholar exchange, internship and so on)? Where?

No never this was my first time. I hope not the last !

Q) Were local people always friendly and open with you?

Indeed they were ! Everybody was very welcoming and friendly . I never had any problems with that

Q) Who helped you to face the daily problems you may have had to face?

Mostly my tutors over there and rapidly, my new friends.

Q) Did you have to deal with the « cultural shock »? What were the symptoms? How did you face it? Back home, any reverse cultural shock?

Well not really ! I must say I got used to the culture so quickly that it wasn’t a shock ! I guess it was more weird to go back to my usual culture!

Q) Do you consider this experience as globally beneficial to you? In a personal way? In a professional way?

Well in a personal way , I made new friends and interlarded my relations. In a professional way it was a great opportunity for me to travel abroad

Q) A word to conclude?

(Censored) :)

What can I gain by doing my Masters abroad?

To have experience abroad, in a company or as a student, is really important in companies which work on a worldwide scale. Managers are more and more required to have a cultural comprehension and a certain criticism concerning the national market. A Master degree is a valuable investment, in particular because of its acceptance everywhere in the world and of the diversity of the programs. To do a Master abroad is a good opportunity to get to know other cultures, improve your language skills and create an international network. This experience abroad can however can also mean high costs which should not be neglected. You have to determine if studies abroad are helpful for you and if it is the case, which study abroad program, will positively influence your career.


What can I gain by doing my Master abroad: Get into the country

Many candidates do not want to only study abroad, they wish also to work and live there. If one wishes to have an international career abroad, then the Master degree is a really good option. These studies propose a true relationship and an exchange with the other students, the readers and the tutors. Even in a Bachelor program it is the case. But the Master degree is a true springboard towards the working world. Caution: inform yourself about the visa regulations, work conditions and about the residence permit.

What can I gain by doing my Master abroad: Find a Job abroad

The laws of immigration validate your stay in the country. In Great Britain for example, there are certain directives which make it possible to the students to remain and work after their studies, but this also depends on your country of origin. The difficulty to find a job strongly depends on the reputation of the business school which accommodated the student. The candidates of very famous businesses schools will not have any problem to obtain a residence permit and to work in very good companies. The graduates of average schools will have more difficulties to obtain a visa and to find a job, except if they belonged to the best of their class.


What can I gain by doing my Master abroad: Competitive Advantage back home

A Master degree can be also an advantage if you decide to return to your home country and work for an international company. This experiment abroad makes it possible to the graduates to think on an international level and to understand the total interconnection between the markets. This knowledge can be also a great advantage for companies with only local scales.
As I said before, to do a Master abroad can represent high costs. So you have to determine if a Master program abroad is really useful in your case. The businesses-schools and the universities propose most of the time study abroad programs or training courses in schools or partners companies. You will have to ask youself certain questions such as: Which are the strong points in my career? Which precautions will I have to take? Does a Master degree from abroad represent an advantage or not? And if the responses to these questions are good enough to take the risk, take it because in most cases, it is a real advantage to get a Master degree from abroad!


Advantages of Studying Abroad

If you read through this article and got a bit overwhelmed with the dicision whether you should take the plunge and study abroad or not, check out this book: The Global Student is the perfect book to show you that that living abroad is a great way to spark your career and see how many advantages living and studying abroad really has.

Interview with a study abroad student from Bosnia Herzegovina

What is your name and how old are you?
Haris LIBIC, 20 years old.

What is your home country?
Bosnia Herzegovina

Where do you currently live?
I currently live in Irvine, CA

What field do you study?
I am a student at University of California Irvine (UCI), where I am currently doing a Bachelor in International Business Operations and Management

Where have you been studying? Why?
I was a student in Bosnia, in an International Business school, but now I am studying at UC Irvine-Extension.  Because it has a solid reputation and I wanted to study in California.

What were the most positive aspects in having such an international experience you would underline?
The multicultural classes, we are in an international group with more than 15 different nationalities represented.

What were the most negative ones? Why? How did you face it?
Some classes were not as interesting as they could have been, but this was mainly due to the fact that I already studied the same topics in my home country.

Did you already have experiences abroad (such as scholar exchange, internship and so on)? Where?
No

Who helped you to face the daily problems you may have had to face?
The teachers are very open to questions and there to listen to our problems if we have some.

Did you have to deal with the « cultural shock »? What were the symptoms? How did you face it?
No cultural shock. Maybe about food.

About food, what are the different aspects? Is it a shock between US and European culture?
I don’t cook as much as in my home country, eat less vegetables and more fat. Food we eat here is unhealthy. It is quite a shock.

To summarize, that do you retain this experiment abroad?
A great experience that I would totally recommend to anybody that is interested in studying abroad.

5 Great Study Abroad Programs

If you want to study abroad, but need some help to organize everything, a study abroad agency can be the way to go. Often, universities partner up with these agencies to provide more study abroad destinations to their students and also to have a local support network while you are abroad. Here are 5 great study abroad agencies that MariaAbroad has talked to or read a lot about their programs:

Academic Programs International

Academic Programs International is an independent study abroad organization that offers study abroad programs which give the opportunity to experience the world, study in a foreign country, and for American students to earn university credit. They provide living, travel, educational, and cultural opportunities for U.S. students in a lot of countries like Argentina, Costa Rica, England, France, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Poland and Spain. Moreover their website is really cool, really clear and useful. A few of these countries are in the top 10 study abroad destinations for US students, so it is a great opportunity!

Aspire Abroad

Aspire Abroad offers you admissions to graduate and post graduate courses in all leading disciplines, at universities all over the world. Aspire is the officially authorized representative of Institutions like :  Lugansk State Medical University, Ternopil State Medical University and National Aerospace University-Kharkiv Aviation Institute- Ukrain and KES College -Cyprus.

CEA Global Education

CEA Global Education founded in 1997 is providing international education opportunities for U.S. and Canadian college students of all language levels and majors. According to their website, CEA is currently sending thousands of students on study abroad programs to universities in 14 countries including Argentina, Australia, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, South Africa and Spain. Here again, like for the API organization, a few of these countries are on the top of the US students favorite destinations.

International Student Office

The International Student Office is the direct representative of 4 universities from abroad. This organizational structure is a little bit different from the last one we saw. They are directly employed by these universities and advise prospective students about the most suitable program, the application process, visa application and advice on living in a foreign country. And while in other organizations it is charged, consultation is completely free of charge at the International Student Office. So take this opportunity!

Study Chile

Study Chile is an educational agency that provides educational services in Chile to students from all over the world. According to their website they provide immersion, cultural programs, language programs, volunteering programs and any other tailor made programs at the most important universities in Chile. Moreover, their owners have the experience of living abroad; they know what students studying abroad are looking for and what they can learn in doing that.
Have you participated in any of the mentioned programs? What was your experience with them? Do you think it made your study abroad experience easier to organize? Let us know!

Advantages of Studying Abroad

If you read through this article and got a bit overwhelmed with the dicision whether you should take the plunge and study abroad or not, check out this book: The Global Student is the perfect book to show you that that living abroad is a great way to spark your career and see how many advantages living and studying abroad really has.

What is Culture?

According to Gary Wederspahn, culture is the shared set of assumptions, values, and beliefs of a group of people by which they organize their common life. In our world we can distinguish lot of cultures because of the number of countries for example, but also we can see some scales in these ‘country cultures’.

When you travel all over the world ,you have to face these different cultures with their own meaning and perception of words or gestures. Understanding culture will help you to be more aware of these differences and so avoid big mistakes in your behavior, what we call ‘cultural adjustment’.

How does culture “express” itself?

Even if the contrary can be thought, we are not spontaneous in our behavior. Our cultures, our education, and so on, influence us in everyday situations. That is why once you know people’s values and beliefs, you can often expect and predict their behavior. We can say that our behavior is a reflection of our culture.

Culture is often compared to an iceberg: the visible section of the iceberg is so much shorter than the invisible part under water. Each culture has some aspects which are observable and others that can only be suspected or imagined. Thus the part of culture which is visible, such as behavior, is only a small part of a bigger picture.

To give you a better idea of culture expression, here are listed some examples of cultural behavior: facial expressions, religious beliefs, religious rituals, importance of time, paintings, values, literature, gestures, holiday customs, nature of friendship, notions of modesty, foods and eating habits, understanding of the natural world, concept of self, work ethic, concept of beauty, music, style of dress…

Where does culture come from?

How do people get their culture? How do they learn all the behaviors that are regarded as right and wrong in their society? This process, also known as cultural conditioning, is present in every culture, but the specific behaviors that people have, the precise content of their conditioning, is different from group to group.

Everyone knows that common culture come mainly from a common history which shapes our mind and so have influence on our behavior or way of thinking.

The most important part of your culture will be acquired during your childhood, but you will acquire new behaviors until the end of your life:

  • In Childhood: children learn basics activities as eating, walking, talking, dressing, bathing, etc. These basics are the origin of the future children’s behavior.
  • As Adults: people learn new behavior or new ways to perform thanks to education, travels, etc. Adults learn how to adapt themselves.

How to analyze culture? Or how to have the right behavior?

We can find five steps of culture analyzing:

  1. Observation/Instruction: you become aware of a particular behavior but have not yet tried to do it yourself.
  2. Imitation: now you try to have the same behavior
  3. Reinforcement: people help you by correcting you or showing you.
  4. Internalization: you know how to behave but you still need practice.
  5. Spontaneous Manifestation: you no more need to pay attention to your behavior, it comes naturally.

To go further in behavior/culture analysis, you can make research about Hofstede’s parameters and Hall’s parameter.

Why is understanding culture so important?

When you go into another country than yours, you will be confronted with different behaviors, different foods, and different ways of life. Most of people are amused when they see that. But most of the time they are making fun about, being narrow-minded, forgetting that everybody do not have the same culture.

Understanding culture is important, as it makes you  aware and more sensitive to differences, and you could avoid big mistake in your behavior or maybe adjust, but at least to respect the people that belong to other cultures than your own.

Moreover understanding culture does not only exist in the aim of helping poor little students but it is also a real challenge for international businesses. You will not promote a product in the same way in France or in Germany or in Russia.

Understanding culture is the most important thing when dealing and respecting people. It does not mean, you have to go out of your way to mimic a culture that is different than your own, but you should respect the other culture and treat it a different, not inferior yours!

NAFSA: Award for Campus Internationalization Efforts

Reading the headline you might be asking yourself what NAFSA is and what is has to do with you.  If you are planning on studying in the USA or leaving the USA to study abroad, you may be interested in NAFSA’s mission and activities.

NAFSA is the Association of International Educators. This association promotes international education. NAFSA provides its members with training, networking opportunities and professional development opportunities. This organization counts with nearly 10 000 individuals from the USA and 150 other countries. The majority of these can be found in campuses working directly with international students as advisers, officers, teachers or administrators of exchange programs.

NAFSA also honors excellence in International education with awards. In this case, we are going to talk about the 2010 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. On March 9 of this year, eight U.S Colleges were awarded for their excellent efforts in Internationalization.

Five universities were awarded for the excellent efforts internationalizing their campuses: Carnegie Mellon University in Pennsylvania, Hobart & William Smith Colleges in New York, Loyola University Maryland, Northeastern University in Massachusetts and the University of San Francisco in California. Three other schools were recognized for a specific international program or initiative on campus with the Paul Simon Spotlight Award. These are the Borough of Manhattan Community College in New York, La Roche College in Pennsylvania and the College of the Atlantic in Maine.

These institutions will be featured in NAFSA’s report Internationalizing the Campus: Porfiles of Success at Colleges and Universities which will be published this fall. This annual report recognizes institutions that invest their efforts in growing so as to better prepare students for a globalized and a networking economy.

You can download this report directly through their website. Reading this document could be very useful if you are looking for a highly recognized international campus or program in the USA. Also, you can get news and updates about NAFSA on their blog or watch this video on the 2009 NAFSA Conference in Los Angeles:

Disadvantages of studying abroad

Yes, studying abroad has not only advantages! It would have been too simple: you go to a  foreign country and everything is wonderful, people are nice, your home is beautiful and so on. Lies!!! Studying abroad is not (always) so nice. You might have to face one or even more problems while living abroad and see some of the disadvantages of studying abroad.


#1 Disadvantage of studying abroad: You are not a genius

Reality is hard, I know. Studying in another country does not mean you will learn English or other languages magically. I remember the father of one of my friends: he was British and uses to live in France for 3 years. But he could not speak French because he never tried to learn it. Of course living abroad will help you to understand the language better, but if you do not talk, you will not improve.  That is why you need to pay attention and study, but be reassured because you live in that country it should make study easier and faster.

#2 Disadvantage of studying abroad: You are alone

Even if our society is more and more communicative and even if you are closer to your family and friends thanks to Skype, msn, Facebook and others, it still does not mean it is any easier to study abroad half way round the world. Are any of these people are with you in that unknown country? Nope. That is why you could feel alone and sad sometimes. At the beginning, culture shock will not help you to feel integrated: you will need an ‘adjustment period’. You should create new habits, discover the place you are going to live, meet people for example. I cannot hide to you that it will be hard sometimes. You could feel excluded in the country where you are and not have the social network yet that can give you support and strength. And if, god forbid, something bad might happen back home, you might not have the chance to be with your family and friends and have to stay in that country with your pain and alone.

#3 Disadvantage of studying abroad: Reality can be treacherous

First step in that new country and everything seems weird. Differences can be huge between Europe and Asia or small between France and Belgium. Standard of living can be different: more poor people in Eastern Europe than in Western Europe or you cannot expect the same way of life in India than in United States. You will have to face other behaviors, and some can make you feel uncomfortable if you are not used to them: in United State people are going to speak easily with you in the bus, whereas in Europe (read Paris) if you talk to a  stranger you will probably get an angry look or might even scare people away. Everyone knows that Chinese people are different from Americans, Americans are different from Germans, some differences are obvious others are more subtle. We can name that cultural obstacle. Moreover the food is different, you will have lot of difficulties to find local French cheese in US, or local Italian wine etc. if the culture is different, the food will be too, certainly. Getting used to these cultural differences can be a real disadvantage for your study abroad experience.


#4 Disadvantage of studying abroad: Nothing is free

Another big disadvantage of studying abroad can be the costs. Studying abroad can be really expensive. First, it will depend on your major and university or school you choose, and then it will depend on the country, the city and the place where you want to live (big house or small room?). Moreover most countries do not allow foreign student to work, so you need to have money before you arrive in the country or have someone from home supporting you. The question you have to ask yourself is: can I afford to study abroad?

#5 Disadvantage of studying abroad: One year lost?

For some countries or universities your study abroad credits might not count towards your degree, which of course means your study time will increase, costs will go up and you might be longer dependent on your parents. These  are major disadvantages of studying abroad. Before you leave and join the next study abroad program, you have to considerate this: are you ok with adding one more year to your studies?  Is it useless? High school students who take part in exchange programs abroad often say that they have already studied what they are taught  abroad or that the class is too difficult because nothing is done to support their special needs. Moreover some say they are excluded, a kind of racism or sometimes they are a star at school. But in both case it can be really hard to live.

# 6 Disadvantage of studying abroad: Hard to come back “home”

When you are going to study abroad you only think about the time you are going to spend away. But you forgot that one day you will have to (well, most of us) come back to your beloved home country. It can be as hard to live in another country as to come back to your own. It is called reverse culture shock. But there might be even more disadvantages of studying abroad: What if you fall in Love and have to leave the love of your life because your visa expires or what if your boyfriend or girlfriend from back home broke up with you while you were gone? It will only really hit you once you are back and see all the places where you used to spend time with him or her.

#7 Disadvantage of studying abroad: Last but not least: Your Mom will nag you

Do not laugh! You know as well as me that moms can be really possessive. Oh my little baby is far away, how is s/he doing? She will nag you: you will receive e-mails with hundreds of question and if you do not answer as fast as she wants, retaliation could be horrible. She will create her own Facebook account in the aim to know everything you don’t  want to share with her. Each time you will be on Skype, she will call you. As if your life was hers. You will need to establish rules.

As far as I am concerned I think study abroad is a great opportunity and experience and I am studying abroad since last September. Of course I have no thought about disadvantages when I left, but I certainly had to face one or the other. But at the end, there are more advantages than disadvantages. That is why if you can study abroad, I will say you: “Go! But be prepared”. Do not think that everything is black or white, that the country you are going in, is the greatest of the world or that your home country is the best. Do not have prejudices or false ideas about things. Have only a children view to be curious and surprised and enjoy.

Advantages of Studying Abroad

If you read through this article and got a bit overwhelmed with all the things that could go wrong, whether you should take the plunge and study abroad or not, check out this book: The Global Student is the perfect book to show you that that living abroad is a great way to spark your career and see how many advantages living and studying abroad really has.

10 most popular Study Abroad Destinations for US Students

Some study abroad locations are preferred by the student, some are preferred by the parents because it’s safe, some other study abroad destinations are preferred by the students because they are in at the moment.  In general students from Europe mostly go to the US to study abroad, while students from America mostly choose Europe as their study abroad destination. We all have different dreams, some cultures match better with some other, it also depends sometimes on the relations between two countries. But let’s talk about the American students, what do they like, where do they want to go to study abroad and why? Here are the top 10 destinations for US students studying abroad:


Number 1 study abroad destination: United Kingdom

It is not a surprise that UK is the most popular study abroad destination for US students, because as they have the same language, or at least approximately, it is easier to study there, you don’t have to worry about the language, you just go there. Other reasons are that the country is in Europe, has some of the top study abroad opportunities with its big cities like London or Edinburgh, more over if you are studying performing arts, literature or history, UK is the right place to go.

Number 2 study abroad destination: Italy

The romance of Venice, the history of its capital Rome, Italian culture, Italian food, after all it is not a surprise to see Italy placing second in the race of most popular study abroad destinations.  Italian culture is very present in the US. Italy is one of the first countries for vacationers, it also has the Europe’s oldest University in Bologna. Especially if you are interested in studying the language, history, fashion or religion, Italy is a good place to study abroad.


Number 3 study abroad destination: Spain

Spain is in the top 3 study abroad destination, because most of the US students learn Spanish in school. It is also a country where you can find the European culture and the Mediterranean climate, so it’s just perfect. More over Barcelona and Madrid are cities were young people go out and can have a lot of fun!

Number 4 study abroad destination: France

Do I really need to tell you why France is on the top of the list of study abroad destinations for US studens? I guess yes. France is the most visited country on earth; its history, its wine and food culture, and its beautiful language are some of the reasons of its success. And don’t forget that France is not Paris! A lot of students go to France to see Paris, and they stay there without visiting the other cities. So if you are studying art, history, cuisine, fashion, or if you simply want to learn French and look beyond the stereotypes you have to go there!

Number 5 study abroad destination: China

China welcomes more and more students coming to study abroad, mostly because it is a country which grew very fast in the past years, and certainly because they take a place which is more and more important in the world’s economy. So if you study business, if you want to know more about a completely different culture, or about one of their languages, you have to go to China.

Number 6 study abroad destination: Australia

As for the UK, it is easy for US students to study abroad in Australia because they speak the same language. Sydney and Melbourne are the cities where most of them are studying, but of course Australia is a big country, and you have the choice to study abroad at other universities like the University of Perth where you can study marine biology for example.


Number 7 study abroad destination: Mexico

Even if you preferred to go study abroad in Spain, just south there of the US is Mexico, a beautiful country with an important and interesting history, even if Mexico is not always seen as a safe country by Americans, it is in the top 10 preferred destinations.

Number 8 study abroad destination: Germany

The country of technology, good cars and… beer! If you are learning German, or if you want to practice it, if you want to work in the technology field, or if you want to learn a bit more about the German culture and their habits, you have to study abroad there. The Germans are very homey, they work harder than the European average, and this country has a really big history. These are some of the reasons why US students are going there.


Number 9 study abroad destination: Ireland

One more country in the top 10 most popular study abroad destinations were English is spoken, but you will also be able to learn the Irish language. Ireland is notorious for being a land of impossible green landscapes, great beers, fantastically bad weather, and some of the warmest people you could hope to meet. It is a great experience to go there, and meet this population.

Number 10study abroad destination: Costa Rica

If you are studying Spanish, this is one more country after Spain ad Mexico were you can practice it. It is one of the cheapest countries to study of this list. It is a great place to study the nature.

What do you think about this list? Did you study abroad in any of these top 10 countries? Of did you study abroad in a “off-the-beaten-path” country? Share your experience with us!

Advantages of Studying Abroad

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