The Top 10 Study Abroad Locations Revealed

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One of the best parts of your college experience is the opportunity to study abroad. It’s a great way to travel the world on a budget. Plus, plenty of universities partner with sister colleges, allowing you to pay the exact same amount for your tuition. But how can you narrow down where to go?

Thankfully, U.S. News has narrowed down the top 10 places in the world to study abroad. Scroll to find your perfect fit for studying abroad!

10. South Korea

The interest in South Korea as a study-abroad destination has increased wildly in the past few years, rising from 977 to 4,304. It’s the only Asian country to place within the top 25 locations for students to study abroad. Seoul was the most popular location due to Seoul University and their multiple campuses.

9. Denmark

Denmark has been a continually popular spot for studying abroad due to its biking culture and cozy Nordic vibes. It’s also the only Nordic country to make the top 15 study-abroad countries, hosting 4,393 students. The University of Copenhagen is the second-oldest Scandinavian university!

8. Greece

Thanks to its rich history and beautiful views of the Mediterranean, it’s not surprising that Greece is a popular study-abroad destination. About 4,500 studied abroad in Greece last year, which comprises almost 2.5% of all students studying abroad.

7. Costa Rica

Also a popular tourist destination, Costa Rica is perfect for the adventure-loving student. It’s also a great place if you’re looking to practice your Spanish without going too far away from the United States. Last year, Costa Rica hosted 4,751 students, roughly 2.5% of all study abroad students.

6. Ireland

Over 7,000 students studied abroad in Ireland last year, or 3.7% of all study abroad students. It rose from the 14th spot to 6 this year, making it an increasingly popular option. Two of the most popular universities there are Trinity College Dublin and University College Cork.

5. Germany

Interest in studying abroad in Germany has been growing over the past few years. The country hosted 4% of all study-abroad students last year. With plenty of colleges to choose from (like Ruprecht Karls University Heidelberg, the oldest university in the country), there’s a fit for every student.

4. France

No surprise that France is on the list, especially for the students taking French in college (like I did). One of the most culturally rich countries in the world, there are plenty of beautiful cities to choose from. France hosted a whopping 14,397 students last year, a 1,305% increase from the previous year!

3. Spain

Spain is one of the most popular locations to study abroad since so many students opt to learn Spanish in college. 25,348 students studied in the country last year, which was a slight decrease from the previous year. Still, plenty of students are choosing Spain with the University of Barcelona being a popular choice.

2. United Kingdom

If you want to study abroad somewhere that speaks English, head to the United Kingdom. 27,503 students studied there last year, so you definitely won’t be alone if you decide to pack your bags to study across the pond. There are hundreds of universities to choose from, like the prestigious University of Oxford.

1. Italy

Coming in at number one for the second year in a row is Italy. More than 30,000 students studied abroad there last year, or 16.1% of all student abroad students. Italy is also home to the oldest university ever, the University of Bologna.

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