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Studying abroad: where should you go?

Posted at 18 April 2017 in Study & Career

Choosing to study abroad is a big decision, especially if you're going for the full year.

You may not have much choice of where to go (if you're studying Italian, you've pretty much got one destination on your list...) but if you do it can be hard to narrow down your options.

Do you want to stay fairly close to home? Or do you want to explore the world? Spend a year basking in the sun, or wrapped up warm as it snows?

Here's a quick guide to where you might fit in around the world.

Feeling adventurous?

Studying in Canada means you can head to a top university whilst spending your weekends experiencing new adventures.

Hit the slopes in Vancouver or settle into the bigger cities of Montreal and Toronto. What's more, wherever you are, you're never far from the country's wild side. So you could find yourself hiking through forests or kayaking out on the scenic lakes - just keep an eye out for the bears.

Ready to see some of the greatest wonders of the world?

Latin America  is a hot spot for studying abroad if you're looking to learn the local languages.

Whilst brushing up on your Spanish or Portuguese, you could also be planning treks to Machu Pichu, visits to the famous Uyuni Salt Flats or attending the Rio Carnival.

Though how do you choose between Rio and Buenos Aires? Check out the Top Universities guide to where to study in Latin America.

Up for a cultural mix?

Europe has never-ending opportunities to experience new and different cultures. If you're looking to pick up some new language skills, look no further.

It's also quick and fairly cheap to get around the continent - whether you're lured in by the modern architecture of Scandinavia, or the food and drink of Italy and France. Choosing to spend a semester or two in one country doesn't mean you can't experience the cultures of many!

Want to experience fast-paced city living?

If you've always been interested in heading East, consider Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong for your time abroad.

So if you think you can keep up with the strong work ethic and constant opportunities to explore the region, see what country suits your needs. Want to catch the latest tech trends in Japan? Taste the eclectic cuisines of South East Asia?

Take a look at The Complete University Guide's introduction to where to study in Asia and why.

Looking for a year long summer?

Thousands of students head to the land down under every year - and it's not hard to see why!

If you're a fan of surfing, snorkelling, hiking  and catching some rays, Oz is the place or you. It also has some world-class universities. You'll just have to get used to the academic year (not to mention the seasons) being the opposite way around. So with all of its benefits, why not get started on your yer abroad with International Student's guide to studying in Australia.

Want to see it all?

The United States is one of the go-to study abroad destinations for many students. The country is home to some of the world's best universities, as well as a city or town suited to every student's interests.

Whether you want to be in the heart of one of the world's biggest cities or out in the desert, travelling within the US is a major benefits of studying there. You could be stopping off in a small-town diner one day and sitting on the Hollywood hills the next. Unsure where you want to go? Check out this Prospects guide to studying in the USA.

If you're heading to the USA, Australia or New Zealand take a look at some of our village locations around the world.

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