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One good thing about learning, is getting it done in a very serene and conducive environment.
Here are countries and Universities that have good balance in terms of Academics and good Living
Bond University— Gold Coast, Australia
Located on the luxurious Gold Coast, Bond University is surrounded by pristine beaches, insane nightclubs, and rich Australian culture. The campus itself is known for its beautiful landscape and friendly yet knowledgable staff. But avoid the water on campus — there are bull sharks in there.
Why You Should Go: Reputable university near beaches and kangaroos with people from all over the world.
One Thing You Should Do While There: Take the bus to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Cuddle with a kangaroo.
Bond University Study Abroad Programs received 5/5 on Abroad101.
Keio University — Tokyo, Japan
Keio Unversity was Japan’s first private institution of higher learning. Keio places importance on employing the most qualified faculty and staff. It’s not merely a place for academic pursuit — the university states in its mission that it strives to be a constant source of honorable character and a paragon of intellect and morals for the entire nation.
Why You Should Go: At Keio University, “Ecology Week” is held every June, and during the one-week event, students, faculty, and staff work together to think about the environment and to take action.
One Thing You Should Do While There: Take time to soak in the Niwa no Yu hot spring. Just you and your thoughts.
Keio University received a 5/5 Abroad101.
University of Granada — Spain
Author Ernest Hemingway once said, “If you were to visit only a city in Spain, this should be Granada.” Granada is filled with historic scenes, artistic structures, and rich culture. Not to mention a student-driven nightlife.
Why You Should Go: It’s a small enough city that you can walk just about everywhere, but it doesn’t seem too small. Oh, and free flamenco concerts. Need we say more?
One Thing You Should Do While There: Explore the Alhambra! It’s a palace and fortress complex in Granada, Andalusia, that was originally an Islamic citadel and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
University of Granada in Spain received a 4.9/5 on Abroad101.
Fudan University — Shanghai, China
Fudan University is within the epicenter of China, Shanghai, and provides students with a comfortable campus and base for exploration of this sprawling city. Fudan offers students a wide array of language courses as well as options to intern within the city. Students are housed in fully furnished apartments and placed with English-speaking local students to help ease the transition period.
Why You Should Go: You’ll be right in the heart of Shanghai, one of the world’s fastest-growing and most prominent cities for everything from business to fashion.
One Thing You Should Do While There: Check out the Gonqing Forest Park along the Huang Pu River.
Fudan University received a 4.9/5 on Abroad101.
American College Dublin — Ireland
American College Dublin can be found in the center of Dublin in the middle of historic Merrion Square. The campus is within walking distance of all that Dublin has to offer; theaters, museums, restaurants, galleries, and of course, pubs. American College Dublin boasts that they understand that studying in Ireland is not just about the classes; it is also about experiencing the culture of Dublin and Ireland.
Why You Should Go: The American College Dublin was once ranked seventh in the world for study-abroad institutions.
One Thing You Should Do While There: Check out Experience Gaelic Games. At Experience Gaelic Games, you are given the chance to learn more about and then play the unique Irish games of hurling, Gaelic football, and handball.
American College in Dublin received a 4.8/5 on Abroad101.
Semester at Sea
In the spring and fall semesters, Semester at Sea offers a 100-day program that takes students around the globe on a ship. There are slightly shorter trips offered for summertime. Students will typically visit eight to eleven countries during this time. The program is currently sponsored by the University of Virginia.
Why You Should Go: You’ll be hard-pressed to find another program that allows you to travel to so many different places and experience so many different cultures. Oh, and you’re on a ship.
One Thing You Should Do While There: Kiss a fish or shave your head on Neptune Day.
Semester at Sea received a 4.8/5 from Abroad101.
University of Belgrano (Sol Education Abroad) — Argentina
The University of Belgrano (Sol Education Abroad) has 142 academic cooperation agreements with universities worldwide and is the founder of the Latin American Network for Academic Cooperation. The campus features superb classrooms, as well as several libraries and cafeterias. And the campus is just minutes from downtown Buenos Aires.
Why You Should Go: Easily perfect your Spanish speaking skills while learning more about Latin-American issues, all while living with a host family if you choose to do so.
One Thing You Should Do While There: Head to Las Cañitas and take in a polo match at the Campo Hipico Militar.
University of Belgrano (Sol Education Abroad) received a 4.7/5 on StudyAbroad101.
New York University at Berlin — Germany
Berlin has been called the “Silicon Valley of Europe.” A city deemed youthful, artistic, and cultural is a crucial part of modern European history. With the city’s rich history sparring from World War II, Cold War, and beyond, students will learn just as much outside of the classroom.
Why You Should Go: Day trips and guided excursions in and around Berlin are included in the program.
One Thing You Should Do While There: Check out the Eastside Gallery on the remainders of the Berlin Wall.
NYU at Berlin received a 4.7/5 on Abroad101.
University of Cape Town — South Africa
University of Cape Town is known for its overwhelming beauty as it is located at the foot of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak. Basically you’ll be getting panoramic views of Cape Town. The university’s staff AND students hail from over 100 different countries across the globe.
Why You Should Go: The university has built links, partnerships, and exchange agreements with leading African and international institutions that further enrich the academic, social, and cultural diversity across campus.
One Thing You Should Do While There: Check out Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden…one of the best in the WORLD.
University of Cape Town received a 4.7/5 on Abroad101.
Universidad VERITAS — San José, Costa Rica
The VERITAS University is recognized in the Costa Rican and educational environment for its regional focus in the areas of art, design, and architecture. Universidad VERTIAS’ study programs are demanding and use an innovative approach. Universidad VERITAS offers students excellent opportunities for development in the field of audiovisual and design and architecture areas with great potential for professional development today.
Why You Should Go: Three volcanoes surround San José, along with quaint villages, farms, and coffee plantations that dot the surrounding hillsides.
One Thing You Should Do While There: Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens and feel the mist on your skin.
Universidad VERITAS received a 4.6/5 on Abroad101.
King’s College — London, England
King’s College London is of the top 30 universities in the world and the fourth oldest in London. In the heart of one of the most infamous cities, students will probably never run out of things to see or do. Experience many different cultures and broaden your own horizons all while living in Harry Potter land.
Why You Should Go: You’ll only spend about eight or nine hours a week in class. The rest is independent study and learning in whichever way you learn best.
One Thing You Should Do While There: Take a 20-minute walk and end up at the National Gallery. See over 2,300 masterpieces for free.
King’s College received a 4.6/5 on Abroad101.
Prifysgol Bangor University
Many students choose to study at Bangor University, North Wales as visiting study abroad scheme students. Every year, well over 100 students from North, Central and South America, Asia and mainland Europe undertake a semester or a whole year at Bangor and transfer the credits achieved to the home University.
Why You Should Go: Bangor is a small town, run by a small-ish college. It is on the coast, and it feels like it is on the country side. Parks, trees and easy access to nature everywhere.
Boston University Germany
The Boston University Dresden German Studies Program places students at the Technische Universität Dresden, one of the oldest and most prestigious technical universities in Germany. By enrolling directly at the university, students have a great opportunity to get an insight into the academic culture in Germany, improve German language proficiency, and study and live among German and other international students.
Why You Should Go: Dresden is not a drab ex-East German city. It is, in fact, more interesting than Munich or Berlin. Smaller, diverse — a city with great nightlife, cultural events, safe, and a gateway to Eastern Europe (Czech. Republic / Poland).
Temple University Italy
Temple University Rome offers a semester or academic year program of full-time study designed primarily for third-year undergraduate students. The program is comprised of four academic components: Architecture/Landscape Architecture; Liberal Arts and Italian Studies; Visual Arts; and International Business. Internships for credit are available each semester. With the excep
tion of Italian language courses, all instruction is in English.
Why You Should Go: Temple Rome is housed in the Villa Caproni, a handsome building facing the Tiber River in the heart of Rome. Just north of Piazza del Popolo and within short walking distance of the lively Spanish Steps and the beautiful Borghese Gardens, the Villa Caproni is convenient to living accommodations, shops, and historical sites. Its facilities include academic classrooms equipped with “smart classroom” technology; one of Rome’s largest English-language libraries; computer labs and a wireless internet system; extensive professional visual arts and architecture studios.
Siena Italian Studies
The Town of Siena
Siena is the perfect town in which to live. It is relatively small, which makes getting around town a breeze. The people of Siena are also extremely kind and always willing to help you out. Siena is absolutely beautiful and is in the center of Italy’s best wine regions. The food and wine is unparalleled and the hospitality makes you feel right at home.
Why You Should Go: It doesn’t matter if you are a beginner or already advanced in Italian, Siena provides the perfect setting for learning or improving your language skills. The teaching at Siena Italian Studies is also unmatched.
University of Evansville
An elaborate Victorian manor house with over 100 rooms in the picturesque English countryside is second home to University of Evansville students and faculty desiring to study abroad. Harlaxton College, the British campus of the University of Evansville is located just one hour north of London and for lovers of English history and culture, this program will not disappoint. Students spend a semester studying an interdisciplinary introduction to British life and culture, including literature, art history, economics, history, and political science. Each course contains a combination of lectures, seminars, and travel.
A medieval 12th century castle in the Italian Alps provides the backdrop for Guilford College’s Brunnenburg Semester. Students combine study and work while overlooking the town of Merano, near the Aust
rian border, and in easy reach of Munich, Vienna, Verona, and Venice. Fourteen students are chosen for the Brunnenburg Semester and reside in the castle “croft.” Regular excursions by foot into the South Tyrol region are a rich and integral part of the program, as well as more extended outings to major European cities, landmarks, and historic sites.
Spend a semester in a 14th century medieval castle with Emerson College’s Semester Abroad Program in Well, The Netherlands. This amazing location, surrounded by two moats that once provided protection to the castle, is home to 85 Emerson students each fall and spring term. Students are selected by a random lottery, and must apply one year in advance. Along with European studies, students will spend the semester admiring the incredible grounds at Kasteel Well while their three-day weekends are filled with experiencing the culture and history of Europe.
Goshen College’s Study – Service Team (SST) is a unique program. Founded as a program dedicated to something beyond the usual “study abroad” experience, joining an SST team means serving a local community and total cultural immersion. SST is a 13-week program, divided into two distinct parts. During the first half of the semester students will stay with local families while studying culture and language alongside other Goshen students and group leaders. During the second half of the term, students will spread out and move to a more remote area to begin their work on a volunteer service project dedicated to helping the local village. SST has been an integral part of Goshen since 1968 and has served more than 7700 students.
Franciscan University of Steubenville
Each semester, Franciscan University of Steubenville brings 150-200 students to live and learn in a 14th century Carthusian monastery in Austria. Classes are taught by Franciscan University professors and students will have weekly travel opportunities all over Europe to such places as Salzburg, the home of Mozart, beautiful Vienna, and the castles of Germany. Students at Franciscan University also have the opportunity to choose a study abroad program at Oxford or to work with professors to design their own study abroad program based on their major and interests. All in all, Franciscan’s study abroad program offers an intimate setting, excellent education, and life-changing experience.
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