Sensational Study Abroad Locations

Did you know that more than 50% of American students studying abroad have gone to European countries?

Out of that majority, students have traditionally focused on just four countries: the UK, Italy, Spain, and France. Even more shocking is that just 10% of American undergraduates as a whole get the opportunity to study abroad at all.

There is only so much that a textbook can teach you about other countries, different cultures, and especially other languages. Do you want your love for language and exploration to extend beyond flash cards and a minimum foreign language requirement? Think outside the box and check out these unique destinations to see which is the right fit for you! Be a global trendsetter and a global citizen, all at the same time.

  1. Semester at Sea
    Duration: Semester
    Language: Multiple
    Tired of living on land? Take a trip with Semester at Sea and travel the world while gaining your sea legs. With its first voyage in 1963, this study abroad program is open to students of all majors, with transferable credit to your home university. More importantly, this program focuses on hands-on fieldwork and global engagement, with courses ranging from 20 disciplines and visits to a number of countries each semester. Semester Spring 2016 will take you on a Voyage Around the World, stopping in locations such as Japan, China, Vietnam, Burma, India, Mauritius, South Africa, Ghana, and Morocco. Each course on the trip includes an in-country field lab, allowing students to spend time interacting with the landscapes, cultures, and languages. In addition, students enroll in a Global Comparative Lens program that aims to foster a deeper understanding of the countries visited, creating a space to critically examine students’ own perspectives.
  1. Peru
    Duration: Semester, Yearlong
    Language: Spanish
    Are you a fan of ancient history? Does the thought of trekking through rain forests, rugged mountains and ocean coastline leave you aching for adventure? Then Peru may be the place for you! With archeological sites such as that of Machu Pichu or cities such as Cusco, capital of the Inca peoples, Peru is home to a diverse geography of nature and cultures with some findings dating the country’s origins up to 20,000 years ago. Areas of interest could include: environmental studies, marine biology, cultural studies (focus: South America), or Spanish language studies. There are a number of programs that center around field studies, particularly related to biodiversity conservation. Click here to browse a number of programs located in Peru!
  1. Thailand
    Duration: Semester
    Language: Thai
    Steeped in ancestral culture and history, Thailand is home to traditions that remain largely unique to the country itself as it has never been colonized by an outside nation. Interested in Buddhism? Perhaps find some of your own inner peace while studying abroad in Thailand as you explore and meditate amongst its thousands of Buddhist temples. Often referred to as the center of Southeast Asia, Thailand is up and coming in the business world as modernization has begun to sweep across its borders and tourism is at an all-time high. Take a chance and explore the rich cultures and languages that make up this small but mighty country to get a deeper understanding of its attraction to the outside world. Aside from well-known seaside resorts and bustling city night-life, exploring Thai includes trekking into green hillsides, talking to native peoples known globally for their friendliness, and tasting a cuisine ripe with fresh nuts and spices.
  1. Dubai
    Duration: Semester
    Language: Arabic
    Take a trip to the United Arab Emirates and study abroad in Dubai! The UAE is a rich blend of cultures and languages, with those spoken including (but not limited to!) Arabic, Urdu, Farsi, Tagalog, and even some English. The UAE is made up of seven Emirates, of which Dubai is one, with each Emirate including its own laws, traditions, and Sheikh. Dubai is the second-largest emirate and is known world-over for being home to the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa. From here you may even be able to see far enough to get a glimpse of the deserts that outline the UAE and the sand dunes shifting amongst them. Being one of the world’s largest oil and natural gas reserves, the Emirates play a critical role not only as one of the leading Gulf states, but also as a smaller world power in the world for business and trade. Try your hand in some of these enterprises and open a door to the Middle East—find out more here!
  1. Romania
    Duration: Semester
    Language: Romanian
    Want to travel to Europe but break out of the usual study abroad hot spots? Romania may be the place for you! Located in southeastern Europe, explore Romanian language and culture while also finding languages such as Hungarian, Vlax Romani, German, Turkish, and Ukrainian. Home to fantastical legends such as that of Dracula, studying abroad in Romania gives you the opportunity to get entrenched in its many arts and lost in its romancing architectures like that of castles and cities such as the bustling Bucharest. Dig through layers of folklore while you travel around the Danube River—the journeys across Romania and beyond are endless! Find out more.



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Kirsten Craig

Kirsten Craig

Kirsten is a graduate student in Columbia University's Masters of Global Thought program. A lover of anything friend and everything sweet, she is passionate about the environment and the many ways our communication is intricately linked to its preservation.

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