Studying abroad will undoubtedly be a memorable experience. You’ll likely make new friends, get to experience a different culture, may learn a second language, and take classes that are non-existent at your current school. Living away from the comfort of your culture and friends isn’t easy, but it’s an opportunity of a lifetime.
Once you graduate and have a steady job, it will be a lot harder to explore a different country. The downside of a semester abroad is that it may cost extra money, but there are also tons of scholarships available. Check your school’s website and apply for any financial aid necessary to help make this opportunity come true. So now that the possibility is there, where in Europe should you spend those amazing few months?
We love Lisbon. Not only is it becoming a trendy destination with boutique stores and cute restaurants, it’s also one of the safest and sunniest cities in Europe. And to top it off, you’ll have an easy time getting around speaking English (warning: this could ruin your plans of learning a second language 🙄) and it’s also fairly affordable compared to other Western European capitals so make it raaaain.
Does the thought of spending the night looking up at the Northern Lights make you jump with excitement? You’re not a night owl?! You can still spend all day exploring glaciers, waterfalls, hot springs, and volcanoes. And that’s a great way to catch up on your geology or environmental science classes. You’ll have an easy enough time getting around since most Icelandics speak English. That is, unless you’d like to learn one of the hardest languages around — Icelandic. It’s also one of the safest and most peaceful places in the world and doesn’t even have a military.
You’ve likely never heard of Paros. It’s a small island that doesn’t get the attention it deserves, and we’re happy about that! In case you love art, history, philosophy and pretty much anything that would fall under the humanities, Greece has something to offer you. And what better way to dive into those topics than living in a small paradise. Paros is a typical Greek island; beautiful, clean, filled with traditional white buildings, Cycladic architecture, sandy beaches, and clear water. Try not to forget your studies!