Last Updated: July 22, 2013
The number of students who choose to study abroad increases every year, and why wouldn’t it? An excuse to see the world. A chance to fit in some traveling before you buckle down and get a job. An opportunity to gain experience in your field. The reasons are endless! Check out these top five countries students in the United States go to study abroad!
Going to the United Kingdom is the most popular place students go when studying abroad. For one, it’s an English speaking country so there’s no need to learn another language. With America’s culture rooted in England, it’s familiar enough for it to be comfortable, but different enough that you’re still gaining an experience out of it! You may also take pleasure in finding out about America’s history through the eyes of the United Kingdom, which can give you a whole different perspective on how the United States was born!
As the second most popular place for students to study abroad, Italy is often a place of interest for world history lovers! The Roman Empire and the Renaissance are just two of the many historical events that can be studied in Italy’s architecture, literature, art, and museums. Italy is also popular for those who want to pursue politics, as many take an interest to its northern and southern divide.
Students who plan to major in Spanish, or teach Spanish, find a semester studying abroad in Spain crucial to their careers. But that’s not the only reason college students have made this the third most popular country to study abroad. Having taken Spanish in high school, many students find that they already know much of the language, and don’t need too much help communicating. Studying abroad in Spain also allows for you to travel to other nearby countries as well, including France, Portugal, and many islands.
Like Spain, many students who took French in high school find themselves already prepared when it comes to communicating. For those who may not speak French well, students can take comfort in knowing that 35% of those in France are English speakers! History students interested in the French revolution and business majors are among those who most often study abroad in France. Oh, and who wouldn’t want to go to Paris?
China is the fifth most popular country for students to study abroad, and it offers students the chance to learn more about its language and culture–a major interest for many individuals! Students who choose to go to China are often inspired by the dense population and bright lights of city life! Math, business, and philosophy majors are some of the most popular degree programs studied in China. Unlike many of the European countries, China has very few English speakers, so this is the place for those who want the experience of completely immersing themselves in another culture!
Struggling with your decision? Check out more info on how to choose where to study abroad.
Original Post Date: August 29th, 2012