Top 10 Most Popular Study Abroad Destinations for Spring 2012!

Spring Study Abroad Destinations

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Has “spring fever” set in for you yet? As winter loosens its hold and the temperatures begin to rise, there is also renewed energy for international travel opportunities! Whether you’re just starting to consider studying abroad or have been planning it for years, it can be tough to narrow down where you’d like to go. With so many amazing countries and cities to discover, how do you pick just one?

To get you started in narrowing down that list, the GoAbroad blog is pleased to feature the top ten most popular study abroad destinations for spring 2012, based on how many users searched for a particular country on Is it the Brazilian language calling your name? Or, perhaps you see yourself learning more about Japanese history. Whichever culture, country or language you might be interested in, there is no lack of opportunity to be found in each of these destinations. Keep in mind that this is only a small sampling of destinations, and many more spring study abroad programs can be found on!


With its extensive and ancient political history combined with an appreciation for culinary delights (just to name a couple!), there are no limits to the cultural experiences and studies to be found in Italy. It’s no surprise then, that this dynamic country tops the list for the most popular place to study abroad this spring! See all the programs available for spring study in Italy on!

Programs to check out:

  • CAPA International Education
  • University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)
  • Athena Study Abroad


Spain Study Abroad, Spring 2012

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Perhaps it’s due to the fact that Spain boasts some of the most diverse landscapes and climates in Europe, which attracts so many travelers. With close to 5,000 miles of beaches, a range of dynamic languages, and the extreme popularity of soccer (fútbol), Spain has a never-ending supply of cultural treasures and experiences to offer. Be sure to check out all the available spring study abroad programs in Spain on GoAbroad!

Programs to check out:


Did you know that the French language is spoken by 270 million people worldwide (almost as much as the population of the United States of America), of which 120 million are native or fluent? France is also the only country to have  won the most Nobel prizes for literature, and is a country where over 300 kinds of cheese are made. If your appetite has been whetted to learn more about this country, explore all of the upcoming spring study abroad programs in France on!

Programs to check out:

  • Forum Nexus Study Abroad
  • Arcadia University
  • Greenheart Travel


Even with a population of over 82 million, Germany is also known for almost one-third of the country (about 31%) being covered with forests and woodlands. The hundreds of castles found in Germany, as well as being the birthplace of Oktoberfest, are also not to be overlooked. If it’s the bigger cities that have you interested, Munich, Berlin, and Hamburg are but a few of the many places to see! More spring study abroad options in Germany can be searched on!

Programs to check out:

  • EuroLearn
  • Intrax Study Abroad
  • CIEE


Situated in the Pacific Ocean, this island nation is also referred to as the “Land of the Rising Sun.” With a culture as diverse as those who call it home, there has never been a better time to explore Japan. More than 70% of Japan consists of mountains, (including more than 200 volcanoes!) and there are four different writing systems inherent to the country. As a major economic power, Japan’s island-like size is not to be underestimated! See all the different spring study abroad options available on!

Programs to check out:

  • Institute for the International Education of Students (IES Abroad)
  • CET Academic Programs
  • Semester at Sea


As a country that is regarded as one of the Celtic nations of Europe, Ireland brings together a unique blend of cultural influences from nearby places like Scotland and Wales. The appreciation of it’s Gaelic history also influences the modern popularity of football, hurling, rounders, handball and camogie. Learn about these offerings and more from all the spring study abroad options in Ireland on GoAbroad!

Programs to check out:

  • CEA Global Education
  • Performing Arts Abroad
  • SIT Study Abroad


A neighbor to Ireland, the country of England is part of the United Kingdom and includes over 100 other smaller islands. England is known for cities and towns with long names, for producing famous musical exports like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, and for it’s unpredictable weather patterns. More than that, though, England has a long and enriching history to learn about, making this popular destination one to add to your list. See all the available spring study abroad programs on!

Programs to check out:

  • International Studies Abroad (ISA)
  • Global Learning Semesters
  • American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS)


Brazil Study Abroad, Spring 2012

Brazil by uggboy, on Flickr

The largest country in South America and the only Portuguese-speaking country in the Americas, Brazil is home to a range of diverse landscapes, culture, and history. The Brazilian rainforest accounts for  60% of the Amazon Rainforest and almost every Brazilian city has at least one soccer stadium (obviously quite the popular sport in Brazil!). Traditional Brazilian music also encompasses a unique blend of cultural influences, giving it a distinctive international feel. Interested to learn more? Check out all the spring study abroad programs in Brazil on GoAbroad!

Programs to check out:

  • Proworld
  • Carpe Diem Education
  • Center For Study Abroad (CSA)


In Switzerland, you might be interested to know that you’ll never be further then ten miles from a lake! 70% of the country is covered in mountains (around 48 peaks are above 13’000 feet!), making it an ideal location for outdoor enthusiasts. Beyond being known for its Swiss chocolates, Switzerland’s culture is characterized by its diversity–whether through language, literature, art or music! Find the perfect spring study abroad program in Switzerland on!

Programs to check out:

  • Boston University International Programs
  • Up With People (UWP Global)
  • Swiss Hotel Management School (SHMS)


Last, but certainly not least, to round out the most popular spring study abroad destinations is Argentina! Recognized as the 30th largest country in the world by population, with just over 40 million people, Argentina is home to some of hottest and coldest temperatures ever recorded in South America! There is a close affection for cinema in this country, with the highest rates of movie viewing in the world. It is also an ideal location to brush up on and improve upon Spanish language skills! See all the available spring study abroad programs on GoAbroad!

Programs to check out:

  • Mente Argentina
  • Experiential Learning International (ELI)
  • Road2Argentina

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