With over 50 individual countries to choose from, it’s no wonder most American students opt to hop the pond when choosing where to study abroad. If you’re set on the best places to study abroad in Europe and want to find the best program, do yourself a favor and make a MyGoAbroad account to bookmark and compare programs easily side-by-side.
Remember: the best place to study abroad in Europe has to have the best program for YOU — not your bestie, not your college crush, not your dorm roommate, but you. Be picky, take your time when choosing a program, and consider more off-the-beaten path locations to have a truly memorable semester or summer studying abroad in Europe.
Here’s the short-list of the best places to study abroad in Europe that will secure your (bound-to-be) incredible international learning experience, broken down by region: Eastern Europe, Northern Europe, Southern Europe, and Western Europe. We're here to help make sure you have a solid answer to: "Where should I study abroad in Europe?"
Study Abroad in Eastern Europe
Though Eastern Europe isn't defined by a specific boundary, it is commonly understood as the former Eastern Bloc from the Cold War era. Though arbitrary, there are certain characteristics that unite this region with a unique resiliency and low-slung energy that sets it apart from the rest of the continent. Our top picks include...
Recommended Programs: CISabroad and AIFS - See all study abroad programs in the Czech Republic
Study Abroad in Northern Europe
Northern Europe is more than Scandinavia and a smattering of north Atlantic islands. The cultures that call this region home have no doubt been influenced by its drastically dark winters (sprinkled with occasional views of the Northern Lights) and wonderfully sunlit summers. Ready to find out for yourself? Check out our faves:
Study Abroad in Southern Europe
What's that? Come again? Sorry, we were just distracted by our day dreams of those jewel-blue tones of Lady Mediterranea. What study abroad student WOULDN'T want to call this region home for their semester abroad? Southern Europe beckons, and these countries are #1:
Runner Up: If you’re ultra-trendy, consider island school while studying in Cyprus.
Study Abroad In Western Europe
Highly influential on the world stage, Western Europe really is all it's cracked up to be. From the tallest alpine mountains to the deepest lakes— not to mention all the sweet stuff in between (pain au chocolat, anyone?), this region packs a punch.
Things to Know Before Studying in Europe
Instead of wondering "Where should I study abroad in Europe?," you're probably thinking "Where should I study abroad in Europe this time?" :-) Keep the following tips in mind to ensure your semester or summer of study abroad in Europe is scot-free:
- The school years vary. Depending on where you choose to study, the school calendar might follow the annual calendar, it might follow your regular academic calendar, or it might start in a totally different time of year. Don’t sign up for a study abroad program that overlaps with previous school commitments!
- Go deeper. If you choose to study abroad in France, opt for Lyon or Marseille instead of Paris. If you want to check out Hungary, skip Budapest for Debrecen. Point being that the smaller the city, the more immersive the experience tends to be. And that’s the sweet spot.
- Plan for weekend getaways. One of the many perks of studying abroad in Europe is the proximity to so many vastly different cultures and countries. While we don’t recommend you jetset every weekend (you’ve gotta get to know your host country, right?!), do plan and budget for a few weekends in neighboring areas or in an entirely different European region.
- Commit to meaningful travel. There’s a type of travel that’s more touristy and relaxing and fun and full of tiny umbrellas in your drinks. Then there’s the kind of travel that incorporates the local culture and consistently (and humbly) tries to engage with the people you meet. Which do you think is better? We know you know.
Wait, people don’t really travel to Europe by ship anymore. So this is your final boarding call. Now that you know the best places to study abroad in Europe, check out all of the resources available on GoAbroad.com to help your travel start on the right foot.
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