U.S. students are drawn to Europe when they decide to study abroad. Europe offers beautiful architecture and some of the most notable sites in world history. There are also amazing universities and bustling cities filled with art, restaurants and more.
The hardest decision for many students isn’t whether or not to study abroad in Europe. Instead, the toughest decision is where to go in Europe, when there are so many amazing options.
The following are some of the favorite cities to study abroad for U.S. students.
Berlin is often viewed as a cultural center of Europe. There are art spaces and galleries waiting around nearly every corner, and the city is known for its nightlife. Some of the most famous cultural sites in Berlin include Museum Island and Reichstag. There’s also Alexanderplatz, and many inner-city neighborhoods filled with unique bars and boutiques.
Berlin is a highly international city and innovation is thriving there, which makes it a great place to study. Students often study international affairs, business,and language in Berlin’s programs.
Berlin has a population of more than three million,and it’s the second-largest city in the EU. Germany is also the largest economy in Europe.
Lausanne is located on Lake Geneva in the French-speaking part of Switzerland. Studying in Switzerland, in general, can be a great option. Switzerland has a high quality of life, beautiful scenery and it’s centrally located in Europe so you can visit other places when you get the chance.
Switzerland is also a hub of banking and business in Europe.
Lausanne has some of the top universities and educational institutions in the world as well, such as the top hospitality management schools in the world, and the Universite de Lausanne.
There is also more nightlife in Lausanne than in most of the rest of Switzerland, which is fairly quiet.
Many American students who head to Europe to study abroad do so in Florence. In Florence, there is an abundance of art, history,and architecture to enjoy. Florence has a population of around 380,000, making it decent-sized, but in some ways, it can feel like a small town. That doesn’t mean it’s not busy and bustling, but it has a relaxed feeling that visitors and students tend to enjoy.
Florence was the birthplace of some of the most important artists in history include Botticelli, Michelangelo,and Leonardo da Vinci. Some of the places that are most important to see include Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, which is known as the Duomo, the Bargello, Ponte Vecchio,and the David, housed at the Accademia.
Many of the classes in Florence are small and more discussion-based than lecture-based which can take some adjustment for American students.
Paris, France is one of the most beautiful and beloved cities in the world. There are amazing museums, and on the first Sunday of the month, state-run museums are free. Many of the museums also provide generous student discounts, even on days that aren’t free.
Paris is a convenient place to study abroad for many students, because of their Metro system, buses,and accessible bike rentals. You can get around within the city fairly easily, and it often takes no more than a few minutes.
The city offers different options for happy hours, so you can get food and drinks for cheaper than you’ll find during the rest of the day. The local markets have some of the best prices and the most impressive selections of fruits, vegetables,and other food items.
Finally, London is one of the world’s biggest and most economically important cities. It’s also a good place to study abroad if you don’t want the hurdle of not knowing the native language. London is a big city and while many parts of walkable, you’re more than likely going to have to rely on public transportation. Students in London do get the opportunity to enjoy a discount on public transportation.
Transportation isn’t the only play with appealing student discounts. There is something called Unidays, and you can sign up for and receive discounts on everything from clothing to gym memberships, and sign-up is free. The London Explorer Pass offers free entrance to up to seven of the city’s attractions, and it’s good for a month.
Beyond discount cards, there are a lot of free things to do in this otherwise expensive city. For example, you can enjoy many of the outdoor spaces throughout the city or wander through neighborhoods like Notting Hill.