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Pop Quiz: What's the only country in the world that receives more international students than the United States?
Pop Answer: jolly ol' England.
This is the country that gave birth to William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Jane Austen; to Elton John, Amy Winehouse and the band Coldplay. This country has some serious street cred.
And, like a stand out on British Idol - which subsequently spawned American Idol - England's got range. You can study business in metropolitan London, study literature at Shakespeare's birthplace at Stratford-Upon-Avon or study history in 1,000-year-old Roman baths at the aptly named Bath.
In fact, no matter where you go in England, you're bound to run into something educational. And more often than not, that something just happens to also be both fascinating and fun. Get a Stellar EducationHistory majors have Stonehenge and Westminster Abbey. Art students have the Tate Modern and National Gallery. Literature fans have...well, is there any other country in the world with as storied a literature past than England? The point is, England has something for every student. And not just something like, 'Oh yeah, I guess that'd be cool to see.' Something like, if you don't study abroad in England, you won't have gotten the full college experience. England can provide you an educational growth spurt that's the equivalent of transforming a jockey into Shaquille O'Neal. You truly will be changed forever, that can be all but guaranteed.
So many educational options are available to you in England. From the big names like Oxford and Cambridge to any of the 3,000 other English universities that accept international students, you can expect to receive a top-notch education.
And perhaps the best part - English is spoken in England, so you can experience the joys of visiting another country without having to learn a new language! Although you may want to watch those old Austin Powers classics to catch up on popular phrases like 'Bob's your uncle.' And you may never figure out how exactly something called spotted dick can be considered a delicacy.
Experience a Rich and Varied CultureIf you've ever seen 'Monty Python,' then you already know the English have a healthy and quirky sense of humor (much funnier than the writers of this article). Taking that into account, and considering the friendly personalities that comes along with that, it won't be long before you feel at home in England. And whether you tour the rolling countryside, travel the cities in a double-decker bus or take in a game of cricket, you can bet your knickers you'll have a great time.
If you really think about it, England is the best possible study abroad location for college students. You can enjoy the lively nightlife found in London and take leisurely strolls along the Thames River, but you will also be pushed to be the best student you can be, and may very well learn more in one semester abroad than in all the other years at your home university.
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