Study Abroad Destination Countries

By Annie Rose Stathes
Published January 3, 2014

Are you interested in broadening your horizons by studying abroad? Do you dream of exploring architecture at the Taj Mahal or studying marine sciences at the Great Barrier Reef? How about studying international business in China or the history of civilization in Greece? Do you want to build a global network of friends and perhaps future employers throughout the world? If you’ve answered “yes” to any of these questions or entertained other fantasies of international adventure, study abroad is for you.

Once you’ve decided to study abroad, it can be difficult to know where to begin. Don’t worry! The team at has your back. We have spent years researching ideal study abroad locations and have brought the world’s best and most interesting program locations (from Albania to Zimbabwe) right to your fingertips. Whether you want to hit the hotspots of world-famous cities, enjoy the stimulus of rich and vibrant cultures, adventure through the great outdoors, or anything in between, our comprehensive list of the best study abroad countries has excellent options for you.

How Do I Pick a Country to Study Abroad?

Determining the best countries to study abroad can be a fun but challenging task. After all, lists close to 200 countries in which students can elect to study abroad. The country you choose depends on the type of educational, cultural, and social experiences you want to have. To begin the process of narrowing down your choices, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is there a particular part of the world I have always wanted to see?
  • Do I want to study in a city, town, or rural area?
  • Where do I feel comfortable living? What qualities do I look for in a “comfortable” location?
  • What kind of cultural, social, and extracurricular experiences and activities do I want to enjoy?
  • Do I want to explore cultures drastically different from my own or experience one that is relatively similar?
  • What are my personal, academic, and professional goals, and what countries offer programs most connected to them?
  • Is it important to me to be able to travel to surrounding countries, or can I live in a more remote area?
  • What is the best country to study high school abroad that meets my personality?

By answering these questions, you can get a better idea of where you might want to study abroad. However, if these questions leave you unsure, or if you want to explore different options, find a list of study abroad programs by country. Simply click on a country and you will find a description of the country along with a list of study abroad program options.

And, keep in mind that no matter where you study abroad, your experience is sure to be a wonderfully life-changing one!