So you want to study overseas for a semester. Great! Now it’s time to choose colleges overseas that you think you’d want to attend…except it’s not that simple. How do you choose? What do you like? What’s out there for you to explore?
Most American students choose to study in places like Europe, Australia, and New Zealand. And while it’s totally okay if those are your top choices, consider different countries to study in. Maybe consider studying in a developing country?
A lot of people think that education in a developing country isn’t as good as education from a developed one; but what a lot of students don’t take into account is the overall experience they would get by studying in a country that’s continually developing. If this sounds like a plunge you’re willing to take, here are three countries (along with a list of some of their universities) to get some ideas going:
1. South Africa
There’s a reason why this nation is lovingly nicknamed the “Rainbow Nation” – there are so many people from different cultures to meet! There are so many things to do in the country: go on a safari, where wild animals roam free in a reserve, walk through the indigenous flora and fauna (known as fynbos), go and look at seals that will waddle right up to you on the waterfront…you might be charmed by what South Africa has to offer visually, as well as academically.
Universities to look at: University of Cape Town (Africa’s best university), Rhodes University, University of Witwatersrand, University of Johannesburg.
If you’re interested in history, maybe Vietnam should be on your list. The infamous Chu Chi underground tunnels used in the Vietnam War 60 years ago still exist, and if you’re lucky and you’ve got guts, you might have time to explore them on a guided tour. Vietnam is also a great place to go to if you’re an English major looking to do some teaching on the side – if you’d prefer to teach rather than study in Vietnam, there are several programs run by international companies that give you a chance to earn your Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certificate, ensuring that you’re qualified to teach locals how to speak English.
Universities to look at: Vietnam National University (the top ranked Vietnamese university), Can Tho University, Ho Chi Mihn University of Technology, Thai Nyugen University.
If your Spanish is up to scratch, consider studying at a university in Peru. An added bonus, if you live in America, is that you won’t be halfway across the world in case you decide that the life abroad doesn’t work out for you. Peru is a great destination for foodies with an exotic palate. The location of Peru is also optimal for exploration in the Amazon, Machu Picchu, and Lake Titicaca – all popular tourist destinations. If you want to learn more about conservation efforts and biodiversity, especially to do with the efforts pertaining to saving the Amazon from deforestation, Peru is calling.
Universities to look at: Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru, Universidad de Lima, Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos.