Best Study Abroad Programs

Instructor: Nicky Davis
For many students, studying abroad is an important part of their college career. Check out this article for a list of schools with top ranked study abroad programs, and resources to help narrow down your search.

Top Programs for Study Abroad

In the table below, find a list of ten US colleges with top ranked study abroad programs, listed in alphabetical order. These schools were selected in a survey of school officials conducted by U.S. News and World Report.

College/University Institution Type Location
Arcadia University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Glenside, PA
Beloit College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Beloit, WI
Carleton College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Northfield, MN
Duke University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Durham, NC
Georgetown University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Washington D.C.
Macalester College 4-year, Private not-for-profit St. Paul, MN
Middlebury College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Middlebury, VT
Stanford University 4-year, Private not-for-profit Stanford, CA
St. Olaf College 4-year, Private not-for-profit Northfield, MN
University of Texas - Austin 4-year, Public Austin, TX

Choosing the 'Best' Study Abroad Program for You

Students exploring study abroad during their college careers are encouraged to consider their ultimate travel goals. Different programs will have different focuses, from those with rigorous academic schedules to those more focused on cultural immersion. Below are some questions for consideration when selecting which program is best for you.

  • Is the program more heavily attended by students studying abroad, or by native students?
  • Will you live on a campus, or with a host family?
  • Who are the program faculty abroad?
  • Is there a strong and/or relevant program for your major or minor interests available?

More Resources from

As you continue thinking about your time away from campus, take a look at this resource on study abroad planning, which covers the cost of study abroad, how to find study abroad scholarships, and reasons for choosing to study abroad. We have plenty of other helpful resources for all your college studying needs, too, from Biology 101 to Business 101 and more.

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