25 Unusual Study Abroad Locations You Should Consider

If the idea of studying abroad is appealing, but you want to go somewhere more off the beaten track than France, Spain, Germany or Italy, this list of more unusual places to study might have some appeal.

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By Sarah Wright

1. Hungary

If you want to study abroad in Europe, but you aren't tied to the study of a specific language, skip the old study abroad stalwarts like France, Germany, Italy and Spain. Check out Hungary as another option.

2. Switzerland

Like Hungary, Switzerland offers a European alternative for those who'd like to go off the beaten path. This melting pot nation offers opportunities for speakers of French, German, Italian and English, thanks to its location and status.

3. Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Dubai is a city blessed by oil money, and its lavishness has been attracting foreign interest toward an area that was once desert. Several U.S. universities have outposts in Dubai, making it a suitable place to study abroad.

4. New Zealand

New Zealand's English-speaking neighbor, Australia, tends to get most of the study-aboard love in that part of the world. But New Zealand is a beautiful country, and would be well worth spending time in.

5. St. Petersburg, Russia

For art history students in particular, the cultural offerings on display in this amazing city make it a fantastic place to spend some time studying.

6. Budapest, Hungary

Budapest is a lovely city to visit, so why not spend a semester at one of its excellent universities?

7. Turkey

If you want to see a different side of Europe, Turkey is a great choice for study abroad.

8. Morocco

Politics in this North African nation are far more stable than some of its neighbors, which might not be the safest locales for students form the U.S. In addition to being tourist-friendly, Morocco is a great place to study while you brush up on both Arabic and French speaking skills.

9. Jordan

Like Morocco, Jordan is a politically stable and safe option for study abroad. Jordan has the added bonus of being geographically closer to the rest of the Middle East, if you're interested in exploring that part of the world.

10. Norway

Norway's universities are excellent, and the nation itself has a rich history. Combine that with its relatively successful current state of government, and you have an excellent location to spend a semester or two.

11. The Netherlands

If you choose to study in one of the major cities, like Amsterdam, you'll be exposed to all the perks of an international city - including a lot of fluent English speakers.

12. Antarctica

There aren't any universities on the continent of Antarctica, but scholars do work there. If you have the opportunity to travel to Antarctica for school, you should take it.

13. Sweden

If the barren, desolate stretch of ice that is Antarctica is a little too rural for you, why not try Sweden? They've got all kinds of crazy winter weather, but also a very old society with an excellent educational system.

14. Brussels, Belgium

If you want to study French abroad, but don't want to follow the thousands of U.S. students who study abroad in France each year, why not check out that nation's underrated, French-speaking neighbor to the north?

15. Austria

Austria provides an alternative for German language students who want to speak the language, but want to go someplace a bit less standard.

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16. Prague, Czech Republic

Prague is an amazingly beautiful city, and you're not going to find architecture like that anywhere near the U.S.

17. Montreal, Canada

For those who'd rather stay a bit closer to home, Montreal offers a look and feel that is different enough to make you feel like you're further from the U.S. border than you actually are. Plus, you're likely to run across quite a few people who only speak Canadian-inflected French during your time there.

18. Dublin, Ireland

There are several universities to choose from in Ireland's most populous city, as well as a lot of cultural institutions, both historic and contemporary, to check out when you're not in class.

19. India

India is home to a number of good universities, and is an interesting setting in which to immerse yourself while learning. The sightseeing opportunities on days off make this a worthy choice for study abroad.

20. Lima, Peru

There are plenty of more popular study abroad locations for Spanish speaking students, but Lima blends a European feel with a South American setting in quite a unique way.

21. Seoul, South Korea

Studying in Seoul will not only expose you to an amazing city, but will also help you develop language skills for an important market.

22. Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi is a modern city that will give you the opportunity to experience a side of Africa that isn't often represented to the U.S.

23. Brazil

Brazil has a number of awesome cities in which to study, in addition to an amazing landscape that goes from jungle to ocean. Plus, Brazilians know how to have a good time, which will be good news for more party-conscious U.S. students.

24. Tahiti

French-speaking students with a desire for a more tropical location should consider studying in Tahiti. There aren't many educational options to choose from here, but the incredible black sand beaches might make that factor irrelevant.

25. Jamaica

More of a vacation spot than an academic powerhouse, we have the feeling that some students wouldn't mind spending a semester or two on this Caribbean island.

Before heading off on your international educational adventure, check out this checklist of things to do before studying abroad.

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