For many, their student years are the best of their young lives. They meet friends who become soulmates, have life changing experiences and enjoy the benefits of adulthood before the burden of the real world descends. It’s a chance to shake of the parental shackles and enjoy life on your own terms. Perhaps the best way to do this is to study in a foreign country. Studying in a city away from your homeland allows you to learn about another culture and further broaden your horizons. Here are what many consider the best cities in the world to study in.
With a thriving arts scene (the city’s comedy festival is world renowned and there is a broad selection of museums and galleries) and possibly the most impressive array of sports stadia in the world, this Australian metropolis has something for everyone.
The café culture, fantastic shopping and numerous cultural highlights make Paris a popular tourist destination, but to live in the French capital is to discover what the city is really about. The joy of living in a city like Paris is to really develop your understanding of a city and a culture.
With some of the best universities in the world (UCL, Imperial College, RADA) and awesome accommodation (such as that provided by Urbanest), London has much to offer the wide-eyed student. A massive benefit of studying in a capital city like London is the myriad work placement opportunities it affords you while you complete your course. The contacts you will make will be invaluable when you embark on your career.
Eastern and Western culture meet in Hong Kong, a vibrant, diverse and lively city. This city is foreign enough to enjoy difference in culture but accessible owing to the fact that English is an official language.
The only French speaking city in North America is renowned for its contemporary art scene as well as the warm and friendly welcome it gives to its guests. The universities in the city offer forward-thinking courses to students from around the world.
For the hard-up student Budapest is a city rich with opportunity. Wine and beer is very inexpensive, you can relax in the awesome Turkish bath houses and enjoy a coffee in the famous coffee houses without blowing your whole student loan.
Celebrating it’s 650th anniversary in 2015, you will struggle to find a university with such a rich heritage as the University of Vienna. The Austrian capital itself is alive with high arts as is obvious to any visitor. However, scratch beneath the surface as a student living in the city and you will find a vibrant alternative scene of jazz and fringe theatre.