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Best Value Cities in the World (for Study Abroad)

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Last Updated on March 10, 2020 by AIFS Abroad

For most students, it’s important to consider the cost of a program and what’s included (meal plan, housing, activities, etc.) AIFS programs are all-inclusive (bonus) but you may still want to consider studying somewhere your money will go a little further.

Trivago analyzed “the world’s most popular cities to determine which 25 destinations will get you more bling for less cha-ching.” Which of our study abroad cities made the list? And which of our programs was the #2 best value? Read on.

17. Athens

Athens is a vibrant (and safe!) city with so much to offer. Students can choose from the full course catalog at the American College of Greece with a huge range of subjects including archaeology, history, art history, drama, economics and finance, literature, international business, mathematics philosophy, Greek studies and more.

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15. Barcelona

With a perfect climate and rich cultural scene, Barcelona is one of the most popular study abroad destinations for American, and European, students. And Spain is much less expensive than some of its neighbors- without a meal plan a semester in Barcelona (without airfare) can be less than $12,000. Plus choose from two different academic programs (UAB or UPF) to fit the courses you need. Summer and J Term Programs are also available.

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14. Berlin

One of the most dynamic and exciting cities in Europe for students, Berlin is the perfect place to study abroad for students interested in history, political science, European and German studies, philosophy, environmental policy and more. A semester in Berlin includes credits, housing, two meals a day (plus a student card for subsidized meals), a transportation pass, a museum pass, and excursions and day trips. Or choose a summer or January Term Program!

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10. Rome

Another popular destination for students, the Eternal City is cosmopolitan but laid back. AIFS offers semester, internship, summer and January programs so there’s something for everyone in Rome. Perfect for students of art and the humanities, we also offer business, economics and communications courses. And semester programs include a two-week orientation in Florence for students to acclimate and study in Italian!

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9. Prague

One of Europe’s best kept secrets, Prague is extremely underrated. With international film and food festivals, a big theater scene, and a central location that makes it perfect for weekend travel, Prague should be on the top of your list. Without a meal allowance (or airfare) a semester can be less than $12,000, and since the Czech Republic uses the Czech Crown, the exchange rate is always favorable. Starting next fall, choose from two different programs (Charles University or the University of Economics) depending on the courses you want to take.

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6. Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires is one of the least expensive places to study abroad, both in terms of program cost and the exchange rate. Study Spanish, business, politics, literature, sociology and courses that focus on Argentina and South America. Choose from Latin American Studies with Spanish or Jewish Latin America: History, Literature and Human Rights. Visit Uruguay, an Argentina Gaucho Ranch, and the incredible Iguazu Falls, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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2. St. Petersburg

And rounding out the (almost!) top of the list is St. Petersburg, Russia, another underrated study abroad destination. Known as the Venice of the North for the canals that run through the city, St. Petersburg is a fascinating and culturally rich city. Take courses in Russian language, art, history and culture, and visit places like Moscow, Peterhof, Pushkin, Novgorod, Pavlovsk -all included in the program. A summer program is also available.

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Visit our website or schedule a consult with an Admissions Advisor for more information about these programs and all of our other study abroad destinations!

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