Last Updated on January 20, 2023 by AIFS Abroad
Studying abroad is an amazing way to learn about another culture and discover more about yourself in the process. But why limit yourself to just the typical, mega-popular study abroad destinations when you can choose from unique places?
If you’re looking for a unique experience, don’t overlook these places to study abroad:
Follow in the footsteps of Charles Darwin and explore the extraordinary ecology of the Galápagos. Located about 600 miles west of Ecuador, the islands are one of the best places to learn about biodiversity and conservation efforts.
Budapest is a great destination for those looking for something different than your typical study abroad locations. Hungary’s beloved capital city serves eclectic architecture, thermal baths, ruin bars and some of the best goulash in Europe. Bonus: Take in the beauty of the city with a boat ride along the Danube or blow off some steam at a thermal bath party (aka a spa-rty).
Known as the “Paris of the East” and “the City of a Hundred Spires”, Prague makes the perfect unique backdrop for your study abroad adventures. The old mingles with the new in the Czech Republic’s capital city. Here you can find architecture that looks straight from a fairytale alongside the graffiti-style John Lennon tribute wall. And there’s one more major Prague perk – its location at the heart of Europe means weekend trips are super easy. Fantastic cities like Dresden and Vienna are just a train ride away.
If you’re looking for a unique study abroad destination, look no further than Stellenbosch. This university town in South Africa’s Western Cape has it all. With vineyards, stunning mountain views and history-filled sites to explore, you’re sure to have an unforgettable experience. Don’t forget to take a dip with penguins at Boulders Beach!
“I had a much more impactful time abroad than my friends who went to more ‘traditional’ study abroad countries with other programs. South Africa has every possible type of experience you can have, bound into one.” – Madison Y. | AIFS Abroad in Stellenbosch alum
Have you considered studying abroad in South America? In Viña del Mar, you can soak up Chile’s vibrant culture and history. This stunning coastal city offers miles of white sandy beaches, manicured boulevards, and sprawling parks. Just a short bus ride away is Valparaíso, a mecca of colorful street art just waiting for you to explore.
It’s true – Grenoble probably isn’t the first place you think of when someone mentions France. Nestled at the foot of the French Alps, Grenoble is a dream come true for those who love to explore nature while still being close to the action. With everything from cultural festivals, theaters, museums and outdoor sports, this small city has something for everyone.
Maynooth offers a friendly small-town atmosphere while still being close by to Dublin’s action. And as Ireland’s only college town, there’s a vibrant student community. From taking a tranquil trek in the nearby Donadea forest to enjoying Dublin’s entertainment, there are endless opportunities for adventured.
Think about it – how many people have the chance to study abroad somewhere as unique as New Zealand? You can embrace the road less traveled in Wellington, where you can see the world’s only complete colossal squid at Te Papa Museum or take a boat ride through glow worm caves.
“I get it, I really do. I was not thinking about this small island literally on the edge of the world at first either. But an offhand destination search led to some genuine research, and I ended up spending a semester in what I am convinced is the absolute best place on Earth: Wellington, New Zealand. So for those of you that don’t really have a place set in your head, and are willing to be adventurous and try something a little off the beaten track, I urge you to consider New Zealand.” – Tricia-Marie T. | AIFS Abroad in Wellington alum
Find a study abroad destination as unique as you.
At AIFS Abroad, we have a program for just about everyone. And the truth is, whether you study abroad somewhere unique or ultra-popular, you’re going to bring home once-in-a-lifetime memories.