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Study Abroad Program Locations that Offer Economics Classes

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Whether you’re an Economics major or just need to fulfill a class requirement, why not take those types of classes as you study abroad?

Economics is a very popular field that college students pursue when they study abroad. In addition, there are so many other Economics-adjacent fields to consider: Business, Business AdministrationInternational BusinessAccountingFinanceMarketingManagementFashion Business, and more.

Here are a few of our fantastic study abroad locations that offer classes in Economics.

1. Sydney, Australia

The Australian city of Sydney offers college students a blend of academic excellence and unforgettable adventures when they study abroad. Home to world-class universities, you’ll receive top-tier global education in a diverse and dynamic environment. Beyond the classroom, the area’s stunning beaches, iconic landmarks, and vibrant culture provide endless opportunities for exploration, as well as professional and personal growth.

For college students looking to take Economics classes abroad, look no further than Sydney. The city is significant to the field because of its role as Australia’s financial and economic epicenter. As host to major financial institutions, including the Reserve Bank of Australia and the Australian Securities Exchange, it shapes national monetary policy and drives a lot of economic activity. Additionally, Sydney’s diverse economy — which encompasses industries like finance, technology, and tourism — positions it as a key player in the global economic landscape. The city makes major contributions to research, innovation, and international trade.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Sydney can study at the University of Sydney through AIFS Abroad. The university is Australia’s oldest and was founded in 1850. With over 70,000 students, the university prides itself on producing leaders with qualities that will enable them to serve communities. It is 4th in the world for graduate employability and is the top university in Australia. It is recognized as a top university for fields like International Relations, Asia-Pacific related studies, Engineering, STEM, Environmental Topics and Liberal Arts. The business school has the prestigious triple accreditation from AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS, putting it in the top 1% of business schools worldwide.

2. Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina’s bustling capital city of Buenos Aires has both European and South American influence. With a thriving cultural scene — the very best in drama, music, painting, and sculpture — the city pulsates with the rhythm of its tango origins. No matter when you study abroad here, you’ll find Buenos Aires to be a fascinating, vibrant, and hospitable destination.

Buenos Aires is an important city in the field of economics because it is the financial and commercial hub of Argentina. The city hosts the Buenos Aires Stock Exchange and a variety of multinational corporations, influencing economic policy and trade within South America and beyond. Additionally, Buenos Aires’ diverse economy, with strengths in sectors like agriculture and manufacturing, contributes to its significance in regional and global economic discussions and developments.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Buenos Aires can study at the University of Belgrano, one of the oldest and largest private universities in Argentina, through AIFS Abroad. International students play a vital role in the community life of the university. It hosts over 2,500 students from over 40 different countries every year.

American students abroad in Chile | AIFS Study Abroad
AIFS Abroad study abroad students in Chile

3. Viña del Mar, Chile

Situated on Chile’s central Pacific coastline, Viña del Mar has earned its nickname the “Garden City” because of its gorgeous palm tree-lined boulevards and scenic parks. As Chile’s top beach destination, it offers college students a wonderful blend of small-town charm with the vibrancy of city life. By studying abroad here, you’ll enhance your Spanish language skills, immerse yourself in a new culture, and get to enjoy the renowned hospitality of “Viña.”

Viña del Mar holds importance in the field of economics due to its strategic location as a key economic center within Chile. The city’s proximity to Santiago, the Chilean capital, and its bustling port contribute to its role as a hub for commerce, trade, and tourism. Viña del Mar’s economy, which includes sectors like tourism, fishing, and agriculture, drives regional economic growth and development in Chile.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Viña del Mar can study at Universidad de Adolfo Ibáñez, an AACSB-accredited institution, through AIFS Abroad. Founded in 1953, its business school has established itself as one of the most prestigious in Chile and Latin America. It is the only Chilean business school holding the triple international accreditation from AACSB, EQUIS, and AMBA, putting it in the top 1% of business schools around the world. While their business school is still thriving, UAI now also offers courses in many other disciplines, including Engineering, Humanities, Journalism, Law and Psychology. 

4. San José, Costa Rica

San José, Costa Rica’s capital city, is known for its array of museums, parks, theaters, and historic landmarks. As a study abroad student there, you’ll get to experience its artistic scene, with music, dance, and handicrafts around every corner. When not diving deep into the local culture, you can bask in the sunshine! There are endless opportunities for recreation, sports, and relaxation in the area’s expansive beaches, stretching along 1,200+ km of coastline.

The city is significant to the field of economics because it plays a central role in Costa Rica’s economy. As the capital and largest city, San José is home to large financial institutions, government agencies, and multinational corporations, which help shape economic policy and development initiatives. Additionally, with strength in economic sectors like technology, tourism, and agriculture, San José acts as a driver of innovation and economic growth within Central America.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in San José can study at Veritas University through AIFS Abroad. The institution has grown to become one of the most highly regarded private universities in Latin America.

AIFS Study Abroad Alumni Ambassador in Prague, Czech Republic
AIFS Abroad study abroad student in Prague

5. Prague, Czech Republic

Looking for a city chock full of picturesque neighborhoods, each with its own unique charm? Look no further than Prague, Czech Republic! You’ll get to immerse yourself in the local culture where aspiring writers and artists mingle, jazz melodies fill the air, and locals gather in art-nouveau cafés. Plus, history will be around every corner! The city’s many castles and cathedrals are marvelous, and you’ll also be floored by places like the Jewish Museum. Wander along Golden Lane, where Kafka’s former residence is now a bookstore, or visit Mozart’s house from 1787.

Prague is an important city in the field of economics because to its pivotal position as the capital and economic hub of the Czech Republic. Aside from being home to many major financial institutions, it also hosts corporate headquarters has and a thriving business community. It influences economic policies and strategies at both national and international level. Prague’s economic strengths lie in many sectors, but a few that stand out are technology, manufacturing, and tourism. This underscores its significance as a dynamic contributor to regional and worldwide economic landscapes.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Prague can study at Charles University and Prague University of Economics and Business (VŠE) through AIFS Abroad. Charles University is the oldest university in Central Europe, founded as Prague University in 1348. It is the largest and most prestigious academic institution in the Czech Republic with a reputation for international research and the creativity of its teaching. VŠE is the largest public university of economics in the Czech Republic. Currently, almost 20,000 students attend. It is considered one of the best business schools in Central and Eastern Europe, and the Faculty of Business Administration has EQUIS accreditation.

6. London, England

A city that needs no introduction, London is a global hub of politics, finance, and culture. It stands as one of the world’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan cities, with an abundance of museums, galleries, theaters, historic sites, and lush urban parks. People from around the world flock to London to live, learn, and work. It offers something for every visitor to enjoy!

London’s importance in the field of economics cannot be overstated — it’s one of the world’s leading financial centers. Home to major financial institutions such as the Bank of England, the London Stock Exchange, and countless multinational corporations, it shapes global economic trends and policies in an extremely significant way. Additionally, booming economic sectors such as finance, technology, tourism, and creative industries cements its status as a powerhouse of innovation and influence on a global scale.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in London can study at institutions such as University College London (UCL) and the University of Westminster.

AIFS Study Abroad students in Athens, Greece
AIFS Abroad study abroad students in Athens

7. Athens, Greece

The city of Athens, long revered as the birthplace of democracy, holds a pivotal role in shaping world history. While celebrated for its ancient classical heritage, Greece’s cosmopolitan capital also is full of modern sophistication. Athens has a youthful population, lively street scenes, and a laid-back lifestyle. Affordable yet vibrant, the city offers college students who want to study abroad the best of many worlds: historic treasures like the Parthenon at the Acropolis, quaint Plaka streets, and ancient monuments, alongside chic shops, eclectic galleries, trendy coffee spots, and contemporary hotspots.

Greece’s capital city is of major economic importance, both historically and in contemporary times. It serves as the country’s financial and commercial center, housing major banks, corporations, and government institutions. Additionally, Athens’ strategic location, cultural heritage, and growing tourism, shipping, and technology sectors contribute to its role as a key player in the Mediterranean region’s economy. It significantly influences regional trade and development.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Athens can study at the American College of Greece (DEREE – ACG) through AIFS Abroad, where they’ll have access to the university’s full curriculum, subject to prerequisites. Founded in 1875, it’s the oldest and largest independent, American-sponsored college or university in Europe. It has a student population of over 2,900 and offers over 1,000 courses each year. It is the only institution in Athens with American accreditation. 

8. Cannes, France

Experience the sunny charm of Cannes, a renowned international city on the sea nestled along the Mediterranean shoreline. Once a humble fishing village, Cannes now showcases some of France’s most stunning scenery. It strikes a perfect harmony between cosmopolitan city life and the laid-back ambiance of a seaside retreat. Study abroad there to immerse yourself in the local language and culture as you wander along the iconic Promenade de la Croisette, indulge in open-air cafes, peruse palm-lined boulevards for shopping, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of the legendary Cannes Film Festival.

Cannes holds importance in the field of economics due to its prominence as a global hub for the entertainment and luxury industries. The city is renowned for hosting the Cannes Film Festival and numerous international events, attracting significant investment and fostering economic growth. Additionally, Cannes’ thriving tourism sector, upscale shopping districts, and luxury real estate market contribute to its role as a key driver of economic activity in the French Riviera region and beyond.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Cannes can study at the Campus International de Cannes through AIFS Abroad. Founded in 1931, this private institution of higher learning draws students from around the world. The CiC was founded on the principles of international harmony and tolerance, with the purpose of introducing foreign students to the French language and culture. 

AIFS Abroad Students in Grenoble, France during fall semester
AIFS Abroad study abroad students in Grenoble

9. Grenoble, France

Nestled in southeastern France at the foot of the Alps, Grenoble is a must-experience destination. With its rich history dating back to Roman times and its hosting of the 1968 Winter Olympics, the city has long been a global attraction. Despite its small-town charm with a population of around 200,000, Grenoble offers the amenities of a bustling city. Surrounded by majestic mountains like Chartreuse and Belledonne, it’s a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and is also one of Europe’s most sustainable cities.

Grenoble has major economic significance because of its strong emphasis on innovation and technology. As the capital of the French Alps region, the city is home to leading research institutions, technology parks, and high-tech companies. These drive advancements in areas like electronics, nanotechnology, and biotechnology. Additionally, the combination of its strategic location in France and greater Europe with its collaborative ecosystem of academia, industry, and government make it a prominent player in the global innovation economy. Grenoble attracts investment and talent from around the world.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Grenoble can study at institutions such as Grenoble École de Management, an AACSB-accredited university, and Université Grenoble Alpes through AIFS Abroad. In particular, Grenoble École de Management (GEM), boasts 35+ years of leadership in fields like management, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship. GEM is now on a mission to be a “School for Business for Society,” promoting an immense positive societal impact. It prioritizes internationalization, multilingual offerings, and a diverse student community. It is committed to innovative teaching methods like gamification and online learning, so students receive hands-on, problem-focused learning experiences. 

10. Paris, France

The City of Light stands as one of the paramount cultural capitals worldwide. It’s full of iconic landmarks like the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, and the Champs-Élysées. But to truly grasp the enchantment of Paris, you really need to experience it firsthand. Here, top-tier restaurants and high-fashion boutiques coexist with vintage shops and street-side crêpe vendors, adding to the city’s allure and charm. You’ll find a robust public transportation system, a deep-rooted culinary scene, and passionate locals.

Paris is a cornerstone of the global economy because of its multifaceted influence across various industries. As the capital and economic heart of France, the city’s diverse economy booms in sectors like finance, fashion, technology, tourism, and culture. Many multinational corporations, leading financial institutions, and renowned fashion houses call Paris home, which shapes global trends and drives economic growth. It cannot be overstated that Paris is a center for creativity, entrepreneurship, and innovation — it’s a global powerhouse.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Paris can study at the American Business School of Paris (ABSParis), a member of AACSB International, and Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (ILCF) through AIFS Abroad. In particular, ABSParis welcomes students from over 80 different countries. This allows its student body to make friends from around the world in the kind of multicultural business relations context they will experience in their future careers. The institution aims to prepare students for today’s global economy.

AIFS Abroad students in Berlin, Germany
AIFS Abroad students in Berlin, Germany

11. Berlin, Germany

The capital city of Germany, Berlin stands out among European cities for its ongoing transformation and evolution. It’s become a symbol of design innovation and cultural diversity, with a dynamic landscape that doesn’t shy from its political and cultural upheavals of the 19th and 20th centuries. You’ll find a variety of architectural styles and responses to the aftermath of war and destruction in public areas. Welcoming people from all walks of life and backgrounds, Berlin is an inclusive place to study abroad.

Berlin’s dynamic and innovative business environment make it a pivotal city in the field of economics. As the capital and largest city in Germany, it has a a thriving startup ecosystem. The city is fueled by a culture of creativity, entrepreneurship, and technological advancement. Technology, media, creative industries, and biotechnology sectors are thriving here, attracting talent and investment from around the world. Plus, Berlin’s strategic location at the crossroads of Europe and its vibrant cultural scene make it a major player in the global economy. It often drives forward-thinking initiatives and shapes future economic trends.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Berlin can study at Freie Universität Berlin and Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin through AIFS Abroad. Freie Universität Berlin is a comprehensive, degree-granting university with 15 departments and a student enrollment of almost 30,000. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin was founded in 1810 and is the city’s oldest university. It is a comprehensive, degree-granting university and ranks among the top ten in Germany.

12. Budapest, Hungary

Did you know you can live and learn in the dual capital of the Austro-Hungarian empire? That’s right, it’s possible to study abroad in Budapest, Hungary.

Picture this: You’re wandering through downtown Budapest’s 19th-century boulevards. You’re marveling at its pristine architecture. You’re cycling along the picturesque River Danube. Sounds great, right? As a college student studying there, there’s so much to look forward to. You’ll indulge in Hungarian cuisine and wines, and immerse yourself in the city’s dynamic cultural scene full of lively cafés, open-air markets, and music venues. You’ll love viewing its many museums, churches, synagogues, palaces, and castles — plus the renowned thermal baths and Hungary’s natural wonders.

Budapest is an essential city in the field of economics because of its strategic location and growing influence in Central and Eastern Europe. As the capital and largest city of Hungary, it serves as a key economic hub. It attracts investment and fosters innovation across various industries like finance, technology, manufacturing, and tourism. Additionally, because of its rich cultural heritage, affordable living costs, and favorable environment to startups, it’s an attractive destination for businesses of all sizes that seek growth and opportunity in the region.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Budapest can study at Corvinus University, an AACSB-accredited institution, through AIFS Abroad. Located in the heart of Budapest, it’s a distinguished private research institution. The university boasts a robust student body, with around 9,600 enrolled students. Students primarily study the fields of business administration, economics, and social sciences. When it comes to its AACSB accreditation, Corvinus University is a trailblazer — it’s the first institution in Hungary to receive the recognition! 

AIFS Abroad student in Limerick, Ireland
AIFS Abroad study abroad student in Limerick

13. Limerick, Ireland

As one of Ireland’s largest cities, Limerick offers unique opportunities to college students interested in studying abroad and taking Economics classes while there.

In addition to stellar academic institutions like the University of Limerick, the city itself is a hub of Irish culture and tradition, with a unique history of Viking influence. The architecture is marvelous, and being nestled along the River Shannon makes for a quaint setting. Plus, if you’re a Economics major interested in studying abroad in a smaller, English-speaking city, Limerick is a city not to be missed.

Thanks to its location and growing emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship, Limerick is an important economic center in Ireland. As one of the country’s major urban centers — primarily in the midwest region — sectors such as technology, pharmaceuticals, and manufacturing are thriving. The city’s collaborative environment, supported by leading research institutions like the University of Limerick, fosters innovation and attracts talent.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Limerick can study at the University of Limerick, an AACSB-accredited institution, through AIFS Abroad. The Kemmy Business School (KBS) is an integral part of the university. As a purpose-built facility, it hosts over 3,000 students pursuing various types of degrees. The KBS offers a student-centered learning experience that aims to produce graduates who are ready to play an important role in both business and society. 

14. Maynooth, Ireland

From the majestic ruins of Maynooth Castle to the Gothic architecture of St. Patrick’s College, there’s a lot to explore in this quaint university town! If being in Ireland’s gorgeous nature is your thing, you’ll love the area’s sprawling Donadea Forest and the tranquil Royal Canal. As a study abroad student in Maynooth, you can indulge in the local Irish cuisine at one of the town’s delightful eateries, bars, or cafes.

While smaller in scale compared to major urban centers, Maynooth plays a significant role in Ireland’s economic landscape. Home to Maynooth University, there is a strong academic presence and a skilled workforce in the area. Additionally, because it’s so close in proximity to Dublin, there is a growing focus on technology and education locally. This makes it an emerging center for innovation and economic development within Ireland.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Maynooth can study at Maynooth University, recognized as one of the leading new universities in the world, through AIFS Abroad. It is Ireland’s fastest growing university with over 13,000 students from over 90 countries, making for a diverse and inclusive environment.

15. Milan, Italy

Renowned as “The Fashion Capital of the World,” Milan is a city that exudes style and sophistication. This Northern Italian metropolitan hub is the business center of the country — there’s no shortage of exciting experiences happening here! By choosing Milan as your study abroad destination, you’ll find yourself living and learning in a bustling and vibrant atmosphere alongside people from all around the world.

The city is a cornerstone of the global economy. It’s renowned for its excellence in fashion, finance, and design. As Italy’s economic capital, major corporations, financial institutions, and a thriving fashion industry call Milan home. The city subsequently shapes global and domestic trends and drives growth. With its diverse economy, rich cultural heritage, and innovative spirit, Milan’s position as a dynamic hub of economic activity and influence in Europe is stronger than ever.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Milan can study at Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (UCSC or UNICATT) through AIFS Abroad. Founded in 1921, the university has an ethos of service to the community and promoting the personal development of its students. It has a large international student population of over 3,000, and strong ties to the global business community. It’s the most important Catholic university in Europe, and with five campus locations, it is the largest European private university. The main campus is located in central Milan near the Cathedral, known as the Duomo, and is set in a 16th century monastery designed by Bramane.  

16. Salzburg, Austria

The hills are alive! Salzburg, renowned as Mozart’s birthplace and home to “The Sound of Music,” stands as one of Europe’s most elegant cities. It earned UNESCO World Heritage status for its distinctive architecture and character! Nestled north of the Alps, the city is surrounded by gorgeous meadows, lakes, and mountains — perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. Unwind with a cozy chat over hot chocolate in a local coffee shop, immersing yourself in the warm hospitality of native Austrians.

While smaller in scale compared to major urban centers, Salzburg has economic significance because of its historical and cultural prominence. It attracts significant tourism revenue because of its ties to Mozart, film, and UNESCO. Additionally, the city’s location near the German border and its thriving arts and cultural scene make it an important center for trade, commerce, and creative industries within Austria.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Salzburg can study at the AIFS Abroad Global Education Center, located within walking distance from the old city. Academic credit for this program in Salzburg is awarded by Fairfield University, our School of Record.

AIFS Study Abroad in Wellington, New Zealand
AIFS Abroad study abroad student in Wellington

17. Wellington, New Zealand

Once dubbed the “Coolest Little Capital” in the world, Wellington is a vibrant city in New Zealand that has a captivating blend of culture, history, and cuisine. From eclectic restaurants, bustling markets, to charming food trucks, the city offers a culinary adventure like no other. Its picturesque scenery sets the stage for thrilling outdoor activities such as mountain biking and kayaking. Wildlife enthusiasts will delight in rare encounters, from whale watching to exploring glow worm caves and spotting exotic birds.

Not only is Wellington an exciting destination to visit, but it plays a vital role in New Zealand’s economy as its capital city and political center. The city hosts government agencies, embassies, and international organizations, which drives economic policymaking and diplomatic relations. Additionally, Wellington’s thriving creative industries, technology sector, and strategic port contribute to its economic significance. It’s a dynamic hub for innovation and trade in the Asia-Pacific region.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Wellington can study at Victoria University, an AACSB-accredited institution, through AIFS Abroad. Home to around 22,000 students, including 3,000 international students, the university offers a comprehensive range of internationally recognized courses and degrees. With AACSB, EQUIS and AMBA approved business courses, Victoria’s Business School is in the top 5% of business schools worldwide. In addition to business, students can also study the sciences, architecture, design, education, engineering, music or humanities including courses in Māori and Pacific languages. 

18. Stellenbosch, South Africa

Just a stone’s throw from Cape Town, Stellenbosch is nestled in the picturesque winelands of the Western Cape and is surrounded by stunning mountain ranges. The town has a rich and complex history that’s reflected in its Cape Dutch, Georgian, and Victorian architecture. As a lively university city, visitors can explore fascinating museums, quaint coffee shops, lively bars, and thriving arts venues. Nature lovers will love it here, too — venture beyond the town to hike through vineyards, orchards, and scenic mountain trails.

Stellenbosch’s impact from an economic standpoint is crucial. It plays a central role in South Africa’s wine industry and its growing prominence in research and technology. As the heart of the Cape Winelands region, Stellenbosch generates substantial revenue from wine production and tourism. Plus, it’s home to Stellenbosch University, making it a hub of innovation and entrepreneurship. Industries such as agriculture, biotechnology, and information technology are all rapidly developing in the region.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Stellenbosch can study at Stellenbosch University, an AACSB-accredited institution, through AIFS Abroad. Positioned in one of Africa’s most captivating regions, the Western Cape, students who enroll get to enjoy the diverse natural landscapes of mountains, oceans, and lush winelands. South Africa’s cultural richness and complex societal issues emphasize the need for responsible leadership, and the university is dedicated to nurturing such leaders.

Group of AIFS Abroad students in Barcelona, Spain in front of Sagrada Familia
AIFS Abroad study abroad students in Barcelona

19. Barcelona, Spain

As Spain’s vibrant second-largest city, Barcelona has serious cosmopolitan charm. From Gaudí’s surreal cathedral, La Sagrada Familia, to its dynamic business hub and bustling seafront along the Mediterranean, its allure is undeniable. With origins dating back to the first century BC as the Roman colony of Barcino, Barcelona’s 2,000-year history has shaped its architectural, artistic, and cultural landscape. Its Mediterranean climate, prime location for global travel, and avant-garde atmosphere make it an ideal destination for studying or interning abroad.

Barcelona is a vital city in the field of economics. As a major Mediterranean port and tourist destination, the city generates significant revenue from tourism, hospitality, and retail sectors. Moreover, it is a key player in the global economy because of its strong presence n industries like technology, design, and innovation. Talented individuals from all over the world come to Barcelona to live, learn and work.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Barcelona can study at institutions such as Universitat Autònoma, Barcelona (UAB) and Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona (UPF) through AIFS Abroad.

Economics major Sarah shares a day in her life as a student in Barcelona, as well as highlights the Economics class she took.

20. Salamanca, Spain

An underrated study abroad destination, Salamanca is steeped in the legacy of its university and has a medieval allure. Founded in 1218, the University of Salamanca stands as Spain’s oldest and holds global acclaim for its Spanish language instruction. Beyond academia, Salamanca is breathtaking, with its monumental “golden city” allure. It embraces a pedestrian-friendly layout to make the city as walkable as possible. Salamanca thrives with a vibrant arts, sports, and cultural scene, catering to both visiting students and locals alike.

While smaller in size, Salamanca holds economic importance due to its historical significance and academic influence. The city benefits from a vibrant student population and intellectual capital — walking its streets are budding innovators and entrepreneurs! Plus, its cultural heritage and tourism industry contribute to its economic vitality, which makes it an attractive destination for both businesses and visitors.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Salamanca can study at the University of Salamanca, one of the oldest public universities in the world, through AIFS Abroad.

21. Granada, Spain

Nestled between the jaw-dropping peaks of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and the sparkling Mediterranean Sea on the Costa del Sol, Granada offers the best of so many worlds. It has cosmopolitan charm while maintaining its Andalusian small-town charm. The locals are known for their warmth and hospitality. Throughout the city, traces of Moorish, Gothic, Renaissance, and Baroque influences can be seen on every corner. Landmarks such as the Alhambra Palace, Generalife Gardens, Cathedral, and Royal Chapel are must-sees. These architectural marvels, alongside the Arab baths, the Bañuelo, and the Carthusian monastery, attract visitors from around the world year after year.

Due to its rich cultural heritage and academic prominence, Granada has major economic significance. The city attracts tourists and students from around the world, but also has seen growth in sectors such as tourism, agriculture, and technology. The city is a driver of economic growth and development in southern Spain.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Granada can study at the University of Granada, home to an undergraduate and graduate student population of over 60,000, through AIFS Abroad.

College student taking a weekend trip while studying abroad overlooking a river | AIFS Study Abroad
AIFS Abroad study abroad student in Madrid

22. Madrid, Spain

Spain’s capital city of Madrid pulses with a relentless rhythm. While it’s a cosmopolitan hub of over four million people, it somehow also manages to be effortlessly welcoming. Madrid not only embraces life but also its visitors, making it feel like home from the moment you arrive. Here you’ll find unique contrasts around every corner, with royal palaces and medieval mansions sitting alongside modern architectural marvels. Revel in trying traditional Spanish cuisine one day and innovative creations that reflect the country’s culinary renaissance the next. You’ll love exploring Madrid’s world-renowned galleries like the Museo del Prado, Centro de Arte Reina Sofía, and Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, showcasing masterpieces by Goya, Velázquez, Picasso, and Dalí.

As the capital and largest city of the country, Madrid’s economic significance can’t be overstated. Important industries here include finance, technology, tourism, and creative sectors. The city has well-developed infrastructure and a vibrant business environment, making it a key player in the global economy. It attracts investment, talent, and fosters both innovation and entrepreneurship.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Madrid can study at Universidad Nebrija through AIFS Abroad, where 6,000 students (including over 500 international students) are integrated across three campuses. Integration between international and Spanish students is a normal part of daily life at the university, with students sharing the same facilities and services. Nebrija prides itself on the high standard of its programs, its individual attention to students, and the diversity of nationalities among its student body. One of its main objectives is for students to become interculturally competent in using real-world skills demanded of today’s professionals.

23. Seville, Spain

Spanish culture is encapsulated in Seville. With its intimate flamenco venues, bustling tapas bars, and charming squares filled with cheerful Sevillanos, you’ll love studying abroad here. Its lively historic center, home to the Real Alcázar, Cathedral, Giralda Tower, and the Barrio Santa Cruz, reflects the city’s rich cultural heritage as a former Moorish capital and thriving trading port in the 16th century. The city is known for its vibrant celebrations, dramatic flair, and zest for life. With an abundance of activities, sights, and exploration opportunities, Seville will warmly welcome you to a semester abroad full of discovery.

While its economic significance is ever-evolving, Seville has seen successful growth because it blends its rich cultural heritage with emerging modern industries. As the capital of Andalusia, it’s is a hub for important sectors like tourism, agriculture, and renewable energy. It’s charm and infrustrature help to drive innovation, trade, and economic growth in the region.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Seville can study at Pablo de Olavide University through AIFS Abroad. It has an extensive university community made up of more than 70,000 students. At the university’s heart is to build a more human institution that’s close to the people, which is governed with them and for them, promoting participation and dialogue. 

24. Valencia, Spain

Spain’s coastal city of Valencia is a great place to study abroad! The city has embraced innovation! This is epitomized by the futuristic architecture of La Ciudad de las Artes y Ciencias, Europe’s largest cultural complex and park, built on the former riverbed. You’ll find Valencia’s rich heritage around every corner, but it’s especially evident in the historic Carmen neighborhood, the art nouveau Central Market, and La Lonja. Indulge in authentic paella, a Valencian invention, and experience the lively spectacle of Las Fallas, one of Spain’s biggest festivals, during spring semester.

Because it’s a vibrant hub for commerce, innovation, and culture, Valencia plays a large economic role in the region. Renowned for its Mediterranean charm, the city’s diverse economy spans sectors such as tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, and technology. There is an investment in infrastructure and a commitment to sustainability that reinforces the city’s position as a major player in the Spanish economy.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Valencia can study at Universidad Católica de Valencia (UCV) through AIFS Abroad. The university has quickly become an incomparable center of creativity, providing its students with a university experience of the highest quality. It seeks to facilitate a strong college community while also providing a highly personalized experience for each student. There are exciting academic and professional opportunities at UCV and learning extends far beyond the classroom. Students have access to a rich variety of community service opportunities, professional internships, clubs, associations and intercollegiate sports.

25. Seoul, South Korea

South Korea’s capital city of Seoul is at the forefront of creativity! It provides a fascinating gateway to Korean culture and heritage. Here, students can delve into world-class museums, vibrant art galleries, diverse cuisine, and lively nightlife, as well as partake in festivals, theater performances, and sporting events. Seoul promises a captivating experience for those spending a semester or summer abroad!

A powerhouse known for its innovation and technological advancements, Seoul is one of the most important cities when it comes to economics in the region. Major corporations like Samsung, Hyundai, and LG call Seoul home, which drives global trends in sectors like electronics, automotive, and technology. Startups also thrive here, and the city’s investment in world-class infrastructure and forward-thinking policies make it a leading center for innovation, entrepreneurship, and economic growth in Asia and beyond.

Students interested in taking Economics classes abroad in Seoul can study at Sogang University, rated among the top universities in the city, through AIFS Abroad. Of Sogang’s approximately 8,000 students, over 1,300 of them are international, giving the university a strong international atmosphere. 

These aren’t the only study abroad locations that offer classes for Economics majors or enthusiasts.

AIFS Abroad offers study abroad and international internship programs around the world. Maybe you’ve completed your Economics major’s requirements and are looking to explore other topics through electives, or maybe you want to go to a metropolitan or economic hub where Economics professionals flock to for their career. No matter your goals, we have a program to suit your needs.

Have any questions about studying or interning abroad with AIFS Abroad? We’re here to help!

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