You know you want to study abroad and indulge in a learning experience in an exciting new culture, but where should you go? Sure, everybody seems to be studying in China these days, and you have friends and family who studied abroad in Germany, but you’ve never been one to follow the crowd. For a truly unique study abroad experience that will top all of your friends’ and family’s stories, try these six uncommon study abroad locations on for size!
Unique High School Study Abroad Destinations
Ghana– Spend an entire school year or just a semester exploring one of the friendliest nations in West Africa. You’ll get to experience living with a host family while you attend a local high school and engage in community service projects. While English is the official language, Ghana also has more than 52 native tongues.
Switzerland – Famous for its chocolate and cheese, this European country offers a multi-cultural experience like no other. With four official languages – Italian, German, French, and Romansh – you’re bound to bring home some new phrases! Join fellow high school students after school for sports and extracurricular clubs. Spend your weekends involved in community activities or exploring the Swiss Alps.
Thailand – Enjoy a year studying abroad in “the land of smiles.” Your host family will introduce you to a whole new culture with some of the world’s most delicious cuisine, religion centered around hospitality and kindness, and the official language of Thailand – Thai. When you’re not busy with your studies, you’ll have opportunities to go on exciting adventures such as river rafting and elephant riding!
Unique College Study Abroad Destinations
Antarctica – An opportunity of a lifetime for only the most adventurous at heart – studying abroad in Antarctica is an experience of vast wilderness and beauty that will never be forgotten. AUIP offers a 14-day study abroad program in Antarctica focused on sustainability and our impact on the world as human beings. Students spend their nights on a ship and their days exploring the land. Although, with nearly 24 hours of sunlight, you may find yourself confusing night with day!
Tanzania – Spend 15 weeks exploring the vast wilderness of northern Tanzania as you learn about ecological concerns and socioeconomic objectives. This project combines both hands-on experiential learning with seminars and field visits to conservation areas and nature reserves. Educational excursions include safaris through the Serengeti and the Tarangire-Manyara ecosystem.
Fiji – As if a tropical maritime climate with warm weather year-round is not enough, Fiji is also home of over 332 islands with pristine beaches and friendly locals. With roots from Asia, Europe, and Indo-Fiji, this country provides a unique blend of cultures that contribute to a warm and welcoming environment. ISA offers a wide variety of study options for both academic year and semester-long programs in Fiji.
Choosing a Study Abroad Destination
To help you narrow down your favorite destinations, look for reviews from other students that have already completed the various study abroad programs you’re interested in. You’ll get insights on things that the study abroad companies might not share with you upfront. Regardless of which study abroad destination you choose, you’re bound to have an experience of a lifetime.
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