With so many study abroad options, it can be hard to choose where you want to go. I’m here to tell you that if you don’t study abroad in Europe, you’re making a mistake. From Italy to Greece to Spain to Sweden, there are so many unique and fascinating cultures in Europe, and no matter where you study in Europe, you’ll have the opportunity to visit all of them! Check out the top 15 reasons to study abroad in Europe.
1. You’ll learn a new language
Despite the size of the continent, there are so many different languages spoken across Europe. Whether you’re looking for a way to improve your existing language skills or hoping to learn a whole new language - Europe is the place.
2. Or at least some new slang
Ok so even if you don’t become totally fluent, I’m sure you’ll at least pick up on a few slang terms that only the locals know. Or if you end up in Britain or Ireland, you’ll learn that there are a few differences between the english spoken in Britain and the english in North America.
3. You’ll meet people from all over the world
Europe is super multicultural. As soon as you visit any major European city like London or Paris, you’ll instantly realize that you are not alone in being a foreigner. Not only are there millions of immigrants from all over the world living in Europe, but Europe is home to some of the biggest tourist attractions in the world. No matter what time of year, you’re bound to find people from different countries staying at your hostel.
4. You’ll get to eat some amazing food…
From fresh gnocchi in Italy to the flaky croissants of France, you will never go hungry.
5. And by food, I mostly mean dessert
Macarons, sachertorte, tiramisu, apple strudel...the options are endless.
6. Not to mention, you’ll get to experience Europe's incredible history
For those of you that didn’t already know this, Europe is pretty old. And this means each country has their own long and unique history, it’s up to you to explore it!
7. That means castles
There are so many castles all over Europe! And believe me, the saying “when you’ve seen one, you’ve seen them all” so does NOT apply to castles.
From the gargoyle-adorned Notre Dame in Paris to St. Paul’s Cathedral in London to the funky Blue Church in Bratislava, get ready for some serious churches.
9. And colosseums
Of course, no trip to Europe is complete without some Ancient Roman history. The Colosseum in Rome is the most famous, but there are several others on the continent so be sure to check them out.
10. It’s super easy to travel around Europe
Europe is small, which means it’s extremely easy to travel around. Even if you only have a couple of days, flights are so short that you can easily visit another country for the weekend.
11. Flights are short (and cheap)
RyanAir and EasyJet are the big two - with cheap flights daily to almost all destinations across Europe, you can’t go wrong.
12. And the train system is amazing (and has spectacular views)
Travelling by train is a great option in Europe if you have the time. Some of the journeys in particular offer spectacular views (if you’re travelling through Austria, Switzerland, or southern Germany, you won’t be disappointed).
13. The universities are world-renowned
Europe has some of the best universities in the world. And many of them offer programs in english, so if you’re worried about not being able to speak the language, just do a quick google search for programs taught in english in Europe.
14. And the libraries look like Hogwarts*
*Correction: they don’t just look like Hogwarts, they are Hogwarts (Several scenes from The Harry Potter series were filmed at Oxford, and above is a picture of the cast filming in the Bodleian Library in Oxford).
15. In conclusion, study abroad in Europe and you’ll have the time of your life!
You won’t regret it!