Best Cities in Europe to Study Abroad (2022)

Rome

Study in Rome if you… want to live in the shadow of the ancient Roman empire while experiencing world-class food and culture

Home to legendary art, architecture, and food, Rome is buzzing with life 24/7. You’ll feel the sophisticated metropolitan energy of the big city, but with a distinct warmth that can only be found in Italy. Prepare to be submerged into a rich cultural experience that combines both the old and the new: with ancient ruins scattered throughout the city and a vibrant, modern social scene taking over the streets. 

If you’re craving the best Italian pasta in the world, Rome is the place to be. In fact, most of the food you’ll eat in Rome will be some of the best you’ve ever eaten. And we haven’t even gotten started on the wine yet. Even the cheapest bottle you’ll find in the local corner store will satisfy your craving for fine Italian wine.

 

Florence

Study in Florence if you… enjoy architecture, history, art, and spectacular landscapes, all in a laid-back setting.

Where Rome is metropolitan hustle-and-bustle, Florence, however, feels much slower. Even though it’s a city, it is calmer than Italy’s other equally tourist-centric spots. Sure, there are cars and scooters rushing to get from one place to the next, but in the city center, pedestrians stroll the streets. Enjoy a gelato as you wander past Renaissance statues on your way to class. You will be swept away within an artist’s wonderland. 

Florence is one of the most popular study abroad destinations, so the city is well adapted for students. The bars and clubs are full of life every day of the week. Because there are so many students, a lot of restaurants acknowledge student discounts along with other perks. Although the locals speak Italian, you can do just about anything speaking English.

Barcelona

Study in Barcelona if you… want the beach, nightlife, low cost of living, and delicious food. 

Barcelona is a city that never sleeps. Not only is the nightlife world-class, but the vibe when the sun is out (which is most days out of the year) is just as heavenly. Barcelona is a city that lives outdoors. There are few destinations in the world that combine beaches and mountains in such a harmonious way. In Barcelona you do not have to give up any of the two: you could do a mountain hiking route that could end up in the sea (or vice versa).

Barcelona is also a big study abroad destination and there are many distracts that attract these students providing endless experiences with friends. You can learn about the city’s history, which goes back to Roman times, or you can explore modern art masterpieces like La Sagrada Familia and Park Guell. Best of all, you can learn all about the quirky, fascinating, vibrant Catalan culture (and how it is very distinct from Spanish culture!).

Madrid

Study in Madrid if you… can imagine enjoying daily siestas, sipping sangria, and exploring never-ending tapas bars.

Madrid is the capital city of Spain and is the home of many important historical monuments. Similar to Barcelona, there are endless tapas bars and restaurants, but you can expect a more traditional Spanish culture and cuisine here. Tapas are bites of food served in small portions, so a meal can be composed of several different flavors and textures. Think of it as a festival for your taste buds.

There are plenty of unique markets and museums to keep you occupied in the Spanish capital, and you can expect a vibrant nightlife as well. Studying here you will be able to submerge yourself into the city’s Spanish glory.

Paris

Study in Paris if you… want to enjoy a classy city full of magic (and plenty of unique cultural surprises!)

La République française is truly the crème de la crème for those looking for living history. You’ll find artistic and architectural influences across several centuries in this city. Paris is a big sprawling city so using public transportation is a must when living there. Each district brings a unique charm, creating more of a multicultural feel to the city. While Paris can be enjoyed on a college student’s budget, it is more expensive than some other European cities, so be prepared ahead of time. 

In addition to the Eiffel Tower, Paris has countless other gorgeous landmarks and monuments that add to the beauty of the spacious boulevards and their charming cafés. There is world-class shopping and a dynamic style, with plenty of interesting museums and art galleries. The social scene in Paris thrives with bars and restaurants tucked into every corner of the city. French cuisine is also world-famous, and you can find some of the best of it in Paris.

London

Study in London if you… want to explore a variety of cultures in a big city all in the presence of the Queen of England herself.

London shines as one of the most visited and beloved cities in Europe. With many diverse communities from all over the world, you’ll discover some refreshing insights into various cultures. You can even take a culinary journey around the world with all of the different cuisines. You’ll find there is always a place for you in the city, regardless of your ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation, or gender.

London is also home to some of the best museums and galleries in the world – many of which are free. Even though it’s a big city, you don’t need to travel far to find green space in London. The capital is home to eight beautiful Royal Parks. Plus, you won’t need to learn a new language to feel right at home – though with so many cultures in one place the option to practice is always there!

Prague

Study in Prague if you… want to live inside of a medieval fairytale (without breaking the bank!).

Prague may seem off the beaten path, but that is exactly what makes it so special. If you didn’t know what to expect heading to Prague you might wonder if the plane dropped you off inside of a medieval fairy tale. The city is absolutely stunning with rich architectural history, from cobblestone streets and ancient bridges to hilltop castles. The skyline is all dramatic spires and beautiful red roofs. 

In Prague, beer is cheaper than water. In fact, Prague is one of the cheapest cities in Europe you can study in. You can dine like a king for shockingly cheap, so you can pretty much leave any money worries back at home. Maybe it is for this reason that Prague is one of Europe’s fastest-growing study abroad locations. Expect a rebellious and youthful spirit as Prague blossoms into a haven for students and creatives.   

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