Top 5 Cities for Studying Abroad

Story by Tatiana Tarrio

Many college students desire to travel and see the world. Studying abroad allows students to both travel and complete their studies, but the first question students want to ask is where. According to Top Universities, the top five cities are Paris, Montréal, Melbourne, Tokyo and London. Long Beach State provides opportunities to not only study, but also participate in internships within these cities.

The deadline to apply for the fall 2019 semester is March 11. No need to worry if you missed the deadline, applications for spring 2020 semester isn’t until Oct. 1, which gives you the summer to do research and save up money. You should also go and visit the story abroad office for more information about the opportunities offered not only in these cities but all around the world. Here is a bit more information on these top student picks.

5. Paris

Paris is a hub for opportunities. It’s a city full of rich history, art and cuisine. Experience all the seasons here from the warm days of summer to the crisp winter days. The cost of living in Paris is similar to Southern California, with rent in the city costing around $1200 to $2500 for a one to three-bedroom. Rent outside the city costs around $850 to $1800. Of course, tourist hotspots include the Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Arc de Triomphe, Palais-Royal Garden and many more in this whimsical city.

4. Montréal

If you’re a fan of color, hockey and community, Montréal is the place for you. Nicknamed Canada’s “cultural capital,” you will have plenty to experience in this city. The city is full of color due to its distinct seasons and murals throughout the city. Stay entertained in the winter with ice skating and a cavernous underground city or enjoy a bike ride along the Saint Lawrence River in the warmer summer months. With Montréal being a historically major port, you will have plenty to explore both old and new.

3. Melbourne

If koalas and kangaroos aren’t enough to make you want to study in Australia, maybe this will change your mind. Melbourne had been named, for the seventh year in a row in 2017, as the most livable city in the world, beating out Vienna and Vancouver. Remember, one of the main reasons you’re studying abroad is for your education so you should know that Melbourne not only has some of the best universities not only in Australia, but in the world, will help put your mind at ease. To help you stay up for those classes, get a cup of coffee, which is world-class in the city. Big cities can be overwhelming, but don’t let that deter you. Melbourne is a melting pot of numerous ethnicities where each can find their community. If winter and snow aren’t for you, Melbourne is the place for you, with temperatures rarely going below 50 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Tokyo

While living in Tokyo, you will learn many important life lessons along with your education. If you’re punctual then you will appreciate the importance of punctuality in Japanese culture, which will be a blessing if you take public transportation. Walking around big cities can be fun, but also uncomfortable with the dirtiness in the streets—luckily, Tokyo is the exception. Cleanliness is key. The city has no trash on the streets or graffiti on the walls. If you are afraid about the language barrier, there is no need. A large percentage of the population in Tokyo speaks English and will address you in English. Along with those important life lessons, you will be able to see the beautiful city and its surrounding. Take a hike up Hakone, view the city of Yokohama from the Ferris wheel in Yokohama Cosmoworld or take in the breathtaking temples in the former imperial capital of Kyoto.

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1. London

Finally, on the top of our list is London. This bustling city is full of history, art, culture and is located in Europe, allowing students to easily travel around to all the countries. Just walking to class one will see history at every corner through the architecture, monuments and much more. You can even get into certain museums for free to get an even better appreciation of the art. While studying abroad, you will have to depend on public transpiration. No need to fear here. London’s public transition is known worldwide, from the Tube to the Overground, for its dependency and cleanliness. If you want to take a break from the big bustling city, take a stroll through one of the many parks located throughout the city. Take advantage of traveling not only through England, but Europe, as flights are very affordable to places such as Paris, Santorini and Rome once you’re there. Don’t forget to also take in the sites in London including Big Ben, London Eye, Buckingham Palace and so much more.

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