Studying abroad presents students with the opportunity to embark on international adventures, experience other cultures and enhance their academic abilities. But where are the most unique places to study and live abroad?
According to the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), the global population of internationally mobile students more than doubled from 2.1 million in 2000 to nearly 4.5 million in 2011. Based on this growth trajectory, the total number may sum up to 5 million in 2014. 380,376 African students elected to study abroad in 2010 (representing roughly 10 percent of the world’s international students), the numbers have grown significantly over the past four years, especially with Africa’s middle class growth, hence more families with more money to spend on education abroad.
As another school year starts, with students all over the world, and indeed Africa – world’s second highest mobile students – leave for their respective schools, Lamudi, the international property portal for emerging markets, has examined the most unique places to study and live overseas.
Pakistan’s Institute of Business Management (IoBM) is a leading international institute for educating students in innovation, leadership, management and entrepreneurship. Located in Karachi, a tourist attraction for both domestic and international tourists thanks to its stunning beaches, national parks and historic architecture, the IoBM has extensive links with international education institutes, and provides students with access to top facilities and learning resources.
Do you want to spend an unforgettable semester in one of the most stunning locations in the world? Udayana University in Bayung, Bali, gives you the opportunity to do just that. The largest and most renowned university in Bali has 11 faculties, and welcomes students from all over the world to study business, economics, law, languages and tourism, to name just a few. You can enjoy the white sandy beaches, whilst developing your education and learning about Indonesia’s fascinating local culture.
Rhotia is the ideal location for students looking to study something out of the ordinary. Home to world-famous national parks and conservation areas, students will have the opportunity to learn all about the local habitat, wildlife, and conservation issues, as well as Tanzania’s local culture. With the chance to live among some of the world’s most beautiful scenery, Tanzania provides a study location unlike any other.
Los Baños, Philippines
Spend your time studying abroad at the University of the Philippines Los Baños, a leading academic institution, located in Los Baños, Laguna. Lying on the slopes of Mount Makiling, and surrounded by forestry, Los Banos has plenty of adventurous activities for students to embark upon. And if you’re looking to relax outside your university contact hours, a visit to the natural hot springs will help you to unwind in no time. The 36,240 acre campus has extensive facilities dedicated to educating students in science, technology, agriculture, and veterinary medicine, among a multitude of other courses.
Whether you’re looking to learn Arabic or experience the fascinating culture of the Middle East, Amman is the perfect alternative to studying in Abu Dhabi or Dubai. Students have a choice between Al-Ahliyya Amman University and Princess Sumaya University for Technology, both of which welcome students from abroad to enrol in their many courses. What’s more, the stunning city of Amman brings together the history and future of Jordan, providing an educational, multi-cultural location for students from around the world.
It may be small, but Ghana has one of Africa’s best higher education systems, welcoming students to learn from one of the many universities the country has to offer. From stunning sandy beaches, to wildlife sanctuaries and forests, Ghana lets its students explore a diverse mixture of cultures and landscapes. The world-class University of Ghana, in Accra, is the oldest and largest of Ghana’s six public universities. Offering a wide range of programs from environmental sciences and finance, to communications and international relations, the university has something for everyone.
Known as the ultimate destination for adventurous travellers, Kenya has more to offer than safari excursions. For international students, Moi University in Eldoret, western Kenya provides a first-hand learning experience in Swahili language courses, business and economics, law and medicine, among others. Located south of the Cherangani Hills, and near the Sosiani River, Eldoret is an urban center, with an ever-strengthening economy and convenient transport links for international students.
Spend a semester or two studying in the heart of Puebla, a UNESCO World Heritage site, filled with stunning architecture, including some of Mexico’s treasured Spanish Colonial buildings and the Cathedral of Puebla, dominating the city’s colonial center. For international students, the Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP) offers an array of programs taught in English and Spanish, including medicine, humanities, science, business and engineering.
Mauritius may not immediately spring to mind when considering study abroad destinations, however international students here have their choice of educational institutions, from universities to privately funded schools. What’s more, students in Mauritius can also take advantage of not only free transport, but free health care services and a very low cost of living. Moka, a village in the Moka District, hosts the University of Mauritius, the country’s oldest and largest university, in terms of the number of students and the range of programs on offer.
Easy to access and full to the brim with fascinating culture, stunning architecture and opportunities for adventure, Morocco makes for an ideal study abroad location. Ifrane, a ski resort in the Middle Atlas region of Morocco, is home to the Al Akhawayn University, an independent, co-educational university, that focuses on a liberal-arts curriculum, including courses in humanities and social sciences, business, and science and engineering. The campus is surrounded by stunning landscapes, with plenty of activities to keep students entertained in their spare time; from day trips to nearby Fes, to skiing and exploring the local springs and lakes.