Study Abroad?? Experience this global universities

1. Bond University — Gold Coast, Australia

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Located on the luxurious Gold Coast, Bond University is surrounded by pristine beaches, insane nightclubs, and rich Australian culture. The campus itself is known for its beautiful landscape and friendly yet knowledgable staff. But avoid the water on campus — there are bull sharks in there.

Why You Should Go: Reputable university near beaches and kangaroos with people from all over the world.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Take the bus to Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary. Cuddle with a kangaroo.

Bond University Study Abroad Programs received 5/5 on AbroadStudy101.

2. Keio University — Tokyo, Japan

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Keio Unversity was Japan’s first private institution of higher learning. Keio places importance on employing the most qualified faculty and staff. It’s not merely a place for academic pursuit — the university states in its mission that it strives to be a constant source of honorable character and a paragon of intellect and morals for the entire nation.

Why You Should Go: At Keio University, “Ecology Week” is held every June, and during the one-week event, students, faculty, and staff work together to think about the environment and to take action.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Take time to soak in the Niwa no Yu hot spring. Just you and your thoughts.

Keio University received a 5/5 AbroadStudy101.

3. University of Granada — Spain

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Author Ernest Hemingway once said, “If you were to visit only a city in Spain, this should be Granada.” Granada is filled with historic scenes, artistic structures, and rich culture. Not to mention a student-driven nightlife.

Why You Should Go: It’s a small enough city that you can walk just about everywhere, but it doesn’t seem too small. Oh, and free flamenco concerts. Need we say more?

One Thing You Should Do While There: Explore the Alhambra! It’s a palace and fortress complex in Granada, Andalusia, that was originally an Islamic citadel and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

University of Granada in Spain received a 4.9/5 on AbroadStudy101.

4. Fudan University — Shanghai, China

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Fudan University is within the epicenter of China, Shanghai, and provides students with a comfortable campus and base for exploration of this sprawling city. Fudan offers students a wide array of language courses as well as options to intern within the city. Students are housed in fully furnished apartments and placed with English-speaking local students to help ease the transition period.

Why You Should Go: You’ll be right in the heart of Shanghai, one of the world’s fastest-growing and most prominent cities for everything from business to fashion.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Check out the Gonqing Forest Park along the Huang Pu River.

Fudan University received a 4.9/5 on AbroadStudy101.

5. American College Dublin — Ireland

American College Dublin can be found in the center of Dublin in the middle of historic Merrion Square. The campus is within walking distance of all that Dublin has to offer; theaters, museums, restaurants, galleries, and of course, pubs. American College Dublin boasts that they understand that studying in Ireland is not just about the classes; it is also about experiencing the culture of Dublin and Ireland.

Why You Should Go: The American College Dublin was once ranked seventh in the world for study-abroad institutions.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Check out Experience Gaelic Games. At Experience Gaelic Games, you are given the chance to learn more about and then play the unique Irish games of hurling, Gaelic football, and handball.

American College in Dublin received a 4.8/5 on AbroadStudy101.

6. Semester at Sea

In the spring and fall semesters, Semester at Sea offers a 100-day program that takes students around the globe on a ship. There are slightly shorter trips offered for summertime. Students will typically visit eight to eleven countries during this time. The program is currently sponsored by the University of Virginia.

Why You Should Go: You’ll be hard-pressed to find another program that allows you to travel to so many different places and experience so many different cultures. Oh, and you’re on a ship.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Kiss a fish or shave your head on Neptune Day.

Semester at Sea received a 4.8/5 from AbroadStudy101.

7. University of Belgrano (Sol Education Abroad) — Argentina

The University of Belgrano (Sol Education Abroad) has 142 academic cooperation agreements with universities worldwide and is the founder of the Latin American Network for Academic Cooperation. The campus features superb classrooms, as well as several libraries and cafeterias. And the campus is just minutes from downtown Buenos Aires.

Why You Should Go: Easily perfect your Spanish speaking skills while learning more about Latin-American issues, all while living with a host family if you choose to do so.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Head to Las Cañitas and take in a polo match at the Campo Hipico Militar.

University of Belgrano (Sol Education Abroad) received a 4.7/5 on AbroadStudy101.

8. Hult International Business School at London — United Kingdom

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Hult International Business School is the fastest growing business school in the world.  A top ranked business school with campuses across the world, it truly gives you a global experience. The best part of  of this  business school is the global mix of students in class. In the heart of one of the most infamous cities, students will probably never run out of things to see or do. Experience many different cultures and broaden your own horizons all while living in Harry Potter land.

Why You Should Go: You’ll only spend about eight or nine hours a week in class. The rest is independent study and learning in whichever way you learn best.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Take a 20-minute walk and end up at the National Gallery. See over 2,300 masterpieces for free.

 Hult IBS at London received a 4.7/5 on AbroadStudy101. Look at what alums have to say about the school

9. University of Cape Town — South Africa

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University of Cape Town is known for its overwhelming beauty as it is located at the foot of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak. Basically you’ll be getting panoramic views of Cape Town. The university’s staff AND students hail from over 100 different countries across the globe.

Why You Should Go: The university has built links, partnerships, and exchange agreements with leading African and international institutions that further enrich the academic, social, and cultural diversity across campus.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Check out Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden…one of the best in the WORLD.

University of Cape Town received a 4.7/5 on AbroadStudy101.

10. Lorenzo de’ Medici — Florence, Italy

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Lorenzo de’ Medici is surrounded by the rolling hills of the Italian countryside. To study and live in Florence is to walk the streets Dante, Brunelleschi, Giotto, and many other contributors to the arts and humanities did. Here students can soak up the culture and history of this great city while learning Italian and studying in buildings from centuries past.

Why You Should Go: Florence was the cradle of Renaissance civilization, the place where Dante, Brunelleschi, Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Machiavelli, and Galileo forever changed the way we view the world. Talk about inspiration.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Check out a panoramic view of the city by visiting the Piazzale Michelangelo.

Lorenzo de’ Medici in Florence received a 4.7/5 on AbroadStudy101.

11. Universidad VERITAS — San José, Costa Rica

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The VERITAS University is recognized in the Costa Rican and educational environment for its regional focus in the areas of art, design, and architecture. Universidad VERTIAS’ study programs are demanding and use an innovative approach. Universidad VERITAS offers students excellent opportunities for development in the field of audiovisual and design and architecture areas with great potential for professional development today.

Why You Should Go: Three volcanoes surround San José, along with quaint villages, farms, and coffee plantations that dot the surrounding hillsides.

One Thing You Should Do While There: Visit La Paz Waterfall Gardens and feel the mist on your skin.

Universidad VERITAS received a 4.6/5 on AbroadStudy101.

The changing languages in Australia. Punjabi is the fastest growing language down under

There were between 350 and 750 distinct Australian Aboriginal languages at the time of first European contact.

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The most linguistically diverse regions were across Australia’s north.

 

The most linguistically diverse regions were across Australia's north.

Today’s heavily populated south east also contained dozens of dialects.

 

Today's heavily populated south east also contained dozens of dialects.

Only about 70 of these languages have survived.

 

Only about 70 of these languages have survived.

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Footie-mad Tiwi Islanders in the Northern Territory. Tiwi is one of only 10 percent of Australian languages still being learned by children. Source: Wikipedia.

All except roughly 20 languages are highly endangered.

 

All except roughly 20 languages are highly endangered.

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Yolnu children from north-east Arnhem Land still learn their language, but many others are dying out.

Australia has no official language, but English is the de facto language. According to the 2011 census, 76.8 percent of people spoke only English at home.

 

Australia has no official language, but English is the de facto language. According to the 2011 census , 76.8 percent of people spoke only English at home.

Collectively, Australians speak over 200 languages. The most common languages other than English are: Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek and Vietnamese.

 

Collectively, Australians speak over 200 languages. The most common languages other than English are: Mandarin, Italian, Arabic, Cantonese, Greek and Vietnamese.

Mandarin showed the biggest increase of non–English language spoken at home in Australia’s top 20 languages, growing to 336,410 – an increase of 52.5 percent.

 

Mandarin showed the biggest increase of non–English language spoken at home in Australia’s top 20 languages, growing to 336,410 – an increase of 52.5 percent.

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Punjabi is the fastest growing Australian language, showing a 207.5 percent increase from 23,164 people in 2006 to 71,229 people in 2011.

 

Punjabi is the fastest growing Australian language, showing a 207.5 percent increase from 23,164 people in 2006 to 71,229 people in 2011.

There are 60,550 speakers of Australian Aboriginal languages, spoken by around 11 percent of Australia’s 550,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

 

There are 60,550 speakers of Australian Aboriginal languages, spoken by around 11 percent of Australia's 550,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

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So fewer than 0.25 percent of Australians now speak one of Australia’s original languages. Pretty sad huh?

 

So fewer than 0.25 percent of Australians now speak one of Australia's original languages. Pretty sad huh?

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