The Best Study Abroad Destinations for 4 Popular Majors
So you've decided to study abroad and you know what you want to study, but you're not sure where to go to study say art history, healthcare, or English lit?
UE - So you've decided to study abroad and you know what you want to study, but you're not sure where to go to study say art history, healthcare, or English lit? With such a beautiful, large world to explore, one of the most difficult steps in the study abroad process can be choosing where it is you want to go. But don't worry -- Go Overseas is here to help.
We've done the research and the results are in! Below are the best, most classic, study abroad destinations based on thirteen popular majors and student areas of interest.
1. English Literature: Oxford, England
It seems all the classics of English literature hail from Great Britain. From Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet to Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens to Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, for centuries British writers have toiled away at their craft, perfecting the use of language and developing the foundations for the modern novel.
And perhaps no city in the United Kingdom has had such a profound impact on the development of English language and literature than Oxford. (Hey, the Oxford English Dictionary comes from here, after all). JRR Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were both part of a writer's group here, and Lewis Carroll, Oscar Wilde and William Golding all studied or taught at Oxford University, the oldest university in the English-speaking world.
Oxford is a manageable city to navigate and home to dozens of historical sites. It also makes a great base for travel to other literary focused destinations in England such as Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London, the Dickens Birthplace Museum in Portsmouth, and Haworth Village, the birthplace of the Bronte sisters. If you're interested in the study of English literature or becoming a writer yourself, Oxford is sure to fill you with inspiration and is a great place to hone your skills.
Not to mention, Oxford University itself offers study abroad programs for both college and high school students -- generally during the summer months. Campus Oxford is one provider to try. English lit at one of the worlds finest institutions? Take that, future employers and college apps!
2. Photography: Wellington, New Zealand
The two islands that constitute New Zealand are rife with diverse natural ecosystems. With so many picturesque landscapes, it's no wonder why so many places in New Zealand were selected for filming locations in The Lord of the Rings films. Students who are passionate about photography will feel right at home in New Zealand.
From the 90-mile beach at Cape Reinga, to the "Mordor" mountains of Tongariro National Park, to the fjords of Milford Sound, New Zealand's nature offerings are some of the best revered in the world. With so many unique backdrops and subjects, it is a great country to better one's skills.
Located on the North Island, Wellington is the capital of the country. Its compact city-center is full of world-class museums, historic districts and charming laneways. Nature is just a step away from the city center -- it's also in close proximity to beaches and mountains for hiking. The home of Peter Jackson's Weta Workshop, Wellington is also known as the creative capital of the country and is home to the largest concentration of artists and photographers.
This safe, English speaking nation consistently ranks amongst the world's friendliest countries. Oh yea, the fish and chips here aren't bad either!
3. Computer Science: Canada
Of the top 200 universities for computer science, eight are located in Canada. Topping Canada's list are University of Toronto (pictured above), University of Waterloo, university of British Columbia and McGill University, located in Montreal.
The computer technology sector is booming in Canada, in particular in Toronto, the country's largest city. In fact, Toronto is the third largest technology hub in North America. The city's computer tech industry yields $52 billion in revenues annually and employs more than 200,000 people.
Apart from its world-class cities, Canada is known for its diverse natural landscapes, ranging from the snowy peaks of the Rocky Mountains in Alberta and British Colombia, to the rolling plains of Saskatchewan, to the rocky sea cliffs of Newfoundland and Labrador.
With the exception of the province of Quebec, English is the official language of Canada. The country is also quite culturally similar to the United States, making it an easier destination for students to adapt to. Its location just north of the United States makes it close to home, a positive factor for those students who may be going abroad alone for the first time. So, computer science buffs, consider Canada for study abroad.
4. Journalism: Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne is Australia's second largest-city, meaning its home to a large collection of the country's top businesses, brands and news-worthy headlines. The Age and Herald Sun, two of the country's top daily newspapers, are based in Melbourne, and the city is also home to dozens of smaller newspaper and magazine publications as well as television news broadcasts.
With nine public universities, there's no shortage of ways to study in Melbourne, and the fact that English is the official language, makes it easy for students from the United States to take courses and contribute to journalism outlets through writing and reporting (possibly as an intern?).
Communication and journalism studies are popular majors at many of the universities and several have student run publications that welcome contributing student writers and editors.
Melbourne is often hailed as one of the world's most livable cities, and many visitors find it to be less touristy than Sydney. With charming laneways, historical monuments and zoos offering up-close encounters with some of Australia's most dazzling species, the city is a great base for students to soak up the "Aussie" way of life and learn about a distinct culture.
Choosing Where to Study Abroad is an Exciting Adventure!
And there you have it -- the best study abroad destinations by major! Just remember, no matter where you chose to study abroad, going overseas is going to be a life-changing, eye-opening experience that will change your perspective.
Where you chose to go is a highly personal decision and there is no one right answer. Take your time deciding what country to study. Weigh all the options, listen to your heart, and enjoy the process. The world really is your oyster, and soon you'll be off on an exciting adventure that will push your limits, broaden your horizons, and teach you more about yourself as a unique individual.