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Where Americans Go To Study Abroad

“Where Americans Go To Study Abroad”

by Nick Morrison via “Forbes

The number of Americans heading abroad to study has reached an all-time high, evidence of a growing international outlook among the new generation of students.

A report by the Institute of International Education this week shows the number of international students at U.S. universities at record levels, but the other side of the migration picture is that more American students are heading abroad than ever before.

In a companion post earlier today, I wrote about this two-way migration as a sign that universities are increasingly internationalized, reinforcing a point I made earlier this year about education becoming a global currency.

The report shows that in 2012/13 – the latest year for which figures are available – 289,043 American students studied abroad, up 2% on the previous year and more than doubling the figure of 15 years ago.

The most popular destination for American students remains the U.K., no doubt due to a combination of linguistic affinity and the reputation of its universities.

There were double digit increases in the percentage of students heading to South Africa, Denmark, South Korea and Peru.

The top 10 destinations for American students are illustrated in this table, which shows the number and percentage studying in each country in 2012/13 and the change compared with 2011/12.

Rank Country Number of students Percentage of total Percentage change
1 U.K. 36,210 12.5 4.5
2 Italy 29,848 10.3 0.7
3 Spain 26,281 9.1 -0.8
4 France 17,210 5.9 0.2
5 China 14,413 5.0 -3.2
6 Germany 9,544 3.3 1.9
7 Costa Rica 8,497 2.9 7.6
8 Australia 8,320 2.9 -10.8
9 Ireland 8,084 2.8 5.8
10 Japan 5,758 2.0 9.0

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“The 10 Best Places in Europe to Visit Now”

For my friends who are studying in Europe this summer or interested in fall classes, you might check out schools in these locations! If they don’t have a university in the area, you could at least visit them on weekends or breaks 🙂  Don’t forget to use your study abroad experience as the perfect time to see as many awesome things as you can!

“The 10 Best Places in Europe to Visit Now”

by Bekah Wright via “Yahoo Travel

#SummerTravel: The 10 Best Places in Europe to Visit Now, via Lonely Planet

Greece took the top prize alongside such under-the-radar spots as Plzen, Ljubljana, and Stavanger in Lonely Planet’s Best in Europe top 10 rankings, announced today.

“We’re drilling down a little deeper and coming up with specific choices, particularly for the American market, that people might like to experiment with beyond the usual highlights of a European trip,” Noirin Hegarty, Lonely Planet’s Managing Destination Editor, told Yahoo Travel.

The ranking criteria include accommodations, cuisine, culture, historical experiences, sports, and activities. What really comes into play, though, says Hegarty, is “That je ne sais quoi element or experience that lifts it above the rest and makes it special.” Continue reading

“TripAdvisor names travelers’ top picks for US, world destinations”

A lot of these cities/areas have colleges you can pick for study abroad! ** DB

“TripAdvisor Names Travelers’ Top Picks for US, World Destinations”

Bekah Wright

Travelers planning their summer getaways got hot tips on Tuesday — 50 of them, to be exact, when TripAdvisor announced the winners of its sixth annual Travelers’ Choice Awards. Vacation planners’ go-to locales make up the top-25 Traveler’s Choice Destination Lists for the United States and the world.

Winning destinations make the lists based on reviews and opinions from travelers who use the review and booking site.

“TripAdvisor has 260 million monthly unique visitors,” Julie Cassetina, TripAdvisor’s senior public relations specialist, told Yahoo Travel. “Using algorithms, over a 12-month period, we’re able to identify peak months and highest traffic to destinations, as well as taking into account user reviews and ratings for hotels, attractions and restaurants.”

Nearly 500 destinations worldwide grabbed coveted spots on the lists. “We saw new additions on both the US and World Destination Lists that people are excited about, whether it’s due to iconic sites and landmarks or outstanding restaurants, beaches and hotels,” Cassetina said.

(Source: TripAdvisor)

TripAdvisor noted newcomers and spot jumpers. Perhaps the most notable wasIstanbul, Turkey, which took top spot among world destinations, up from its former No. 11 position. One reason Cassetina gives for the surge: affordability. “Like many of the international destinations, particularly in Asia, Istanbul offers a great value with one U.S. dollar equaling two Turkish lira.”

Another trend TripAdvisor saw among the Top 25 in the world was an increase in Asian destinations. “Six of the top spots are from Asia, with four climbing at least 10 spaces over the past year,” Cassetina said. “These Asian cities are great for sightseeing, cuisine, weather and value.” 

In the group was Beijing, up 17 spots to No. 4; Hanoi, a newbie on the list, grabbing No. 8; Siem Reap, up 14 spots to No. 9; and Shanghai, climbing 12 rungs to No. 10. 

Other Asian winners were Bangkok (No. 20) and Chiang Mai (No. 24). “We’re especially pleased to see not one, but two Thai destinations recognized by TripAdvisor as part of the 2014 Travelers’ Choice Top 25 Destinations in the World,” Tourism Authority of Thailand – New York director Srimala Waraphaskul told Yahoo Travel. “Thais are known for being both friendly and hospitable, and this recognition is particularly gratifying because the voters are those who have intimately and positively experienced our destination with their loved ones and friends.”

Several U.S. destinations ranked high on the world list: New York City (No. 12, down 10 slots), Chicago (No. 18, down 4 spaces), and San Francisco (No. 25, down 18).  . . . .

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