Where You Should Study Abroad According to Your Major

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Studying abroad may be one of the most beneficial experiences for a college student; you have the opportunity to take in a new culture and expand your worldview. When deciding where to study abroad, you might contemplate where your friends are jet setting off to or the local social scene, but it’s important to also consider your major. The location of your study abroad experience can significantly enhance and enrich your studies as you may have the chance to see a side of your major that you may not have been exposed to at home. Thankfully, ISA offers a huge variety of courses in each major and makes studying abroad easy. Below I’ve rounded up eight of the best ISA study abroad programs based on your major so you can start planning the best experience for you ASAP. 

  1. 1. Business, Economics, and Management: Italy

    If you’re a Business, Economics, or Management major, this study abroad program at the American University of Rome is the perfect accompaniment to your academic studies. The Italian capital sports a famous business district and Italy, overall, has a diversified industrial economy. Paired with courses in International Business and Trade to Negotiating Globally and History of Capitalism, you’ll be ready to conquer the business world by the end of the semester.

  2. 2. Tourism and Hospitality: Spain

    The tourism industry is one of the most important economic drivers in Spain, with Barcelona serving as one of the country’s main tourist attractions. With an abundance of courses in Hospitality Management and Tourism, this study abroad program at the Universidad de Barcelona will significantly enhance your studies and prepare you for a career in the hospitality industry. 

  3. 3. Engineering: South Korea

    Seoul, South Korea is truly a modern, cosmopolitan city known for its sleek skyscrapers and cutting edge technology, making it the perfect place for an aspiring engineer to study. Known as the “Ivy League” in South Korea, Korea University offers a rich variety of engineering courses—like mechanical, electrical, civil, environmental, and architectural engineering—that will help you to grow and develop your skills. 

  4. 4. Political Science and International Relations: Czech Republic

    Known as the heart of Europe, Prague is both the largest city and the capital of the Czech Republic. A political, cultural and economic center of central Europe, Prague is an ideal location for any Political Science or International Relations major to study. You could study at Charles University, the oldest and largest university in the Czech Republic, and take courses from Contemporary Politics in Central Europe and Enlargement of the EU to Capitalism versus Communism, which will prepare you for a career in politics.

  5. 5. Biology, Environmental Studies, and Natural Sciences: Australia

    As Australia’s most populous city, Sydney is a bustling metropolis known for its iconic beaches, expansive sea-side trails and the beautiful Sydney Harbour. With some of the best access to nature (like visiting lovable creatures such as koalas and kangaroos at city wildlife parks!), this study abroad program at the University of Sydney is perfect if you’re studying biology and other natural sciences. 

  6. 6. Literature and English: England

    Popular for its influence in the arts and literature, London is a great place to study abroad if you’re a Literature or English major. From Prose Fiction and Modernist Short Story to Shakespeare’s London, this study abroad program at King’s College London offers a range of courses you’ll enjoy. Plus, while in England, you’ll be able to visit the homes of some of the world’s literary greats, like William Shakespeare and Jane Austen.

  7. 7. Art: France

    Known for its sophistication and cultural prestige, Paris has long attracted artists from around the world. This study abroad program at the Institut Catholique de Paris is perfect for Art majors. In Paris, you’ll receive an unparalleled arts education and be able to seek inspiration from the city’s artistic resources and galleries, like the Louvre, which holds many of the world’s most famous masterpieces, including the Mona Lisa and the Vénus de Milo.

  8. 8. History and Culture: The Netherlands

    Your study abroad destination should have rich history and culture and Amsterdam has just that. Known as the greatest planned city of northern Europe, Amsterdam was founded in the 12th century as a fishing village and became an important trading port during the Dutch Golden Age in the 17th century, creating its iconic canals. With courses in European History and a Historical Introduction to Amsterdam, this study abroad program at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam is perfect for you. Plus, Amsterdam has more history per capita than any other city, so you’ll be able to visit incredible museums, like the Rijksmuseum and Anne Frank House.

Inspired by these academic programs? Visit ISA to start planning your study abroad experience now!