If you are researching study abroad countries there are lots you've probably never thought of or considered, but you should.

Yes okay, countries ike England, France, Australia, New Zealand and Spain are amazing, but they are also expensive. If you are open minded there are hundreds of amazing places you can choose around the world instead.

Check out our guide to non-traditional study abroad programs and countries you might want to consider.


1. Thailand

Phi Phi

Beautiful beaches, huge cities and an international mix of tousits and expats - and thousands of travel opportunities to do in your spare time.

Most people don't even realise you can study in Thaiand which makes it the perfect alternative destination - you will make all your friends and family jealous.


2. New Zealand

New Zealand mountains

New Zealand is often overlooked by people heading to Australia but you won't regret the decision to study here. This country is one of the most spectacular in the world, most recently seen in the Lord of the Rings films.


3. Peru

Machu Picchu

Peru is one of the most popular places to take a gap year in South America, but many people do not considered studying here. You really should consider it though as you will get to see amazing places like Machu Picchu!


4. Israel

Haifa Gardens

Looking for a historical destination to live and learn? Consider the ancient country of Israel! A lot of students also combine experience and also volunteer in Israel too.


5. Brazil

Copacabana beach

Brazil is a really up and coming destination to go and study in, with spectacular nature, a vibrant culture and lots of places to choose from. Imagine living in Rio de Janeiro and getting to spend your free time on the beach!


6. Turkey

Istanbul skyline

Turkey is a facsinating country where East meets West, expect tasty food, friendly locals and lots of places to choose including Istanbul. 

Turkey is perfect if you are looking to studying abroad on a budget as you will get great value for money on tuition, accommodation and sightseeing.


7. South Africa

Camps Bay, Cape Town

If you would like to discover a new culture/region of the world consider going to study abroad in Africa and choose South Africa as your destination.

South Africa is an increasing popular country to study and there are courses and highly rated universities in places like Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and Pretoria. There is also the option to combine experiences by volunteering in South Africa too.


8. Hungary

Budapest Danube night

Are you looking to experience a new culture? Hungary could be for you! There are lots of universities in places like Budapest which accept international students. The cost of studying and living here is very cheap compared to other European destinations.


9. Ireland

Temple Bar, Dublin

Ireland is often overlooked by US and international students who usually choose to study abroad in the United Kingdom.

But Ireland is a lot quiter, cheaper and more relaxed compared than the UK. You could get to live in a world famous city like Dublin!


10. Taiwan

Taipei skyline night

If studying abroad in Asia appeals to you then booking a flight to Taiwan might appeal to you.

Expect a clash between old and new with modern cities and a facsinating culture. In Taiwan you can sample new foods and a different way of life.

This isn't the easiest country to get to due to the distance, or the cheapest, but it will be the cultural experience like no other.


Consider Lesser-known Study Abroad Countries

So there you have it. Traditional and iconic cities like London, Paris, Madrid and Sydney are amazing,  but why not consider some of the places featured on our list so you can get a totally unique experience.

There are so many reasons to study abroad, the main thing is you just apply and go embrace the experience. Are you looking to get started? View our study abroad guide today.