So you got into the college of your dreams. Check. You finally decided on your major. Check. But now it's time to decide where you want to study abroad. While you probably can't pick incorrectly, as there is something great about every city, here are a few things to keep in mind as you choose your study abroad destination.
1. Do you want to live in a city where you will experience culture shock (think Cape Town)? Or, would you rather live in a city that reminds you of home (think London) and immerse yourself in various cultures when traveling on the weekends?
2. Be honest about your language skills. While many cities and study abroad programs are accommodating to students who don't speak the native language, consider what kind of experience you want. For instance, an American student studying in Scotland will have a different experience than a student studying in Vienna. Be sure to look into what countries have large English-speaking populations even if English is not the national language.
3. The scene. Do you want an abroad experience with different clubs, bars, and wild nights out? While each city will have night-life for those who want it, be sure to consider what you want to do on a Saturday night as you choose your destination.
4. Price. Pay attention to the cost of living. Based on currency, some cities are much more expensive than others.
5. Weather. Do you prefer hot or cold climates? Be sure to consider the semester and corresponding temperature as you pick your study abroad destination.