Students looking to study abroad and learn Spanish at the same time should definitely consider the many countries of South America. The unique continent can be an affordable place to live and learn and is quite close to the United States. Along with inexpensive accommodations, meals and nightlife, South America also offers a great climate, fun local population and great scenery.
If you are thinking about studying abroad consider these four amazing destinations in South America:
Peru is an ideal place for students to set off on a study abroad adventure. The country has a unique blend of colonial history and architecture as well as a rich heritage thanks to the Inca people who called Peru their home. The country also has a great relationship with the United States which is a benefit for students coming from America. There are many fascinating historical landmarks and ancient ruins around the country to explore. Most international students will end up in the capital city of Lima where there are several large universities.
This unique destination ranges significantly in terrain and climate depending on where in the country you are. The thin ribbon of land stretches North to South along much of the Western coast of South America. The country boasts archeological ruins and breathtaking natural scenery. The two major cities are Santiago de Chile and Concepcion, both of which boast multiple large universities that host students from around the world. These modern cities boast shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and other conveniences but include the added culture of South America.
This is the perfect place for college students to get a taste of local culture and heritage which brushing up on Spanish. The large size means that it is possible to be in the desert, the mountains, a tropical beach or even a dense jungle all within a few days time. Buenos Aires is the large capital city that boasts contemporary architecture, a liberal population, convenient public transportation for students, incredible wine and a large expatriate community for those looking to learn the language.
Unlike most other countries in South America, the people of Brazil speak Portuguese. This means that many students study in Brazil to master the native tongue. Aside from language, the country has a lot to offer students studying abroad. Brazil has a fascinating and vibrant culture as well as a pleasant climate. Enjoy some of the world’s best beaches along the coast as well as dense tropical rainforests in the interior of the country. Most visitors know about Rio de Janeiro because of the infamous Carnival celebrations each year, but many students will end up in the capital city of Brasilia thanks to the large number of universities and language schools located within the city.
Deciding to study abroad as a college student can be a serious decision. Give some thought to each of these amazing destinations in South America before making your final choice.