The Friendliest Cities to Study Abroad In

Collected from over 16,000 reviews on Abroad101, we looked at how many local friends our reviewers said they made in their time abroad, and if they intended to stay in touch once they returned home. Based on that, the following are what we deemed the friendliest cities!

#1)  Seoul, South Korea

With 80,000 fans at this country’s K-Pop mega-star’s concert, chances are you’d likely gain a new friend or two…or hundreds. As a former ESL teacher in Korea, I was not surprised when Seoul topped our list of the most friendliest cities to study abroad. Korea is known for both their warm hospitality…and their love of foreigners. This bodes well for the increasing number of students venturing to this dynamic and innovative country looking to befriend the locals for their up-to-date style trends and spicy taste buds, allowing them to truly get to know this Seoul-ful city. Continue reading

The Top 10 Most Livable Cities of 2012

Want to live like a local where ever you go?  16,000 students on Abroad101 ranked destinations based on how easily they could integrate into daily life.  Will Cox gives us the run down on the list below for the world’s most welcoming study abroad cities of 2012; you’ll be sure to get acclimated in no time!

1. Melbourne, Australia

With a mix of big city culture and small town pleasantries, the second largest city in Australia provides easily accessible routes into all things uniquely Australian. From Australian rules football to Aboriginal music and dance, there are constant opportunities to live the life down-under.

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The London School of Economics- Rich & Rigorous!

Want to study abroad in an academically rigorous and culturally rich program?  The London School of Economics is for you!  Receiving high marks in both academics and culture, with a 4.3/5 star rating overall on Abroad101, this reputable program is not to be missed!

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Abroad101’s 2012 Study Abroad Rankings are Out!

Abroad101 Releases 2nd Annual Study Abroad Rankings, Presented by STA Travel

16,000+ Student Reviews Reveal Highest Rated Study Abroad Programs in Academics, Language, Budget & More

Abroad101, the leading study abroad review website, released its 2nd annual study abroad rankings in partnership with STA Travel, the premier youth travel expert enabling students to travel the world.  The rankings compiled evaluations from students at over 200 US universities to highlight leading international education programs.

The 2012 rankings honor the highest-rated study abroad programs and locations by American students who have studied abroad. Students complete thorough online evaluations hosted by Abroad101 with both quantitative and qualitative responses. With a database of over 16,000 evaluations and 800,000 individual data points, the Abroad101 rankings provide a snapshot of student opinion on study abroad programs.

The 2012 Top 10 highest rated programs provide a wide range of geographical and disciplinary variety. The list has programs in traditional study abroad hotspots such as France, Italy, Spain, and Australia, but also features programs in China, Costa Rica, and Greece. Abroad101 is proud to announce the student-selected Top 10 Study Abroad Programs for 2012:

The Abroad101 2012 Top 10 Study Abroad Programs

1. CEA: Aix-en-Provence (Aix-en-Provence, France)

2. Sant’Anna Institute – Sorrento Lingue (Sorrento, Italy)

3. IES Abroad: Beijing Foreign Studies University (Beijing, China)

4. The Education Abroad Network: University of New South Wales & University of Sydney (Sydney, Australia)

5. University of Indianapolis: Odyssey in Athens (Athens, Greece)

6. The Education Abroad Network: Bond University (Gold Coast, Australia)

7. Semester at Sea (Travelling – 12 countries)

8. AIFS: Richmond in Florence (Florence, Italy)

9. AIFS: University of Salamanca (Salamanca, Spain)

10. Sol Education Abroad: Latin University of Costa Rica (Heredia, Costa Rica)

In addition to the highest rated overall programs, Abroad101 is also releasing ten additional categories for leading study abroad programs and destinations. The top programs and descriptions for the following categories are available at

Top Academic Programs

Top Short-Term Programs

Top Program Providers

Top Programs for Language Learning

Top Science & Math Programs

Top Non-Traditional Countries (with Featured Programs)

Friendliest Cities

Most Livable Cities

Top Budget-Friendly Countries

Top Foodie Cities


“Abroad101 is leading the field in helping students make informed decisions about their international education,” says Mike Stone, President and Co-Founder of Abroad101. “Nearly 25% of university study abroad offices use our free feedback collection tool and these rankings are the result of thousands of students sharing their experiences with the world. We are thrilled to analyze trends in our data to highlight programs that students truly value.”

Abroad101 has partnered with STA Travel, a universally recognized travel leader and invaluable resource for student budget travel, to present this year’s rankings.

Quote from Adam Cooper, Director of Development at STA Travel:

“We at STA Travel are committed to study abroad and these rankings help students who are starting out on their search disseminate information and narrow down their choices. This comprehensive list gives students, parents and Universities alike an inside look into what’s new for study abroad and all the top notch study abroad options.”

Abroad101’s 2012 Study Abroad Rankings can be viewed at:


About Abroad101:

Abroad101 is the world’s first, largest, and fastest growing study abroad review website. Founded in 2007 by Tufts, Harvard, and MIT graduates, Abroad101’s mission is to promote global citizenship by fostering the most meaningful study abroad experience for all students through technology innovation in international education. Abroad101 empowers universities with its free market-leading online evaluation tool, has awarded $85,000 worth of scholarshipsthroughinnovativecontests, and provides an advertising and student recruitment platform for global program providers. Abroad101 is a 2010 winner of the MassChallenge Global startup competition. To learn more, visit

About STA Travel:

STA Travel is the youth travel expert enabling students and young adults to explore the world by creating experiences filled with adventure, discovery and personal growth. They offer a unique range of products with exclusive discounts on airfare, accommodations, tours, rail passes and more. Globally, STA Travel is present in 90 countries with 400 retail locations, sending more than 6 million travelers away each year. To learn more, visit

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