There are so many places I want to visit and experience -- how do I choose where to study abroad?

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Try and think about choosing a place that you probably would never visit under other circumstances. I was trying to choose between London and Australia when I went abroad, and eventually chose Australia because it's one of those places that I will probably never go visit again because of cost & distance, but I will probably visit London at some point in my life.
Go somewhere that you won't have a language barrier or that you are down to learn the language, and also a place that will give you a great cultural experience and give you tons of great food and pictures! Honestly, any place that you choose will be great, but really look into the programs and what they offer to help you decide.
I would say that Europe is your best bet. There are so many countries that are just a few hours away from each other that you can go to while studying there. All of these countries are so different too. It's easy to get around from country to country. If you have not traveled before, Europe is the best place to start.
I believe that if you want to visit as many places as possible, definitely study abroad in Europe. You really can't go wrong with any of the places in Europe because there are cheap flights going to and from so many countries. I would personally choose Italy because there is so much to explore within Italy itself, but Spain, London, Prague, France, etc. are all good choices as well! I would base your decision off of comfort (i.e. maybe choose London because there isn't as much of a language barrier) or base your decision off of miscellaneous things (i.e. food).
If being abroad is the most important thing and you could be perfectly happy studying in almost any country, then choose the program that best suits you! If you would be happy in Italy or Spain, but only the campus in Italy offers that winery course that you are really interested in, you've got to go to Italy. You have to make the most out of your time abroad for your studies too.
Choosing where to study is definitely the hardest choice. I would first think about whether you know a foreign language or if you're interested in learning a particular one. I would also ask your study abroad office if they have any specific programs in your field or where people in your field often go to study. Think about whether or not you're looking to travel a lot while you're there. If you want to experience a lot of different cultures in a small amount of time, Europe might be the place for you! If that hasn't helped yet, think about what food you like and what food you'd be okay with eating for a few months.

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