For some, study abroad is an opportunity to learn a new language. Other students get excited by the unique cuisine, architecture, or the history of a city. And then there’s another group entirely—the adventure seeker. This traveler hungers for challenging terrain to tackle, fears no outdoor activity, and loves a good thrill.
Are you ready to get your adrenaline rush on? Here are the five best places to study abroad for the adventurer.
1. Sydney, Australia
With more adventure parks than you can count on two hands, you could say that study abroad in Sydney is basically synonymous with “adventure.” Whether you choose to direct enroll at one of our three partner universities or have a summer internship abroad, there’ll be more exhilarating outdoor activities than you can fit into your stay. Tour the magnificent Blue Mountains (and the incredible Jenolan Caves), hike at Royal National Park, snorkel at the Great Barrier Reef, surf at Bondi Beach, or take it easy with the critters at the Taronga Zoo.
P.S. Check out this video, Thank You Australia, from a former Sydney student to get a taste of life in the outback, or read up on this student-made list of adventurous activities you can try your hand at, too!
2. Christchurch, New Zealand
A bit less boisterous than Sydney, but with the same amount of spectacular outdoor opportunities is Christchurch, New Zealand. When you study abroad in New Zealand and direct enroll at the University of Canterbury, it’ll be normal to go from class straight to outdoor activities, such as skiing, surfing, mountain biking, swimming, and white-water rafting. And when you need a day off from adventuring, you’ll have one of the most beautiful backdrops in the world to relax in.
3. Cape Town, South Africa
No adventure list is complete without Cape Town on it. From Table Mountain to Lion’s Head to Boulder Beach (with its impressive population of wild penguins), there’s no limit to the hiking, exploring, safari-ing, and swimming you’ll do during your time in Africa’s second most populous city. Study abroad in Cape Town and make this adventure-laden land your new home.
Psst! Check out this student video for a jaw dropping glimpse of life abroad in Cape Town.
4. Buenos Aires, Argentina
Argentina, which spans 3,000 miles down the edge of South America, is ripe with lush subtropical jungle, vast grasslands, and the Sub-Antarctic Patagonia. With such a diverse eco-system, the activities this country offers are limitless—only to be defined by you! Bike through the city, visit Iguazu Falls, hang at the beach, play with some llamas, kayak, ski, or hike your heart out. Whatever kind of adventure you seek, when you study abroad in Buenos Aires you’ll be sure to find it.
5. Galápagos Islands, Ecuador
More than 3.5 million years old, the Galápagos Islands are brimming with unique adventures and activities when you study abroad in Ecuador. Imagine trekking through the Amazon Rainforest, spending two nights in the Maquipucuna Cloud Forest, or scuba-diving in one of the marine coasts. You’re living on a volcano-covered island and spending afternoons studying iguanas and turtles larger than you’ve ever seen. If that doesn’t thrill you, we don’t know what will!
These are the top five study abroad cities for the adventurer, but we know there’s other things that may make a program perfect for you. Check out more of the best places to study abroad based on your other interests to narrow down your search!