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We’ve all heard of Paris, Berlin, Rio de Janeiro, and Shanghai, but what about the slightly smaller, less touristy cities of the world? Break away from the norm and study in a “second city.” Transportation and the cost of living tend to be lower outside the biggest, most touristy cities, which means you don’t have to break the bank.

Attend the Programs Abroad Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, October 10, in Hodges Library to start your search.

Instead of London…Consider Manchester

Bruce Boles (right), Civil Engineering major, studied at the University of Manchester during spring 2018.

London is one of the top study abroad cities in the world, and it’s not hard to see why with its culture, nightlife, and educational opportunities. However, it also has an extremely high cost of living.

Manchester, on the other hand, is one of the friendliest cities in the world with activities to suit every lifestyle and has a nice, culturally diverse city center that’s easy to enjoy on a student budget.

Explore studying abroad in Manchester.

“One of the best things about this city is how many people ride their bike.” Bruce Boles

Instead of Barcelona…Consider Granada

Barcelona, situated on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, is one of the most popular study abroad destinations. Set yourself apart from the crowd and consider a program in Granada. Nestled among the Sierra Nevada mountains, Granada has plenty of culture as a city filled with castles and fascinating medieval Moorish heritage. It’s also a student-friendly town thanks to the prestigious University of Granada.

Experience studying abroad in Granada.

Instead of Florence…Consider Milan

Faculty-directed program, UTK Material Science in Milan, students in summer 2017.

More modern than other Italian cities, Milan is one of the top international centers for fashion, finance, and commerce. It’s perfect for students interested in a faster-paced city and easy access to other European cities. Don’t fret! You’ll still have the opportunity to experience classic Italian style as Milan is home to cultural delights such as da Vinci’s Last Supper.

Engage in programs in Milan.

Instead of Santiago…consider Valparaiso

Brooke Ballard, Chemical Engineering major and Hispanic Studies minor, studying in Valparaiso, Chile during fall 2018.

Chile’s capital and largest city may be the most well-known, but its neighbor to the northwest, Valparaiso, offers more for the everyday student.

Home to seven universities and situated right on the Pacific Ocean, “Valpo” is lively, hip, artsy, and inspiring. Its culture comes through its architecture, style, street art, night life, music, and food, all of which fit perfectly for a college student’s budget.

Explore programs in Valparaiso.

Instead of Sydney…Consider Auckland

Laura Robinson, Marketing major, studied abroad with in Auckland, New Zealand during the 2018-2019 academic year.

Going Down Under to study abroad is a great choice, and many students are drawn to the capital of Australia due to its warm weather and cultural opportunities. For a different experience, consider Auckland, New Zealand. Explore the great outdoors, learn about Maori culture, and do much more outside the classroom in this intimate city.

Discover programs in Auckland.

See our website for specific scholarship opportunities for New Zealand!

Instead of Tokyo…Consider Nagasaki

Student Matthew Maynard in Japan during summer 2018.

Japanese culture is infinitely fascinating, so we don’t blame you if Tokyo is on your list as a potential study abroad city.

The capital city definitely has a unique personality but is simultaneously overwhelming and expensive. Nagasaki, a western, coastal city, might be a better choice for you with its slower pace and opportunities to explore Japanese culture more deeply.

Check out Nagasaki.

See our website for specific scholarships available for education abroad programs in Asia and Japan!

Wherever you choose to study abroad, we have no doubt it will be an unforgettable experience. Just keep an open mind in the process because you might discover an unexpected fit that is perfect for you!

Ready? Discover UT’s education abroad programs now! Don’t forget to check out scholarship information too.