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The 9 Most Romantic Places to Study Abroad

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With Valentine’s Day approaching, we thought we’d bring you a rundown of nine of the world’s most romantic places to study abroad. Whether you’re looking for love during your study abroad experience or just want a little romantic charm to fill the coming semesters, discover these nine romantic cities, all guaranteed to win your heart.

Rome

Rome

Undoubtedly among the most romantic cities in which to study in Europe, the Italian capital offers the prospect of spending sunny afternoons sipping espresso in dove-speckled piazzas with your other half. This may be a slightly romanticized version of your study abroad experience (kind of the whole point of this list…), but Rome promises charm and sophistication by the bucket load, as well as the best pasta, pizza and ice cream around. Plenty of consolations if the romance doesn’t work out after all! Rome was ranked joint 65th in the most recent QS Best Student Cities.

Top universities in Rome, based on the QS World University Content® 2018Sapienza University of Rome (215th in the world), Universita degli Studi di Roma – Tor Vergata (461-470*), Università degli Studi Roma Tre (751-800).

Vienna

Vienna

Austrian capital Vienna was ranked 16th in the most recent QS Best Student Cities, and is perfect for skiing couples and history lovers alike. If you’re on a tight student budget, you’ll be pleased to know that a romantic dinner for two in Vienna can cost very little. Tuition fees are also on the low side, making Vienna not only one of the region’s most romantic cities, but also one of the most affordable places to study in Europe. Whether you want to watch couples pass by as you watch the world from a cozy café, or take a date to explore all the famed architectural artifacts and artistic legacies, Vienna is your city.

Top universities in Vienna: University of Vienna (154th in the world), Vienna University of Technology (joint 182nd).

Athens

Athens

Known as the birthplace of academia, Athens is also the home of Eros, the god of love and son of Aphrodite – the counterpart to the Roman figure of Cupid. Like these deities, the city itself holds significant powers of attraction, keeping the senses saturated with dazzling sun, vivid hues, delicious Mediterranean cuisine and a multitude of modern and historic sites to explore. Rekindle flames old or new as you watch the sun set over the iconic Acropolis, and muse on all the great thinkers – and lovers – who’ve visited the same spot before you.

Top universities in Athens: National Technical University of Athens (ranked 401-410 in the world), National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (651-700), Athens University of Economy and Business (801-1000).

Buenos Aires

Buenos Aires

Although you might argue that Buenos Aires is usually associated with passion rather than romance, the Argentinian capital is nonetheless renowned as a city of seduction. It’s not just the famously sensuous tango getting people all het up; the city also offers an eclectic mix of cuisines, cultural sights and natural surroundings. In short, it’s a perfect city to explore with a loved one or even for meetingthat perfect study abroad partner. The city also currently comes in at 42nd in the Best Student Cities.

Top universities in Buenos Aires: Universidad de Buenos Aires (75th in the world), Universidad Austral (joint 331st), Universidad de Belgrano (337th), Pontificia Universidad Católica Argentina Santa María de los Buenos Aires (joint 364th), plus five more universities ranked within the top 1000 in the world.

For more of the top universities in Latin America, see the latest QS Latin America University Content.

Kyoto

Kyoto

A more tranquil alternative to the Japanese capital, Kyoto is one of the most picturesque places to study abroad, especially during the spring and summer months when the city’s historic temples are complemented by an abundance of cherry blossom. Currently ranked 17th among the world’s top cities for students in the QS Best Student Cities alongside nearby cities Osaka and Kobe, Kyoto is widely admired for its historic Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples, as well as its traditional tea ceremonies. Who will you share a cup with?

Top universities in Kyoto: Kyoto University (joint 36th in the world), Ritsumeikan University (801-1000), Doshisha University (801-1000).

Paris

Paris

A constant feature in lists of the world’s most romantic cities, Paris is undoubtedly one of the most amorous places to study in Europe, as well as being a frontrunner in style and sophistication across the board. Indulge in gourmet cuisine and haute couture, or enjoy the simple pleasures in life – grab some bread, cheese and your loved one and stake out a picnic spot close to the Eiffel Tower. With relatively affordable fees and a huge selection of universities, Paris was ranked the world’s second-best city for students in the latest QS Best Student Cities.

Top universities in Paris: ENS Paris (43rd in the world), Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech (59th), Université Pierre et Marie Curie (131st), Université Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV) (joint 293rd). For more top universities in Paris, see this article

New York City

New York City

What could be more romantic than road-side pretzels, glistening skylines and honking taxis? Although you might not think of New York as one of the world’s most romantic cities, anyone who spends much time here is bound to end up falling in love with the place. The city’s diverse array of cultural venues and distinctive neighborhoods means that whatever your interests, you’re guaranteed to find a likeminded soul. To add to the attraction for students, New York also boasts one of the world’s most impressive selections of internationally ranked universities. Whether it’s love at first sight or a slow-burning affair, NYC wins every heart in the end.

Top universities in New York: Columbia University (18th in the world), New York University  (52nd), Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick (joint 283rd). For more top universities in New York, see this article.

Prague

Prague

A city of pretty archways, medieval architecture and vibrant nightlife, Prague is definitely another of the most romantic places to study in Europe. The Czech capital offers many charms comparable to those of Paris – beautiful riverside views, world-renowned art, great food and drink – as well as an even more attractive price tag. Wander the historic cobblestoned streets arm in arm and find your own favorite among the city’s many cozy places to eat and drink. Regardless of how long your romance lasts, Prague promises to keep offering new delights.

Top universities in Prague: Charles University (joint 314th in the world), Czech Technical University in Prague (491-500), University of Economics, Prague (too specialized for an overall ranking).

Istanbul

Istanbul

Finally, Turkey’s Istanbul is the perfect place to study for loved-up explorers, ready to combine the vibrant life and bustle of the city center with opportunities for quieter quality time together. Escape from the busy streets by visiting the islands just off the city’s shores, or spend a special moment together soaking in a dazzling sunset across the seascape. Istanbul’s vibrant culture and centuries of historic architecture provide two more reasons to fall in love with the place, from the all-round sensory immersion of the spice market to the luxury-laden Topkapi Palace.

Top universities in Istanbul: Koc University (431-440), Bogazici University (491-500 in the world), Istanbul Technical University (601-650), Istanbul University (801-1000).

This article was originally published in February 2015. It was last updated in February 2018 to incorporate the latest rankings results.

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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Hello, it's Dahlia. I'm Egyptian and i study business (Accounting and finance major) in the AAST in Egypt and i want to do my master's abroad when i'm done by college next year, any help?

Hi madam,
I am perceiving my diploma in mechanical engineering it my 3rd year (last year) from Mumbai university (India) .
For further studies like bachelor in mechanical engineering I need to study abroad like in Germany or US with the help of scholarship.
I need a guidance how to apply and what procedure should I follow.

Hi Amit, please take a look at our complete guides on studying in the US and Germany, which both contain lots of advice on admission requirements and how to apply. We also have lists of scholarships to study in the US and Germany (bachelor's level tuition is free at public universities in Germany, but you might be able to find a scholarship to help with living costs). Hope this helps!