Here you are…….. trying to figure out the best romantic cities to study abroad. But, you should focus more on finding the right university for your course and profile. Why are you reading this post? You are wasting your time.
Wait! Who said that you shouldn’t think about love and relationship when you are a student. C’mon… the student life (Undergrad or Postgrad) is the best time to fall in love and get into a relationship. It’s absolutely normal to develop a crush on someone during your student life. Statistically, the majority of people get into a relationship during their undergraduate or postgraduate studies.
Life can get too busy once you step into the professional world. Besides, you will meet more people from the opposite gender during your student life. More importantly, it is much easier to ask your classmate (or someone from a different class) out on a date, rather than asking your colleague (even from another department).
Study abroad is a lifetime experience. The same goes for a romantic relationship. What if you get the opportunity to combine these two experiences at the same time. Aha, Jackpot!!! It doesn’t matter if you get hooked up with someone from your country or a different country. Chances are high for both cases. Study abroad can be challenging. So, it might be better if you have someone who is more than a friend while studying abroad; although not guaranteed.
Well, you can find that special someone at any phase of your life, and at any place. But, sometimes the situation and the surroundings play a significant part. It’s much more easy to feel romantic while listening to a soft melodious track, rather than listening to a hard rock number. Likewise, you might feel more attracted to someone while you are on a beach or pub. You might not get that feeling while walking on a busy high street.
At the same time, you should not compromise on the other factors – the quality of education, safety, and culture of the city. There is no point in moving to an exotic city in a foreign country and studying at a crap institute. You need to balance it out.
So, let’s have a look at the best romantic cities to study abroad.
12 Best Romantic Cities to Study Abroad
Amsterdam is not often at the top of this list. But, Amsterdam is truly a romantic city.
The city has more canals than Venice and a lot of cozy cafes & restaurants. It has around 1,200 bridges and the city is surrounded by nature and parks, with more than 1,2 million trees where you can enjoy a picnic with your loved one.
Some of the top universities are the University of Amsterdam and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Additionally, other top universities like Utrecht University, Leiden University, Maastricht University, TU Delft, Erasmus University, etc. are also very close to Amsterdam.
Vancouver is one of the Top 15 student cities in the world. It is safe, cosmopolitan, and very multi-cultural. There are two reputed universities – University of British Columbia (one of the best in the world) and Simon Fraser University (features among the Top 250 universities in the world). Besides, there are also few excellent community colleges in and around Vancouver – Vancouver Community College, Langara College.
Whether you are in the city or outskirts, Vancouver has a lot to offer to international students. You will meet people from all over the world. The nearby Grouse, Seymour, and Cypress mountains provide more than just a beautiful backdrop to the city. They are also popular destinations for snowsports. You are never too far from the exotic and happening outdoors – beaches, forests, and stunning mountains are all within easy reach.
There are several large beaches in Vancouver, including the urban and picturesque English Bay and Kitsilano Beach. The city has also got an array of brilliant nightlife, theaters, and music. Last but not the least; the weather is also milder than some of the other Canadian cities. So, it won’t be too hard to fall in love with someone in one of the most loved cities in Canada.
10. San Diego
The Californian pick is among the best student cities in the US, and also in the world. The city is referred to as “America’s Finest City”, and there are obvious reasons for that. San Diego is one of the most happening cities in the US and has 113km of unspoiled coastline to enjoy, ranging from rocky coves to attractive surfing spots. The city is also famous for being called “America’s craft beer capital ”.
Another unique feature is that the city has got a unique mix of American and Mexican cultures. Friendly neighborhoods, exotic beaches, a range of outdoor activities, a wide range of cuisines, restaurants make San Diego an ultimate destination to hang around and meet your future life partner. Some of the top universities in San Diego are University of California San Diego, San Diego State University and the University of San Deigo. Due to the presence of some top-notch research institutes, the city is a great location for biotechnology.
Now let’s move to Europe from North America. Europe has always been a very romantic place. But, there are few exceptional cities. Zurich is one of the safest, most beautiful and best student cities in the world. A posh and prominent international hub, Zurich is home to several of the highest-ranked institutes in the world, along with a very high percentage of international students.
ETH Zurich, University of Zurich, Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Zurich University of the Arts are some of the well-renowned institutes. Besides, Zurich is a global hub for biotechnology, instrumentation engineering, food technology, pharmaceuticals, banking, and finance.
It’s tough to beat Zurich when it comes to natural beauty and landscape. Picturesque lakes, stunning Swiss Alps, and historical cities are ultimate destinations for love-birds from all around the world. So, just imagine how it will be if you do your full-time studies from Zurich. Zurich is very well connected with other major European cities. So, you can do even a day-trip to another European city with your partner.
The cosmopolitan and colorful Spanish city is a dream for any international student. It has got a rich historical heritage and has also got some of the best institutes in the world. ESADE, IESE Business School, University of Barcelona, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, IRB Barcelona, Pompeu Fabra University, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Barcelona Graduate School of Economics, EAE Business School are some of the finest and most prestigious institutes in Europe.
Barcelona is world-famous for providing the most appealing environments to live, study and fall in love. The city offers sunny weather, beaches, cuisines, artistic grandeur, cosmopolitan culture, vibrant party atmosphere, and backdrop mountains. Barcelona offers one of Europe’s most appealing environments in which to live and study – sunny climate, beaches, renowned cuisine, a rich artistic and cultural legacy, cosmopolitan city center and of course, a legendary party scene.
The city itself is very easy to fall in love with. Some of the top romantic spots in Barcelona are La Sagrada Familia, Quimet Y Quiment, Barcelona Pipa Club, La Fianna, Can Marti, Montserrat, and Sitges. Barcelona is one of the dream destinations for any couple. So, there is nothing better than studying abroad in Barcelona.
Sydney is one of the top 5 student cities in the world. It is one of the safest and best places to live in. Sydney is also the economic and financial hub of Australia. More importantly, the city has got some of the globally top-ranked and reputed universities like University of Sydney, The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Macquarie University and the University of Technology Sydney (UTS).
Sydney is culturally diverse, friendly, laid back and beautiful. Multi-cuisine restaurants, skyscrapers, exotic beaches, happening pubs & nightclubs, stunning harbor, iconic opera house, large green parks within the city are among the most paradisiacal not just in Australia but anywhere in the world. Sydney has been ranked as one of the top 10 cities in the world to live (Mercer and The Economist). So, it would be even better to live there with your loved one.
Rome is among the most romantic cities on the planet. It is also one of the best places to study in Europe. Some of the top universities in Rome are Sapienza University of Rome and Universita degli Studi di Roma – Tor Vergata. Some of the famous and exciting spots are the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, the Pantheon, the Forum, the Spanish Steps, the catacombs, Stadio Flaminio, Olympic Stadium. Even walking around the city is amazingly romantic. The Italian Capital is truly unique because of its culture, beauty, history and relaxed atmosphere.
Now it’s turn for the Austrian capital. Vienna is one of the most historical places in Europe. Vienna features among the top 20 student cities in the world, and a perfect place for romantic couples. Vienna is not only one of the most romantic cities, but also among the most affordable places to study in Europe – low or no tuition fees for international students. Some of the top institutes in Vienna are the University of Vienna, Technical University of Vienna, Medical University of Vienna, Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, University of Applied Arts Vienna, CeMM, Vienna Biocenter.
Cozy cafes, architectural artifacts, and artistic legacies are just too romantic for any international student. It’s almost impossible to live in Vienna and stay indifferent to its eternal charm, beauty in all possible forms, and the relaxed lifestyle.
Besides being a perfect student city, Dublin is also very charming and romantic. Friendly locals, picturesque outdoors and top-ranked universities make Dublin an ultimate destination for study abroad. Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin are the grandest. The Dublin Bay, Drury Street, Bloom Brasserie, Sabor Brazil, Gravity Bar, The Spire, Croke Park, Wicklow Mountains, Phoenix Park, Toners are some of the best places to be around with your loved ones (and even to find one).
Besides being a popular destination for international students, Dublin is also home to the EMEA headquarters of the Technology giants like Google, Facebook, LinkedIn, Apple, Twitter, Microsoft, etc. Read more on Ireland’s announcement of two-year stay back for international students.
London is a great combination of academic excellence, cosmopolitan lifestyle, rich history, and imperial beauty. More importantly, some of the best universities in the world are located in London. The top ones are Imperial College London, University College London (UCL), London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), King’s College London, University of Arts London, Royal College of Art.
London is the place to be if you are career-oriented. At the same time, London has its own flair of being a romantic place to live in. The South Bank is a perfect place for the first date, as it offers a little bit of everything, including sights, restaurants, book sales, museums and ample opportunities for people watching. Similar romantic spots are Hyde Park, Hampstead Heath, St. Pancras, Connaught Bar, Greenwich Park etc. Whether you want to go on a long romantic walk, a cozy dine-out or outdoor activity, London has got everything for you.
2. New York
People call it “The Big Apple”, “The City That Never Sleeps”, and sometimes “Capital of the World”. New York is among the best 20 student cities and hosts some of the best universities in the world – Columbia University, Cornell University, New York University (NYU), Rutgers – The State University of New Jersey, City University of New York, Fordham University.
New York City provides a unique flavor of romance. The road-side pretzels, glistening skylines, and honking taxis are some of the most romantic things in New York. A little bit offbeat like London because New York is not one of those traditional romantic cities like Rome or Vienna. If you spend time in New York, you are bound to end up falling in love with the place. The diverse array of venues, multicultural atmosphere, vibrant lifestyle provide you a guarantee to find a like-minded soul.
The French capital is an eternal romantic place. Be it study abroad or any other activity, Paris is undoubtedly the most romantic city in the world. Paris is a frontrunner in art, style, and sophistication. The city streets, cafes, museums and the green space in front of the iconic Eiffel Tower are some of the most romantic places on the planet. HEC Paris, INSEAD, ESCP Europe, ENS Paris, ParisTech, Sciences Po Paris, Universite Pierre at Marie Curie, Universite Paris-Sorbonne are some of the world-leading institutes.
Paris has got a rich academic heritage. The universities are particularly known for their excellence in science and humanities. INSEAD and HEC Paris are two of the best Business Schools in the world. ENS Paris boasts an alumni community that includes 13 Nobel Prize winners, as well as all eight French Fields Medals winners – the most coveted prize for young mathematicians. Small classes, intense teaching system, and low tuition fees are some of the big attractions for international students.
These are my picks. There are many other romantic cities to study abroad that I have not listed here. Moreover, if you find the right program, right university and the right person – any city will be romantic for you.
Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂