What Are the Friendliest Cities for Abroadees?

Abroad 101, the largest study abroad review website, has ranked the friendliest cities for abroadees in 2012. The ranking is based on a survey asking students the question: How many local friends (made while abroad) do you intend to keep in touch with?

Here is the top 10 list:

1. Seoul, South Korea


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2. Hirakata, Japan


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3. Tokyo, Japan


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4. Cape Town, South Africa

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5. Moscow, Russia


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6. Shanghai, China


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7. Cork, Ireland


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8. St. Andrews, United Kingdom


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9. Auckland, New Zealand

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10. Sydney, Australia


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Bear in mind that most students who participated in the survey are probably Americans and that, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post, some programs (e.g. high school programs) offer students a better chance to engage with locals than others (e.g. island programs).

Are you surprised by the results? Which other friendly cities have you studied abroad in?

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3 responses to “What Are the Friendliest Cities for Abroadees?

  1. Pingback: Quais São as Cidades Mais Amigáveis ao Intercambista? | Abroadee·

    • Hi Tracy,
      I’m glad you liked the blog! Thanks for leaving a comment! :)
      Well, in Portugal, I’ve only been to Lisbon and vicinities, but I’d definitely recommend Lisbon. People are really friendly over there.
      In Brazil, there are so many options! People are friendly almost everywhere! lol I’d recommend my hometown (Belo Horizonte). People in my state (Minas Gerais) are known to be very laid-back and friendly. Bahia is also another great state for exchange students! Many Americans have been going to Salvador for exchange programs these days. Salvador is a place full of culture and beauty (and great beaches!) :)
      Are you planning to go to Brazil for an exchange program?
      I’d be more than happy to help you with that. If you have other questions, just send me an email at info@abroadee.com :)

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