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What are the friendliest cities for abroadees?

By on April 24, 2013 in Study Abroad with 3 Comments

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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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About the Author: Juliana Selem é globalista por formação (UCLA) e viajante por opção. Brasileira, casada com um argentino, ela vive nos Estados Unidos há 6 anos. Já morou em 5 países e ama se inserir em diferentes culturas até se sentir como uma residente local. Para saber mais sobre a Juliana, clique aqui. Conecte-se com ela no Twitter, G+, Instagram ou Facebook. .


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