Studying abroad is a big decision to make and for many, finding the right study abroad destination is about meeting several criteria. One of the most important of these is finding somewhere that feels safe. It’s a decision that can change your life forever, so making the right choice is important. Prospective students and parents are often both nervous about studying abroad for many reasons; culture shock and having enough money are two other common concerns.
Whilst the world is becoming a safer place all the time, there are some countries that are safer than others. This is a list of peaceful countries, as founded by the 2012 Global Peace Index. We’ve excluded smaller countries to bring you this list of the top five safest places to study abroad.
We’ve put Denmark top of our list for it’s friendly people, safe communities and low crime rate. It’s not just somewhere to go to stay safe though, with thriving cities and idyllic landscapes, it’s easy to see why so many people choose Denmark as their study abroad destination. Danish education is innovative and qualifications are recognised worldwide, providing you with an excellent foundation for your future career.
Get more information about studying in Denmark in our Study in Europe directory.
2. New Zealand
New Zealand is a great place to study abroad; just last month we put it 7th on our list of the Best Study Abroad Destinations for 2013. It’s also a really safe place with very low crime rates. The international student population has really grown in recent years in New Zealand and is now one of the most popular places to study abroad. Combined with great research that is being carried out by the universities, New Zealand is placing itself firmly on the map of study abroad destinations!
Get more information on studying in New Zealand.
Canada is one of the most peaceful countries on the planet, with calming vistas and relaxing landscapes to match. We placed Canada second on our list of the Best Study Abroad Destinations for 2013 for its excellent education and diversity and we’re putting it on this list at number 3. Canada then, is surely the place to study abroad; it really does have something for everyone and is almost impossible to dislike.
Find out what it’s like to study abroad in Canada.
A country that has had its fair share of violent history, Japan is now a peaceful country that is the perfect place to study. Explore Japan’s rich culture and heritage in Tokyo amongst the 30 million people living there, or escape to the tranquil gardens that surround its cities. The Japanese hold communities in high regard, making the country very safe and accepting. Japan is also amongst the most technically advanced nations in the world, perfect for those wanting to study engineering, technology or science.
Get more information and find out what it’s like to study abroad in Japan.
Finishing off our list is Ireland. The country is renowned for its welcoming population, so it’s no surprise that it features on our list of safe places study. It’s a small country, that has a big heart and with 9 higher education institutions to choose from, there’s bound to be a course to suit undergraduates and postgraduates alike. Rated as the friendliest country in the world (twice), Ireland is a safe place to study abroad, that provides excellent education in an English speaking environment.
See our dedicated page to studying in Ireland for more information.
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