8 Entertaining Youtube Shows

8 Entertaining Youtube Shows

Sometimes, you just need to wind down.

Today, with the ever-growing power of technology, cable tv is becoming increasingly irrelevant. In fact, with the widespread accessibility of mobile and desktop technology, streaming video of the internet has never been in such prominence. With over a billion users with and thousands (and thousands) of popular channels, Youtube’s popularity is sky high – and there’s a good reason for that; there’s something on Youtube for just about everyone! With that in mind, we’ve taken this opportunity to create a list of 8 awesome entertaining youtube channels for next time you’re surfing the web:

 

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

American/ World politics meet celShowties, great music, and satirical humour, with the Late show with Stephen Colbert. Watch his rant (and maybe Jon Stewart crash it) on just about anything, and guaranteed you’ll have a new favorite.

 

First we Feast

Home to the popular Youtube show Hot Ones, First we Feast is perfect whether you’re into food or awesome interviews with celebrities from across all industries. Whether it’s Neil Degrasse Tyson or Logic, there’s something awesome about watching celebs eat hot wings while answering well-crafted interview questions.

 

Kurzgesagt

Answering all your pressing questions about ~everything~ from alien life to making things explode with science, this channel is perfect for anyone with the yearn to learn!

 

Vogue 73 Questions

Watch while some of your favorite fashion icons, models, and celebrities sit down for a unique series of 73 questions with Vogue. Some recent guests include Kendall Jenner, James Corden, and even characters such as (everyone’s favorite) Derek Zoolander.  

 

Sci Show

You’re never too old to learn! Join brothers Hank and John Green (the author) as they answer all sorts of scientific questions; from every-day questions to the world’s interesting phenomenon and busting science myths- these brothers are on it. You won’t regret joining this bandwagon; SciShow is also incredibly entertaining.

 

Vice

Curiosity meets it’s match on Vice’s youtube channel. These short docu-series are impossible to walk away from and are sure to leave you with all sorts of emotions. The channel features controversial and investigative topics regarding situations all over the world. From comparing different countries’ educational systems to enlightening you on the secretive world of Chinese gangsters; Vice will have you begging to learn more.

 

Ted

Spreading ideas in the form of short powerful talks- that’s Ted for you. Ted began as a conference where technology meets design and entertainment, but today covers almost all topics- from global affairs to science, to business –  in over 100 different languages!

 

Buzzfeed

Arguably the internet’s content kings (or queens), Buzzfeed is an internet media company that focuses on social news and entertainment. They focus on digital media and technology, while bringing “the most shareable breaking news, original reporting, entertainment, and video”, and place much prominence on viral content- their own and others. Their youtube channel is filled with hilarious videos relevant to us 20-somethings (and everyone else), from “truths only tall people understand”, to “if cats told you what they were thinking” there’s some seriously great content on this channel.   

 

What are your go-to Youtube shows? Share your favorites with us in the comment section below – they just might end up on our next list!

 

 

7 New Years Resolution Ideas

7 New Years Resolution Ideas

New year, new me.

With New Years celebrations coming to an end, it’s time to look into the future. The new year is a chance to reinvent yourself and hold yourself to new standards. Need some ideas on where to begin? We put together a list of our top 7 favorite resolutions that are sure to get you into the right groove for 2018.

 

Eat Healthily

Ok, this may be a classic, but eating healthy will help you sleep better, work harder, and feel better!

 

Hit the Gym

It may be another classic but just think of that beach body.

Make and Stick To a Study Schedule

Your grades will thank you later.

 

Budget

Because spending all your money and being left with $0.37 for two weeks is so last year.

 

Get Involved with a Charity 

It’s never too early in your life to start giving back.

 

Keep in Touch with Friends and Family 

They will be more than happy to hear from you.

 

Get More Sleep

Similarily to eating healthy, getting more sleep is sure to positively affect all aspects of your life from school to health.

 

What are your new year resolutions? Share your pacts for 2018 in the comment section below.

12 Practical Tips for Self-Improvement

12 Practical Tips for Self-Improvement

Getting better all the time.

As a new semester begins, many students are quickly realizing it’s time to step their game up for the second half of the year. Self-improvement, although often desired, can be incredibly hard to achieve. To facilitate the beginning steps of this process, we’ve crafted a list of 12 simple ways to begin the process of self-improvement – no matter the area you’re looking to ameliorate:

 

Organize by priority not urgency.

Take care of your body: maintain a solid sleep schedule and try to eat healthily and exercise regularly.

 

Set long-term and short-term specific goals.

 

Walk away from poisonous situations – and have the power to de-escalate when you\re angry.

 

Think of the bigger picture- and change your mindset if needed (it’s okay to decide you like a paradigm better than the one previously subscribed to).

 

Figure out what makes you happy in life, and act from there.

 

Don’t make excuses for yourself- own up to your mistakes and issues, and ask yourself the important questions corresponding to the mistakes such as figuring out why you decided to act a certain way.

 

Learn to create a monthly, bi-weekly, or yearly budget: creating this habit now will only do positive in the future and aid in feeling like you have control over your life and finances (even when you’re on the student life).

 

Take good care of yourself and your personal hygiene– this will make you feel not only good but also give you a boost of confidence (even if it’s just getting someone to do your eyebrows and sitting through a white strip session).

 

Keep a Ta-da list of things you’ve accomplished- this will motivate you to add more accomplishments, and can even lead to building your portfolio (of any sort).

 

Don’t compare yourself to others– this will only bring out negative emotions such as jealousy.

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Most importantly, stay positive and remember you are in control of you, your thoughts, and your paradigm!

 

Do you have a great tip or trick for self-improvement? Share your favorite tricks in the comment section below.

7 Tricks to Ace Finals

7 Tricks to Ace Finals

‘Tis the Season

As finals season approaches yet again, we’ve decided to brainstorm our favorite studying tricks to achieve optimal results.  Trying to get some A’s? Follow these 7 tricks, and you’re sure to bring that GPA right up.

 

Study with Someone

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Working with a study partner is sure to help you process the information you’re trying to memorize. When you explain concepts to a partner, you’re forcing your brain to process the information instead of just regurgitating it.

 

Make Cue Cards

A great way to force yourself to think critically is by making cue cards. This way you not only get a review of the information while making the cards but also get a mini practice exam that will help you memorize your answers.

 

Eat Healthily

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Give your brain and body and extra edge by eating healthy and fueling your body with good foods.

 

Get Sleep

As helpful as cramming can be, a study republished by Huffington Post shows that students who get sleep before an exam typically perform better.

 

Set Goals

A sure way to get all of the lectures and readings needed for review in is by scheduling your time and setting study goals. This will ultimately help you avoid cramming and lead to better performance.

 

Stay Positive

Studying can easily wear you down, but by remaining positive and keeping your goals in mind, you may find that little bit of extra motivation you had previously been lacking.

 

Take Breaks

Another great way to maximize your performance is actually by taking breaks! After an hour of studying, going for a walk and clearing your mind will ultimately help you come back to your work with a clearer mind (needed for memorizing notes and working out hard problems).

 

Did we miss your go-to studying trick? Let us know how you ace your exams in the comment section below. Goodluck in your finals from your friends at Dormbooker!

7 Tricks to Ace Your Next Paper

7 Tricks to Ace Your Next Paper

Put your best foot forward this semester.

Writing papers can be a burden, nerve-wracking, and difficult for anyone. Even the most seasoned writers can face issues when writing. From run-on sentences to improperly cited sources, it’s easy to loose marks just because of writing errors. To help you get your best grades, we’ve put together a list of our favorite paper writing tricks for your benefit.

Start With an Outline

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By formulating a strong outline, you remove the possibility of any clarity and have a writing plan! This should be the first step to any essay.

 

Get Someone to Peer Edit your Paper

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Sometimes another set of eyes can help you notice errors and fundamental issues with your paper.  A fresh look never hurts!

 

Write Without Fluff

A sure way to get a clear point across in your writing is by avoiding the fluff and instead writing the way you speak.

 

Use Google Scholar

Instead of wasting tons of time trying to find acceptable academic sources, use Google Scholar- a Google search tool that only offers academic articles.

 

Use a “Contradicting Paragraph”

This can be the difference between a B+ and an A! Using a theory or argument that contradicts your thesis in an essay will earn you bonus points with your Prof. Just make sure you don’t forget to include why this view is invalid otherwise it will confuse your argument.

 

Cite with Easybib.com

Don’t spend extra time citing your sources when you can simply copy/paste the URL in Easybib and get a citation generated for you. Whether MLA, APA, or Chicago, you’re sure to get exactly what you need from this cite.

 

Restate your Thesis

Restating your thesis at the end of each argument you make will not only help keep you on track with what you’re writing, but re-elaborates your argument for the reader, reinforcing it at the end of every parameter.

 

Happy writing! Do you have any great essay-writing tips? Share you feedback in the comment section below.

8 Healthy Junk Food Alternatives

8 Healthy Junk Food Alternatives

Healthy = delicious.

Who doesn’t want to implement a healthier lifestyle? Not only can it have huge benefits physically, but mentally as well (brainfood!). Whether you avidly add 30-60 minutes of exercise to your day, or have recently doubled up on your fiber intake, simply making some subtle adjustments to your daily routine can lead to huge health benefits. Unfortunately, its easy to stray away from a strict diet and exercise schedule – especially as the semester gets busier, so we’ve come up with a healthy and delicious way to swap out your favorite junk foods for better alternatives. We’ve put together a list of top 7 favorite healthy snacks and meals to substitute your preferred junk foods and meals, proving lifestyle changes don’t necessarily mean you will go hungry:

 

Chip Lovers

Alternative: Kale, Zucchini, Apple, or Sweet Potato Chips

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Who doesn’t love that crave that satisfying chip crunch? Luckily, there are many literally delicious healthy alternatives that deliver the same amount of crunch and flavour. Get 16 healthy chip alternative recipes here.

 

Wing Lovers

Alternative: Cauliflower Buffalo Bites

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When you just ~need~ buffalo wings, try this easy and healthy alternative to get both the flavor and the crunch of your favorite wings. Not a buffalo fan? Switch the sauce to your preference! Get the recipe here.

 

Chocolate Lovers

Alternative: Avacado Brownies

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I won’t insist that chocolate lovers switch to 70% cocoa chocolate (although delicious,  it’s not actually that healthy) because I’m here to help innovate your diet. For something completely different yet equally satisfying, try chocolate avocado brownies. You can eat these babies guilt free. Get the recipe here.

 

Popcorn Lovers

Alternative: Coconut Oil Popcorn

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A personal favourite, this is a great healthy (and cheap) alternative to junk food for when you’re on the go. Feel like spicing it up a bit? From chilli powder, lime powder, and salt & pepper, to traditional popcorn seasoning or vinegar, this snack is both quick and customizable. Get the recipe here.

 

Peanut Butter Lovers

Alternative: Healthy Peanut Butter Cups

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Peanut butter lovers, I get you. I could eat spoonful after spoonful, and you probably can too. Aside from simply switching over to natural peanut butter, another health-ish recipe to satisfy any peanut butter craving is dark chocolate peanut butter cups. Made with cocoa, coconut oil, and natural peanut butter, these are suitable for your healthy (and even ketogenic) lifestyle. Get the recipe here.

 

Pizza Lovers

Alternative: Cauliflower Pizza

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Why yes, there’s a healthy alternative for all of you pizza lovers too. With an abundance of veggies and healthy fats, cauliflower pizza is a personal pizza. Get the recipe here.

 

Candy Lovers

Alternative: Ketogenic Gummy Bears

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When you get a serious sugar craving, these gummy bears will help you get through the day. Get the recipe here.

 

Ice Cream Lovers

Alternative: Frozen Yogurt

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This healthy junk food alternative may seem basic, but I prefer calling it timeless. In a rush? Simply freeze your preferred type of yogurt add your favourite fruit, nut, or topping for the perfect snack. My personal favourite is strawberry greek yogurt with sunflower seeds. Get the recipe here.

 

No excuses! Try one (or all)  of these healthy alternatives to your favourite junk foods today. Share you experience with us in the comment section below.

10 Hacks to Make Life Cheaper

10 Hacks to Make Life Cheaper

Save that money!

Let’s face it, being a student with a limited income helps you realize how truly expensive life can be. We know that a few monthly expenses can quickly, and little savings can go a long way. Luckily, we have a compiled a list of tips and tricks to make your life a little bit cheaper.

 

Student Discount

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It’s everywhere... you just have to ask!

 

Thrift/Online Shopping

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Changing your shopping style may just be key! Check out some of your city’s best thrift stores and try out shopping online in the sales sections. If you’re okay with waiting for about a month for your stuff to come in head to Allie Express, and if you’re just into some cheap duds check out the sales sections at both Urban Outfitters and Miss Guided  (you’re welcome).

 

Eat for Cheap

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Try buying groceries rather than eating out, or find the cheapest eats around your city. Many places commonly have $5 food such as El Furniture Warehouse – with many locations across North America.

 

Capitalize on your Government Benefits

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Check to see if you’re eligible for any government benefits- for example, if you’re a student in Canada, you can get benefits simply from living away from home as a student, if you’ve paid your rent on time. Find out more here.

 

Find the Discounts

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Make sure to check out the discount apps and grocery stores to always capitalize on the saving potentials.

 

Pay with Cash

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It’s scientifically proven to be a factor in money saving because physical cash is perceived as more scarce to consumers than paying with plastic.

 

Use a Water Bottles

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Get your own bottles ready; this is an easy way to save buying drinks while on-the-go, and a practical way to ensure you stay hydrated (and green!).

 

Starbucks Hacks

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Coffee is a necessity (we get it), so never forget about these Starbucks hacks!

But also …

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Take this into consideration.

 

Take Matters into Your Own Hands

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Break something? Try fixing it yourself with the help of FixItClub.com; a website that will show you how to fix anything step-by-step.

 

Save on Dryer Sheets

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Never buy dryer sheets again!

 

What are your favorite money-saving hacks? Share them with us in the comment section below.

5 Reasons to Take These 5 Types of Courses

5 Reasons to Take These 5 Types of Courses

Let’s get learnt.

 

With the abundance of available courses and electives available to university and college students today, it can be hard to narrow down exactly which courses you should take when you have a glorious time slot calling for an elective.

 

Science Courses

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  1. It is important to know about what makes the world work.
  2. Gaining a basic proficiency in research and how to make logical arguments only makes your more credible and knowledgeable regardless of your primary field of study.
  3. Science is everywhere. In fact, if it wasn’t for the bonding of very specific elements, we wouldn’t even be here. By taking science courses, you will have a newfound appreciation for these facts.
  4. By taking science courses, you will learn to block out noise from the media, politicians, the internet, etc., and only truly consider the fact as evidence. If everyone did this, the world would surely be a better place- take a science course as your first step to helping humanity.
  5. Worst case, take an animal bio class and spend your time hanging with some critters.

 

 

Computer Science Courses

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  1. Technological proficiency is more valuable today than ever.
  2. A basic proficiency of computing is not just valuable, but beginning to become required in the digital age – you will surely be more employable if not now, in the future.
  3. Computer science is diverse. From engineering, math, problem-solving and logic to psychology, humanities, and the arts, computing is truly the cross roads of so many skill areas, making it a great asset and endeavor no matter your skill set.
  4. You will gain practical knowledge of how our world and technologies have progressed to where they are today.
  5. You will be a little more prepared for the inevitable artificial intelligence world take over (have you seen Terminator???).

 

Business Courses

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  1. You can be a business person no matter what field of studies you choose.
  2. It will help you stand out in the job market upon graduation, regardless of your chosen industry.
  3. You are sure to make some great contacts.
  4. Students from all different faculties work together, fostering a creative and innovative environment.
  5. Learn how to determine and sell your personal value proposition – again, a skill that is guaranteed to make you stand out in the ever growing pool of new graduate job seekers.

 

Political Science Courses

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  1. It is important to understand how your country’s political system works.
  2. You will become a more informed and knowledgeable citizen in general.
  3. You will gain a basic understanding of how the world hierarchy and international society works.
  4. You will make an educated decisions and become an informed voter by the time the next election cycle rolls around.
  5. You will gain a basic understanding and new appreciation of how the programs and institutions tax payers fund actually affect our society.

 

Psychology Courses

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  1. Understanding the science behind people’s actions can be leveraged no matter your field of studies/work.
  2. You will better understand yourself and your behaviors.
  3.  You will be able to better gauge peoples’ reactions.
  4. You will be able to better communicate with people – again, a useful asset no matter your industry.
  5. You will be #Woke.

 

Did we miss a. filed that you think should be on this list?

Study Abroad for Free!

Study Abroad for Free!

Pack your suitcases, ladies and gentlemen. 

Every student dreams of spending a year abroad; studying in another country, learning a new languaging, experiencing a new culture, what’s not to love! So much so, that earlier this year we did a piece on the top 7 places for students to study abroad in 2017. That being said, a big roadblock for most students dreaming of a embarking on a year abroad is the financial burden. Not only are plane tickets and accommodations costly requirements, but many universities hike up their tuition prices for international students. Unfortunately, this stops many students from living the unique and amazing experience of studying in another country. However, being in 2017, progressive governments around the world have begun to recognize how important education is not only for a country’s economy but for global progression in general. Keeping that in mind, many governments have mandated cheaper education

However, being in 2017, progressive governments around the world have begun to recognize the importance of education for a country’s economy and global progression alike. Keeping that in mind, many governments have mandated cheaper tertiary education for everyone. Today, there are places you can study abroad for free or very cheap. We have curated a list of the top 5 locations to spend a year abroad with cheap tuition, guaranteeing you an amazing experience without breaking the bank!

 

Iceland & Norway

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These countries are famous for more than just their amazing spas! The Scandinavian economic model has a strong focus and heavy expenditure on social programs, including public education. They do so with the hopes of achieving an educated workforce, greater economic development, and thus economic prosperity. With such policies, it’s no surprise that these countries offer free tuition for EU nationals. However, unlike their Nordic counterparts such as Sweden and Denmark, Iceland and Norway extend their waived tuition fees to any foreign-born student that would like to study in their country.

 

Germany

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Most famously, Germany recently rolled out a program calling for free tuition within their education system. This policy has waived tuition fees for all interested national and international students alike. With a world-class education system, strong yet inviting culture, gorgeous and timeless architecture, and free tuition, we’re already packing our bags!

 

Austria

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Austria is yet another European country that houses extremely cheap tuition for tertiary education. The country offers the same educational rights to national and international individuals alike, consisting of two free semesters for all students. After that, students pay approximately $385 USD per semester to study in Austria. I know what you’re thinking… that barely covers textbooks in North America! Needless to say,  you AND your wallet can benefit from the enriching experience of studying abroad.  

 

France

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Although this European destination is not globally seen as a leader in free education, France’s tuition rates are extremely affordable. Their programs consist of countless free courses, with others coming in at a very low cost. In fact, French, EU, and international students can all equally enjoy receiving their degrees for anywhere from $195 to $1000 USD per year. Compared to the $10,000-$60,000 per year range often found in Canada and the U.S., France is definitely housing an economically reasonable educational system.

 

Brazil

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Brazil is yet another country that realizes the value in offering students free education, with many of the country’s universities choosing not to charge tuition fees. However, English students are required to pay a small registration fee for taking courses in English rather than Portuguese.

 

With so many great options, we’ve definitely been bitten by the travel bug. Will you look into studies in one of these 5 countries? Share your experience with us in the comment section below.

Top 7 Places to Study Abroad

Top 7 Places to Study Abroad

Where would you go?

Studying abroad is a great experience. From being exposed to a new university and culture, to the compassion and independence gained while traveling, choosing to move studies out of the country has plenty of advantages. That being said, with many factors to carefully consider before making the move such as education standards, safety, and the price of living, the decision becomes increasingly complicated. Luckily, there is an entire website dedicated to helping students pick a destination. In accordance with the mass amounts of data collected over the past three years, we’ve compiled a list of the top 10 study abroad destinations.

 

Barcelona, Spain

Although an extremely popular destination, Spain is not only home to tons of culture and gorgeous architecture (and… Ibiza!!)., but also many great educational institutions with the capacity to hostthe abundance of students from abroad

 

Sydney, Australia

 

 

With the sun, ocean, and wildlife, Sydney Australia is the perfect destination for those seeking some adventure, while remaining remarkably safe with tons of friendly locals.

 

Hong Kong, China

If you want life in the fast lane while also enjoying a mixture of local and modern traditions, Hong Kong is your place. As a city-state with remarkably quick economic growth, this city is an ideal destination for economics, international relations, and international business studies. As one of the world’s most densely populated areas, Hong Kong is home to seven of the world’s top universities according to the QS World University Rankings. Dreaming of a big city life? In Hong Kong, you’ve got it.

 

Dubai, UAE

Culture, culture, culture. Dubai is the perfect mix; by intertwining lavish life and modernized architecture with traditional middle eastern culture, food, and interior design, this city is an intriguing destination. Not to mention Dubai is home to countless expats – meaning you’ll meet people from all over the world, and has an incredibly low crime rate. Oh, and did we mention the Lamborghini cop cars?

 

Munich, Germany

Germany is a great location for studies. The country as a whole offers a world-class education with incredibly competitive international business, hard science, and German studies disciplines. Beer lover? Good, because Germany hosts the annual Oktoberfest; world class beer to complement world class studies (of course). 

 

Seoul, South Korea

Seoul is just really cool. From K-pop to real Korean barbecue, Seoul is the perfect merging of Easter and Western culture. Nicknamed “The Special City” for its diversity, this is the premier destination for students looking for a pop-culture filled, high-tech destination, that’s also home to countless historical sites such as Buddhist temples and palaces. Not to mention, this city harbours world-class educational institutions and an extremely educated population of young people. You’ll fit right in!

 

San Jose, Costa Rica

Vacation, adventure, and urban culture collide to make a truly unique study abroad destination. This fiscally-savvy destination is not only easy on the wallet (and eyes), but is the perfect destination to learn Spanish. Biology student? Costa Rica is home to many rainforests with some amazing wildlife.

 

 

 

We have the travelling bug now, don’t you? The world is full of amazing places waiting for you to experience. If you had the choice where would you go? Let us know your top study abroad destination in the comment section below.