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Apr 242013
 
Orthographic map of Africa

Orthographic map of Africa (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Africa might not have been the first continent to come to mind when mapping out your study abroad destination, but this often overlooked region offers more enriching opportunities and inspiring experiences than you might think. Each country in Africa has its own unique culture and education system that can give students a well-rounded understanding of the world around them. If you want to explore this life-changing educational opportunity, read on for four of the best places to study abroad in Africa.

1. South Africa

One of the most culturally diverse locations in Africa, South Africa welcomes visitors from all nations. The country has a tumultuous history of apartheid, colonization and other political conflicts, which makes it a fitting destination for students studying politics or international relations. There are eleven official languages in South Africa, which actually tends to be more fascinating than intimidating– especially for linguistics majors. During your stay, make sure to stop by one of South Africa’s many nature preserves.

2. Nigeria

The Direct Exchange Program at the American University of Nigeria not only provides an excellent education for overseas students, but also offers the opportunity for students to conduct on-site research and make a positive influence on their local community. To better accommodate American students, the American University of Nigeria is structured similarly to a traditional U.S. institution, which enables students to learn more effectively with smaller, student-centered classes. While you’re there, don’t miss out on the many exciting safari adventures Nigeria has to offer.

3. Ghana

The West African nation of Ghana is quickly becoming a popular study abroad destination for students across the globe, and it’s easy to see why with all of the nation’s established schools and dynamic academic programs. ProWorld offers an outstanding semester abroad program at the prestigious University of Cape Coast, which boasts a seaside view and integrates local and international students. From Agriculture to Nursing to Biological Sciences, UCC is sure to provide the tools students need to succeed in a variety of disciplines.

4. Egypt

Despite the political turmoil during the Arab Spring a few years back, Egypt enables international students to take advantage of its excellent education system. The country itself delivers an up-close-and-personal experience of one of the oldest cultures in the world, which continues to evolve into one of the most prosperous economies in the Middle East. Students can’t leave this study abroad destination without admiring the Giza pyramid complex or the great Sphinx.

Be Prepared

Before you begin your African adventure, remember to make your health a top priority by purchasing international student insurance. You never know what could happen overseas. Talk to a study abroad expert at your school to make sure you’ve got everything covered for your experience in Africa.

Written by contributor Lindsey Harper Mac.  Lindsey is a professional writer living in the Indianapolis area. She specializes in writing guest posts on social media and education. Currently, Lindsey is completing work on her master’s degree.

You can get a hold of her on Twitter at @Harpermac11

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