1) Canada: Being a Canadian I’m afraid I’m slightly biased, but in all honesty you can’t get much better than the friendly people, gorgeous landscapes, multi-cultural metropolises and unlimited possibilities for outdoor adventure. Studying English is more affordable compared to other countries and because international schools are so established, applying and studying is well organized. While most of Canada gets around 4-5 months of winter the rest of the year is very pleasant and in fact quite hot during the summer. But, don’t forget to embrace the winter with many snow-friendly sports and festivals.
2) United Kingdom (UK): Studying in the UK will require an understanding of the varied dialects and accents present. However, England has a well-established tradition of teaching English so there are a plethora of well-run schools to study at. The transit system is very efficient allowing you to easily travel around the country and to France and Belgium via the Eurostar. The country has an incredible history so there are lots of learning opportunities and weekend activities. Unfortunately it can be an expensive place to study, but the weather is milder than central Canada.
3) Australia: This is an incredibly popular destination to study due to its warm climate, relaxed vibe and trendy youth culture. Expect lots of young adults travelling and learning which makes it easy to have fun and make friends. There are a multitude of things to see and do and its close proximity to Asia makes it a popular place to study English.
4) New Zealand: After visiting this majestic country last year I would recommend studying here just for the beautiful landscape alone. It is a small and safe country that is rapidly becoming much more multi-cultural. While a far distance from Europe and North America it is definitely worth a visit for its friendly people who will provide numerous opportunities for you to practice your English on. Expect healthy cuisine and a mild climate on the North Island though clothes and beauty products can be expensive.
5) Ireland: My sister is currently studying in Dublin, and while her native language is English, she has made numerous friends who studied in Ireland to learn English. They love the country for its friendliness and party scene but also its natural beauty. It is cheaper to study in than mainland Europe but easily accessible to travel to numerous European countries. Expect lots of rain but quality food.
6) United States of America (US): The US is easily the most populated of all Anglophone countries and therefore has one of the largest ESL bases. The US is varied depending on which part you study in. Crime is a factor in most major cities and metro-areas. The North-East and the state of California are the more liberal places in the country. The climate depends on your area but typically the more north you are, the colder it will be during winter. There is lots of paper work involved in applying for a visa and the process can take a while so it’s best to start well ahead of time.
7) Malta: An island paradise located between Italy and North Africa it is an incredibly small country but beautiful, warm and historical. Though English is an official language you may not get the opportunity to be as immersed in practice as you would in some of the other Anglophone countries. However you will get nice accommodations and reasonable pricing. Even better if you are an EU citizen you will not need a visa to study here.
8) South Africa: Upon travelling to South Africa I was stunned by its beauty and modernity. It is the most democratic and economically-stable countries in Africa with gorgeous scenery, an incredible wine industry and thrilling wildlife. The safest places to live and study are along the Western Cape, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth. This country is incredibly diverse and multi-cultural with great food, weather and activities.
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