Whenever I’m asked for advice from a college-bound youngster (which is rarely to never), I always offer the same tip: Be sure to study abroad for a semester. It allows you to travel far from home (especially if you go to school in-state), to reach a new level of independence, to experience a completely new culture, to learn tolerance toward others different from yourself, and, in some cases, to learn a new language.
The only hard part is deciding where to go.
If you’re like us, the term “culture” makes you think of food first and foremost, and this can absolutely be a good basis on which to make your destination selection. Of course there are numerous other factors — like quality of education, safety, exchange rates, and possible language barriers — but if the primary goal is to learn about the country and its people, thinking with your stomach can end up being a solid method for picking a place.
And in the end, you’re probably going to be eating three meals a day of the local cuisine, so the food definitely isn’t insignificant. With that in mind, here are 8 of the best study abroad locations for food lovers.