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12 Countries to Study Abroad: Top 3 Things to Do

12 Countries to Study Abroad: Top 3 Things to Do

Mountain Range and Lakes
Chile: Torres del Paine National Park

Torres del Paine National Park is one of the largest and most visited national parks in Chile. The park encompasses mountains, glaciers, lakes and rivers in southern Chilean Patagonia.

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Easter Island Statues
Chile: Easter Island

Easter Island is a 64-square-mile island in the South Pacific Ocean. The island was named by Dutch explorers in honor of the day of their arrival in 1722. Easter Island’s most dramatic claim to fame is an array of almost 900 giant stone figures that date back many centuries.

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Landscape of the Area
Chile: San Pedro de Atacama

A Chilean town and commune, San Pedro de Atacama overlooks the Licancabur volcano and features a significant archaeological museum. Tourists flock to the ancient ruins that date to the area's pre-Columbian cultures.

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Machu Picchu
Peru: Machu Picchu

Dating to the 15th century, Machu Picchu is an estate on a mountain in the Cusco Region of Peru that was built for an Incan emperor. In 2007, Machu Picchu was voted one of the new seven wonders of the world in a worldwide Internet poll.

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Cusco City
Peru: Cusco City

Cusco, a city in southeastern Peru, was the historic capital of the Inca Empire from the 13th to 16th century. A major tourist destination, the city receives nearly two million visitors a year. Due to its antiquity and importance, the city center retains many buildings, plazas and churches of pre-Columbian times, which led to it being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

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Lima City
Peru: Lima City

Lima is the capital and largest city in Peru, located in the central coastal part of the country, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The city has a population of almost 10 million people, making it the most populous metropolitan area of Peru, and the third largest city in the Americas. Lima offers beautiful colonial architecture, historic churches and tranquil beaches.

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Grand Place
Belgium: Brussels (the Grand Place)

The central square of Brussels, the Grand Place, is surrounded by opulent guildhalls and two larger edifices, the city’s Town Hall, and the Breadhouse Building, which contains the Museum of the City of Brussels. The square is regarded as the most important tourist destination and most memorable landmark of Brussels.

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Historic Center
Belgium: Bruges (Historic Center of Bruges)

A UNESCO World Heritage Site for its “outstanding example of a medieval historic settlement which has maintained its historic fabric as this has evolved over the centuries.” The Historic Center of Bruges is lined with cobblestone paths and canals that frame medieval and gothic buildings. Now repurposed as cafes, boutiques and art galleries, the historic buildings provide a must-see stop for visitors to Belgium.

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Menin_Gate
Belgium: Leper ypres (Menin Gate Memorial)

The Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing is the war memorial in Ypres, Belgium, dedicated to the British and Commonwealth soldiers who were killed in the Ypres Salient of World War I. Unveiled in 1927, the memorial is the entry to the barrel-vaulted passage for the traffic through the mausoleum that honors the missing, who have no graves.

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Tivoli_Gardens
Denmark: Tivoli Gardens (Copenhagen)

A famous amusement park and garden in Copenhagen, Denmark, the Tivoli Garden is the second most popular seasonal theme park in the world and the second oldest operating amusement park in the world, having opened in 1843.

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Moesgard_Museum
Denmark: Moesgaard Museum (Aarhus)

A Danish regional museum dedicated to archaeology and ethnography, the Moesgaard Museum is located in the suburb of Aarhus, Denmark. The museum’s exhibitions include several unrivalled archaeological findings from Denmark’s ancient past and examples of the world’s cultural heritage.

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Denmark: Frederiksborg Slot (Hillerod)

Located in Hillerod, Denmark, the Frederiksborg Castle was built as a royal residence for King Christian IV of Denmark-Norway in the early 17th century. The largest residence in Scandinavia, the castle is situated on three islets on a lake and is adjoined by a large formal garden in the Baroque style.

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London_Eye
England: The London Eye

Built in 1999, the London Eye is one of the world’s tallest Ferris wheels, located on the South Bank of the River Thames in London, England.

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Big_Ben
England: Big Ben

Big Ben is the nickname for the Great Bell of the clock at the north end of the Palace of Westminster. Officially known as Elizabeth Tower in honor of Queen Elizabeth II, the Clock Tower is one of the most prominent symbols of the United Kingdom. 

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Hyde_Park
England: Hyde Park

Hyde Park is one of the largest parks in London and extends from the entrance at Buckingham Palace to Whitehall. The park features Speakers Corner, London’s Holocaust Memorial, the Crystal Palace and a stunning tree known as the Weeping Beech.

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Gyeongbokgung_Palace
South Korea: Gyeongbokgung Palace (Seoul)

Built in 1395, the Gyeongbokgung Palace is located in Seoul, South Korea. The Gyeongbokgung Palace is the main royal palace of the Five Grand Palaces built by the Joseon dynasty.

Seoraksan_Park
South Korea: Seoraksan National Park

Designated as a nature reserve by the South Korean government, the Seoraksan National Park is popular with tourists and nature enthusiasts and is home to many rare flora and fauna.

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Myeongdong
South Korea: Myeongdong Shopping Street (Seoul)

Translated as bright cave or tunnel, the Myeongdong shopping street covers approximately one kilometer and is the ninth most expensive street in the world. The area is known for both the Myeongdong cathedral and the Myeongdong Nanta Theatre, two historically significant sites.

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Chichen_Itza
Mexico: Chichen Itza

Chichen Itza is a large pre-Columbian city built by the Mayan people. The site is one of the most visited archaeological sites in Mexico with an estimated four million visitors coming to see the ruins every year.

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Playa_Norte
Mexico: Playa Norte (Isla Mujeres)

Playa Norte is known for crystal clear water, a white sand beach and many spots for good food.

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Anthropology
Mexico: National Museum of Anthropology (Mexico City)

The National Museum of Anthropology is the largest, most-visited museum in Mexico. The museum offers significant archaeological and anthropological artifacts from Mexico’s pre-Columbian heritage.

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Eiffel_Tower
France: Eiffel Tower

The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower named after Gustave Eiffel whose company designed and built the tower for the 1889 World’s Fair. It is one of the most recognizable structures in the world.

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louvre
France: Louvre Museum

The Louvre is one of the world’s largest museums and a historic monument in Paris. The world’s most visited museum, the Louvre is a central landmark of the city.

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Notre_Dame
France: Notre Dame Cathedral

The Notre Dame de Paris is a historic Catholic cathedral widely considered to be one of the finest examples of French Gothic architecture and is the largest, most well-known church in the world.

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Colosseum
Italy: The Colosseum

The Colosseum is an oval amphitheatre in the center of Rome and was completed in 82 AD. As the largest amphitheatre ever built, it was used for gladiatorial contests and public spectacles.

pantheon
Italy: The Pantheon

The Pantheon is a circular building with a portico of large granite columns built in 126 AD. Because of its continuous use as a church, it is one of the best preserved of all the ancient Roman buildings.

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Grand_Canal
Italy: Grand Canal (Venice)

The Grand Canal is a canal in Venice. It forms one of the major water-traffic corridors in the city.

Basilica
Spain: Basilica of the Sagrada Familia

The Basilica of the Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church in Barcelona deemed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The basilica combines Gothic and curvilinear Art Nouveau architecture.

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prado
Spain: Prado National Museum

Located in Madrid, the Prado National Museum is the main Spanish national art museum. It features one of the world’s finest collections of European art dating from the 12th century to the 19th century.

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Alhambra
Spain: The Alhambra

The Alhambra is a palace and fortress complex. It’s now one of Spain’s major tourist attractions, demonstrating the country’s most significant and well-known Islamic architecture, including Christian buildings and gardens from the 16th century and later.

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Quinta
Portugal: Quinta de Regaleira

The Quinta de Regaleira is an estate located near Sintra and is deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s considered one of the principal tourist attractions of Sintra and consists of a palace and chapel, a park and many other buildings.

lisboa
Portugal: Oceanario de Lisboa

The Lisbon Oceanario is the largest indoor aquarium in Europe and features a large collection of marine species.

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Porto_City
Portugal: Porto city

Porto, or Oporto in English, is the second largest city in Portugal. Proclaimed a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Porto offers excellent wine, architecture and art.

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