The days are flying by and it’ll soon be time to make your decision! So what’s it going to be? Where are you going for your Erasmus exchange?

Studying in a different country will definitely be beneficial in all sorts of ways. You will have the chance to discover new cultures, meet new people, learn a new language and live experiences that you will never forget.

Choosing where to study is never an easy task. Deciding on the country and city, language, university, culture, modules and all sorts of other things can be bewildering and leave you feeling a bit lost. So we’ve put together an article that tells you about the best destinations for an exchange, Erasmus programme or even just a weekend away with friends.

Want to see your best choice? Just keep reading!


The city with the best quality of life in the world is an excellent place to continue your studies. Vienna is a historical city but it is modern too and boasts many universities that are renowned for the quality of their teaching. The University of Vienna occupies the 165thplace in the classification of the Times Higher Education magazine, which ranks the best universities in the world.

Vienna’s cultural life is outstanding, as is its nightlife. The city attracts many students and offers unique programmes. By day, there is no end of museums, parks and other attractions in the city of music. And after dark, bars, restaurants, clubs and discos abound, with parties where the action only ends when the sun comes up!


If the aperitivi aren’t enough to make you want to move to Milan, then we have no idea what will be! 😉

Milan boasts an array of excellent teaching establishments, especially when it comes to design, fashion and technology, such as the University of Milan, The Polytechnic University of Milan, The Brera Academy of Fine Arts and the Luigi Bocconi University.

Apart from university life, the people are friendly, the city is exciting and there are parties everywhere. And Milan is increasingly known as the capital of the sky bars. From panoramic views over the city to sky-scraper rooftop bars with a swimming pool and DJ. The capital of Lombardy is considered one of the best destinations for students, but there’s more to Milan than classrooms and bars; it is also the financial capital of northern Italy and the cradle of Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper.

As a city where students make up a huge percentage of the population, Milan is a place where you will live the student experience to the full and be able to take advantage of everything the city has to offer.


London needs no introduction; it is a global, cosmopolitan and modern city. In London you can be sure of finding a real melting pot of very different people, cultures, nationalities and CULTURE!

Some 300 different languages are spoken in London.

As far as your studies are concerned, you have nothing to worry about. London is a benchmark on a worldwide scale and is home to some of the world’s leading universities. There’s Imperial College London for example, headed by Portuguese academic Francisco Veloso; it occupies second place in the QS World University Ranking and has also been ninth in the classification of the Times Higher Education magazine.

Apart from all of the historic monuments, such as Big Ben, Westminster Chapel, Tower Bridge and the London Eye, London also offers an array of world-famous museums, including the London Natural History Museum, the National Gallery, the Tate Modern and the British Museum. You can be absolutely certain that London is a great choice for continuing your studies in the best way possible!


But there’s another UK city that we could not possibly have left off our list!

The Beatles’ home town is considered a veritable student city. Apart from the many universities, there’s a whole host of pubs and other options for a great night out. Locals say the best spots are The Cavern, The Attic Bar and the Constellations.

Liverpool is a real oasis for the young people there. The city is modern, packed with art and has some of England’s most highly-regarded museums, including the Museum of Liverpool, the Walker Art Gallery and, of course, the The Beatles Story, the museum dedicated to the Beatles.

You will find so many different nationalities in Liverpool – see you there?


Did you know that Erasmus of Rotterdam (after whom the Erasmus programme is named) sought refuge in Basel and lived the final years of his life in the city?

This is a city which is becoming increasingly known as a benchmark in academic mobility. And with cheap attractions, free stuff to do, museums, churches, universities and an efficient transport system, to name but a few, it’s not hard to see why! Here are some examples:

  • Kunstmuseum, free admission!
  • Marktplatz, the typical market next to City Hall.
  • The Saturday morning flea market in Peterplatz.

Basel is a genuine university city and living here is very different from what it is normally like to live in Switzerland. And you will be closer to the slopes to go skiing and snowboarding! 🙂

Knowing that you will be living far away from friends and family means that choosing a destination city is not at all easy. If you have any to tips to share about these cities then you’re more than welcome to do so.

There are direct flights to all of these cities from Faro Airport, so if the homesickness is just too much to bear, take a quick flight and be back home in an instant!