From South Africa to France, these countries have universities with views to die for
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From South Africa to France, these countries have universities with views to die for

From South Africa to France, these countries have universities with views to die for

A unique university location can make a big difference to your education abroad. One of the following five might tickle your fancy since they stand out from your typical list of big city versus small town campuses. Would you study in any of the universities listed here? 

Tropical paradise: Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences

Under the sea, that’s where you’ll be. Well, close! Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences (BIOS) is located in the middle of the North Atlantic Ocean and in one of the world’ most diverse open-ocean ecosystems. The base for extensive marine research was inaugurated in 1932 and since then, it’s been a spot drawing researchers and visiting scientists from all over the world. 


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Here you have the luxury to study marine science with easily accessible and diverse marine habitats that you can frequent whenever you wish. Living and working at an active research station also give you the physical experience of what it’s like to work in the field of marine sciences. 

BIOS’s mission is to find and share fundamental knowledge of the oceans through state-of-the-art research, world-class field expeditions and comprehensive educational experiences. Who wouldn’t love the idea of studying in a place that doubles as a holiday destination? Check out courses available here.

Reach for the stars: International Space University

To infinity … and beyond! The International Space University (ISU) is located in Illkirch-Graffenstaden near Strasbourg in France.


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You’ll be at the charming and romantic capital city of the Grand Est region that also sits near the German border. Getting to the city centre from ISU will take you no longer than 30 minutes.

The ISU faculty members include a wide range of renowned folks, including astronauts, space engineers and space scientists. You have the choice to partake in the short programmes, or the interactive space programme. You can also do the Master of Space Studies, Space Studies Programme, Commercial Space Programme or Southern Hemisphere Programme.  

Hermit kingdom: Pyongyang University of Science and Technology

Pyongyang University of Science and Technology (PUST) is located in the countryside outside the North Korean capital. It’s currently the first and the only privately-run university in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.  


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The mission of PUST is to contribute to North Korea’s economic development. The Bachelor of Science and doctorate degrees offered here include Electrical and Computer Engineering, Agriculture and Life Sciences, International Finance and Management, and Medical Sciences. PUST’s division of Medical Science includes schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy, Public Health and Nursing.

PUST has the largest community of foreigners, with staff coming from China, the US, Canada, the UK and other parts of Europe. Many are from prestigious universities around the world. 

A picturesque boat ride: Venice International University

San Servolo is a small Italian island in the Venetian Lagoon. Previously, it housed monastery of monks, then an asylum for the insane. Today, it is home to Venice International University (VIU). 


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Founded in 1995, it is a consortium of universities and Italian institutions with an added museum. A boat ride to school is an adventure on its own. 

The main goal of VIU is to facilitate the exchange of knowledge and ideas between members. They develop, promote and organise joint academic research. They also provide training and capacity-building programmes. 

On a mountain’s edge: University of Cape Town

University of Cape Town (UCT) was founded in 1829 and is a public research university in the Western Cape province of South Africa. On the slopes of Devil’s Peak above Rondebosch is the main campus of UCT.  


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It is not only the oldest higher education institute in South Africa, but also the highest-ranked one according to QS World University Rankings. Its Commerce, Law, and Medicine faculties are consistently placed among the hundred best internationally. Out of the alumni, staff members and researchers from UCT, five have won the Nobel Prize. 

There are more than 100 student societies and organisations on campus. It’s not hard to see why this is a top choice for university in terms of location, top-notch academics and cultural diversity. Find a list of the programmes here.

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