Your experience at university goes beyond lectures, exam results and making new friends. The culture of your city is a huge part of your time as a student, so here at Vita Student we have given an introduction to some of the most popular destinations for international students and what to expect if you make it your home.
Sometimes described as a "melting pot", the US is home to many different cultures that have contributed their own distinct "flavours" to American culture.
The US has many cities popular with domestic and international visitors, including New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and Florida.
New York City attracts over 50 million foreign and American tourists every year, and is the most populous city in the country. It’s the most linguistically diverse city in the world, with an estimated 800 languages spoken on a daily basis.
As a sports-minded country, millions of fans follow football, baseball, basketball and hockey, among other sports. Baseball, which was developed in colonial America and became an organized sport in the mid-1800s, is known as America’s favourite pastime, although its popularity has been eclipsed by American Football for the past three decades.
More than 60 million people live in the UK, creating a multicultural society with people from all over the world.
The UK’s universities have their origins in the ancient seats of learning at Oxford, Cambridge and St Andrews. Oxford University is one of the oldest universities in the world, founded in 1096, and its alumni includes 26 British prime ministers.
You’ll get to mix and meet people throughout the world, making experiences richer because you will be able to interact with so many different people. You’ll get insights into other countries and cultures, and learn a lot more than you may have been able to in your home country.
The UK holds a rich, interesting history that makes it an ideal place for people of all backgrounds. Art galleries, concerts, open air markets, and pubs are popular places. Sport has its place in UK culture, with the Premier League the most watched football league in the world and broadcast across 212 territories.
Germans have made tremendous contributions to classical music. Famous German or Austrian composers such as Johann Sebastian Bach, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Ludwig von Beethoven, Johannes Brahms, Richard Wagner and Gustav Mahler are famous around the world.
Germany is also known for its food and drink, with Munich home to the annual Oktoberfest, the world’s largest beer festival.
You will see architecture is strongly represented in cathedrals, castles and other public buildings, including Romanesque, Gothic, Classicist, Baroque, Rococo and Renaissance. One well-known example of classic German art is the Brandenburg Gate, a former city gate that is now used to symbolize Berlin's unity.
Art is everywhere and extremely important in France, particularly in Paris and other major cities. Gothic, Romanesque Rococo and Neoclassic influences can be seen in many churches and other public buildings.
The Impressionism movement was born in France, where many artists sought inspiration in Paris, including the renowned Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Camille Pissarro.
The French also pride themselves on being home to many popular high-end fashion houses, including Dior, Hermes, Louis Vuitton and Chanel. Many French people dress in a sophisticated, professional and fashionable style, with typical outfits including the recognisable beret.
The culture of Australia, similar to the US, has many influences from the UK. Several states and territories had their origins as penal colonies, with the first British convicts arriving at Sydney Cove in 1788. Stories of outlaws like the bushranger Ned Kelly have endured in Australian music, cinema and literature.
However, Aboriginal people are believed to have arrived as early as 60,000 years ago, and evidence of Aboriginal art in Australia dates back at least 30,000 years.
Australia has three architectural listings on UNESCO's World Heritage list that you could visit: Australian Convict Sites, the Sydney Opera House and the Royal Exhibition Building in Melbourne. Contemporary Australian architecture includes a number of other iconic structures, including the Harbour Bridge in Sydney and Parliament House, Canberra.