9 Celebrities Who Studied Abroad Will Inspire You to Get an International Bachelor's

If you are flirting with the idea of doing a Bachelor’s abroad, here’s something that might influence your decision. Many celebrities you love took this step when they were your age and are now role models whose example you can follow. 

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1. Alexander Skarsgard

Born in a family of Swedish actors, Alexander Skarsgard proved that even cold blood is hot in the famous HBO series “True Blood” (2008). But before he became famous, the actor decided to get an international education and studied both in the UK and the U.S.

He first went to Leeds Metropolitan University. 7 years later, the actor decided it’s time for another upgrade and took a theatre course at Marymount Manhattan College in the U.S. If you want to follow in his footsteps, consider some of these study options in the U.S. and the UK.

2. Vera Wang

Iconic fashion designer Vera Wang knew that if anything says fashion than that’s Paris. So, she did her first undergraduate year at the University of Paris Sorbonne, and returned to Sarah Lawrence College in New York to finish her degree.

Moving from fashion editor to designer, Vera Wang is now worth over 1 billion dollars. Who knows, maybe one day you could be her, so why not take a look at the next study options in France:

3. Olivia Wilde

Born in the U.S. but half- Irish, Oliva Wilde used her studies abroad to discover her Irish Heritage. She went to Dublin, Ireland to study acting. It looks like it paid off as one year later she joined the cast of the famous TV series "House".

Hers is a good example of how you can use your studies to discover your own heritage. Don’t worry, you can still study in Ireland even if you’re not half-Irish. Here’s what you can check out:

4. Mathew McConaughey

He made us smile in comedies like "Magic Mike" and made us cry in "Dallas Buyers Club" (which F.Y.I brought him an Oscar). But he was also adventurous enough to study a year in Australia as an exchange student.

A clever choice to make, as there are so many attractive study options in Australia. Here are some that might inspire you as well:

5. Diana, Princess of Wales

Who hasn’t heard of UK’s Princess Diana? But before Diana stole British people’s hearts she also received top-of-the-class education in Switzerland where she attended Institut Alpin Videmanette.

Looks like even the blue bloods have a sense of adventure. Care to join them? Here are the most popular Bachelor’s studies disciplines in Switzerland.

6. Bradley Cooper

Let’s say it now, Bradley Cooper is a bit of a heartbreaker. From his humour in the "Hangover" to his intriguing characters in "Silver Linings Playbook" (2012) and "American Hustle" (2013), he always manages to charm us. 

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This American actor was not afraid to take a leap of faith and spend half a year in Aix-en-Provence, France, as an exchange student. If France is a study destination you fancy, here are some of the most sought-after digress international students pursue here:

7. Geena Davis

Perhaps more popular with your parents thanks to the 1991 movie "Thelma and Louise", American actress Geena Davis was an exchange student in Sweden in her youth, which helped her become fluent in Swedish (and that’s no easy language).  Nowadays, Sweden is a popular destination for international students interested in:

8. Emma Watson

"Harry Potter" series actress Emma Watson was born and raised in the UK. Already a famous actress, Watson decided to study English Literature at Brown University in the U.S. We still wish she would have studied magic, but we’re happy for her. International Bachelor’s students who choose to study in the U.S. usually head towards disciplines like:

9. Dan Brown

Did you see the movies "Da Vinci’s Demons" or "Inferno"? Well, before they were movies, they were books by bestselling American author Dan Brown. To polish his writing skills Brown didn’t hesitate to take an Art History course at the University of Seville, Spain. Now we know why he hides his plot clues in artworks. What you can also study in Spain, if you’re not the writer type is:

Become the next international celebrity

Feeling motivated by these study-abroad experiences of celebrities? There’s no reason why you could not be featured in such a list a few years from now. So be bold and start living your dream now by choosing to do an international Bachelor’s. 

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