The mystical art of astrology is almost as old as human civilization. Its staying power has not faded in our data-driven times. If anything, astrology is making a comeback in pop culture. Maybe it’s because we still thirst for deeper meaning despite the daily torrent of information we try to absorb. Or maybe we just find what the stars and planets tell us about ourselves fun and funny. (Let’s go with that last one.)

Each astrological sign represents personalities that could be well-suited for a specific place to study abroad. With so many stunning destinations to consider, it can be tough to choose one. If you’re having trouble picking where to study abroad, why not let the stars decide?

Whether you find horoscopes profound or suspect, we hope you find some inspiration and humor in our (totally unprofessional) astrological recommendations for where to study abroad. Results may vary.

Aries (March 21-April 19): As the first sign of the zodiac, you’re the leader of the pack (or shall we say, the rams). You’re a fiery go-getter who loves to take charge, so we suggest spending a year immersed in the warm vibrancy of Argentina. You’ll love dancing the tango—and yes, we know you’ll want to lead.

Taurus (April 20—May 20): You’re a nurturing and earthy type with an eye for beauty, which is why you’re destined to study abroad in a place like ChileIcelandIreland, or Switzerland. You’ll feel right at home in all the natural wonders. And, you’re practical and determined to make it happen.

Gemini (May 21—June 20): Of course you’re having trouble deciding on a study abroad program—indecision is kind of your thing, Gemini. As an airy and adaptable intellectual, you’ll love Germany, an epicenter for intellectual and artistic pursuits. Or, if you’d rather do a short summer program, try Czech Republic Global Prep, which explores Bohemian art, architecture, and history.

Cancer (June 21-July 22): Oh watery Cancer, your sensitive and emotional soul needs a year in France to feel all the feelings in a café like Sartre. Or, pick an impactful Global Prep trip to satisfy your passion for human rights, sustainable development, or environmental conservation.

Leo (July 23-August 22): You’re a lion. You’re powered by the sun. You can go anywhere. But really, sun-soaked Italy and Spain, with their loyal friendships and swaggers would probably be great for you.

Virgo (August 23—September 22): Chances are you’re modest, reliable, fastidious, and maybe even a little conservative. Japan’s traditional emphasis on saving face, respecting elders, keeping tidy would probably be perfect for you. Plus, you might just break out of your mold among Japan’s many youth-driven, pop subcultures.

Libra (September 23—October 22): You’re all about fairness, balance, and harmony. Your calm, cool, and collected approach to life means you’ve got to study abroad in Ghana. Did you know Accra was named Africa’s “Capital of Cool” by the New York Times? It’s meant to be!

Scorpio (October 23—November 21): Passionate, intense, and complex are just three words to describe you. You need adventure and you need it now! We think Brazil with all its festivals, celebrations, and Samba music will be more than enough to entice you.

Sagittarius (November 22—December 21): You’re a roaming spirit with true wanderlust! We defy anyone to try and tie you down, which is why we see you in New Zealand or Australia, hiking to the nearest beach, spending time outdoors, and being at one with nature.


Capricorn (December 22—January 19): There’s nobody more hardworking or ambitious than you! You love a good challenge, so we know Hong KongFinlandJapanthe Netherlands would be great fits for you. With some of the best and most challenging education systems in the world, you’ll rise to the occasion and you’ll do it with style.

Aquarius (January 20—February 18): You are a humanitarian at heart with a hunger for travel. Your destiny in life is to help other people, so check out our impactful Global Prep programs (especially Hungary: Inclusion and Equality and New Zealand: Sustainability and the Environment) to learn more about becoming a changemaker and global citizen.

Pisces (February 19—March 20): Much like water, you are adaptable and changeable. You feel very deeply and experience the widest array of human emotions at any given time. Someone like you needs somewhere peaceful to think, like Norway or Costa Rica.

But actually – if you’re not sure where or when to go, give us a call or shoot us an email at [email protected] or 1-800-AFS-INFO. It’s a big decision, and you might not want to let the stars and planets make it for you.