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liveliest, most friendly University towns in europe?

Jul 31st, 2010, 06:00 PM
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P.S. Aarhus, Denmark, is a very lively university town. The students all seemed to be partying every night directly under our window at the CabIn Aarhus. Very attractive young people.
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Jul 31st, 2010, 06:29 PM
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Another vote for Montpellier. We spent a month there studying French and were very impressed by the friendliness and the entertainment. For the whole month of July, we had a choice of activities every night: free concerts (classical, jazz etc.), inexpensive wine-tastings. Always something going on. Plus, Montpellier offers some nice off-the-beaten-track day trips like the Aigues-Mortes.
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Jul 31st, 2010, 06:31 PM
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Pegontheroad, did you like CabInn Aarhus? we are considering staying there.
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Aug 1st, 2010, 04:01 AM
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Hi dt,

>welcoming for an American to study the local language and meet people.<

Well, considering your post, I get the feeling that the fun part is more important than the study part.

My suggestions are
Bologna, IT
London, UK
Aarhus, DK (You really want to learn to speak Danish?)

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Aug 1st, 2010, 04:14 AM
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Hmm, I'd pick Seville or Santiago in Spain, but they are not on your preferred list.
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Aug 1st, 2010, 05:03 AM
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Salzburg, Austria. I was an exchange student there and loved it!

Bologna, Italy.
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Aug 1st, 2010, 09:38 AM
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@ira : It's true Danish probably isn't the most useful language to learn. To tell you the truth I like the sound of Dutch much better although it's not very useful either!
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Aug 1st, 2010, 11:29 AM
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Cowboy, livelihood is a word but it means something different (earning a living). The word you are looking for is liveliness.
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Aug 1st, 2010, 11:55 AM
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@ PalenQ

There's a uni in Leuven (Dutch speaking) and in Louvain-la-Neuve (French speaking). Both are 30 km apart.
Gent is a great university city, too.
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Aug 1st, 2010, 01:46 PM
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Did I miss it or did no one say Perugia, Italy? It has 5 or 7 colleges including the one for strangers with its 3-month Italian immersion course. I know Italy wasn't your preferred country, but this place is special. Thus spake a 64 year old.

Montpellier would be my close second choice but I have only visited France and Italy so can't compare to the others noted above.

We met a young man in Marseille who was going to the Sorbonne in Paris but spending time in the summer (weeks? can't remember) in Cannes for language cramming session. Poor baby!
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Aug 1st, 2010, 04:24 PM
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Yes, Perugia and Parma are both great university cities. I just didn't see Italy on the OP's list of countries.
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Aug 1st, 2010, 06:40 PM
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I like cold weather, rain snow fog...that's one of the reasons I want to stay north.
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Aug 1st, 2010, 07:58 PM
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My relatives go to Abo (Turku) Finland. You could study Swedish and Finnish there. They also speak some English in Finland.

http://www.abo.fi/public/en/
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Aug 1st, 2010, 08:39 PM
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In Italy, Perugia, Padua (not as lively), Bologna, and--especially if off season--Venice!

But if you are willing to have Gaelic as your language: Galway! Youngest town in Europe, if memory serves.

I like St. Andrews or Oxford in the UK.
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Aug 2nd, 2010, 10:39 AM
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Might as well throw this into the mix: I'm very artistic/creative so if the city/town has that bent plus the attributes I've already mentioned I'll be in heaven!
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Aug 2nd, 2010, 11:09 AM
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Will Copernicus do? Consider Torun, a university town. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/torun http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicolaus_Copernicus
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Aug 2nd, 2010, 12:18 PM
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I'm not very interested in learning Polish though...aside from that the town looks wonderful.
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Aug 2nd, 2010, 12:27 PM
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How about Kraków? If I were young and in college, I'd go there just for the coeds. Come to think of it, that's why I chose San Diego State!

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Aug 2nd, 2010, 02:04 PM
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Now, Tom!
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Aug 2nd, 2010, 02:07 PM
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You might have warmer weather in Aix but we sure like Perugia. Met a kid from New Jersey who went there for language school and knew he couldn't leave for a while! He and a group of compatriots were running a bar, traveling and generally having more fun than parents might want to know about! My guess is that they are mid to late-20s.
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