Where are there liberal arts colleges?
For students who want to attend an institution which explicitly and exclusively aligns itself with the liberal arts, a liberal arts college is the way to go. North America has the highest concentration of liberal arts colleges, and it’s where the modern-day version of a liberal arts education is most popular. Aspiring liberal arts students might begin their search here.
But some students might have other destinations they would prefer. Maybe they want to be closer to home, or don’t feel confident living in an English-speaking country. Whatever their reasoning, there are other options.
In fact, there are liberal arts colleges on every continent. Although there may not be as many options as in the USA, it’s an approach that’s growing in popularity.
A liberal arts college by any other name...
But remember, liberal arts colleges might not always have that explicit label. In the Netherlands, for example, there are liberal arts colleges which belong to larger universities, but are known as university colleges. There are also examples like John Cabot University and The American University of Rome whose names wouldn’t indicate that they are liberal arts colleges at all.
Students who hope to study in Asia have a handy resource in the Alliance of Asian Liberal Arts Universities (AALAU), where they can seek a college and programme that suits them.
There are also many dedicated liberal arts colleges within larger universities. Some famous examples include Harvard College and Yale College, both of which provide liberal arts education.
The subjects and approach will be very similar to those at a liberal arts college, so this might be a good idea for students who have a particular country or institution in mind. It’s also a way to get the student experience of being at a large-scale university (more on that later) while receiving a liberal arts education.
Ultimately, it’s important for students to research thoroughly, particularly if they have a specific destination in mind.