Some of the most influential, powerful and famous people on the planet have undertaken a study abroad programme. Many describe it as a defining point in their life which shaped their future career. We thought you would be interested in reading which of your favourite celebrities have studied abroad. After your study abroad programme could you go on to become a Hollywood A-lister or even the next president of the United States!
American actress, singer and food writer and arguable one of the most famous actresses in the world. When she was 15 Gwyneth spent a year as an exchange student in Spain and learnt to speak Spanish. She said the experience ‘changed her life’ and still regards Spain as her second home.
Bradley Cooper has been nominated for an academy award, voted Sexiest Man Alive by People Magazine and is listed as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time Magazine. During his studies Bradley spent six months as an exchange student in Aix-en-Provence in France and became fluent in French. While promoting The Hangover Part II he gave an interview entirely in French.
He is reported as saying when he was a child watching Chariots of Fire and learnt that French is the official language of the Olympics and thought ‘Man, that sounds so cool. I want to learn French.’
American actor and producer with an eclectic acting career from horror to hard hitting dramas and romantic comedies, Matthew was originally planning to become a lawyer. He changed to acting and ironically his big break came as playing lawyer Jake Brigance in the 1996 film 'A Time to Kill'.
With a passion for adventure, during his degree at the University of Texas in Austin, Matthew lived in New South Wales Australia as a Rotary exchange student back in 1998. He has said ‘I always had a wanderlust for travelling and I wanted to take a year off to go take an adventure, and it was’.