Is it allowed to to travel from an islamic country to a non-muslim country where the majority are non-muslims (e.g. UK, USA) for the sake of studying?
(From Sunni's point of view)
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There are no restrictions on where you can study (or live). The only restriction there is, is that if you are living in an oppressed regime which do not allow you to practice your religion, you then should move out of that place. As Allah says in the Quran:
Indeed, those whom the angels take [in death] while wronging themselves - [the angels] will say, "In what [condition] were you?" They will say, "We were oppressed in the land." The angels will say, "Was not the earth of Allah spacious [enough] for you to emigrate therein?" For those, their refuge is Hell - and evil it is as a destination. [4:97]
Since countries like the UK, USA allow religious liberties (even Islamically speaking, much more than Islamic/Arabic countries).
The fact that there are many woman dressed badly in the Summer in schools, I doubt countries like many northern African countries are any different. It is up to you to lower your gaze. However, if you feel that you are yourself a weak person who can not handle being around people who are different, or easily impressionable or weak willed, you might want to stay in your country if you think it might negatively effect you.
Each person is different. I know many people who came to the US from third world countries, studied, thrived and some became rich and were able to hold on to their Muslim identity with a strong Muslim family. Some even hold on to their old traditions (from their countries) dress wise and social wise.