Studying abroad is something every student dreams of. An overseas education is a great way to develop additional social, academic and language skills while adding an unparallaled depth to your university experience. Also, an international study experience is something that makes one stand out from the crowd and also gives a competitive edge when it comes to job prospects.
So if you are considering completing all or some of your university experience abroad, and still haven’t been able to decide on your destination, don’t worry we have you covered. Here’s presenting a summary of the best countries to study abroad (in no particular order).
- United Kingdom (UK): It is almost impossible to beat the UK when it comes to higher education. It has 27 universities in the Top 200 QS World University Rankings 2018, 4 of them in the Top 10. This data only puts UK as a world leader in international higher education in the present era. The fact that it has 4 universities in the Top 10 is the testament of its quality. And why wouldn’t they? Universities in the UK are constantly monitored and evaluated to ensure they offer the highest standards of teaching, learning and research set by the government. Another advantage of studying in the UK is that international students will be charged the same fee as British students. Therefore it is of no wonder when students from all over the world congregate here. UK is home to the largest number of foreign students in Europe. The UK owes much of it’s foreign contingent to countries like India, Pakistan, Hong Kong, China, UAE etc.
- United States of America (USA): If you thought UK’s tally of 27 universities in the Top 200 QS World University Rankings 2018 is impressive, wait till you hear about American universities. USA’s representation in the rankings is nothing but mind boggling. 5 in Top 10 (including the Top 4), 31 universities in Top 100 and 47 universities make it to the Top 200 rankings. Although I am not implying US universities are better here, I am just trying you to give you an idea of the sheer number of world class options you will get in the US of A.
The choice of universities on offer in the US are just beyond words. From internationally renowned Ivy League institutions to hubs of innovation and cutting edge technology, the US has it all. The popularity and magnetic attraction of USA on international students can be summed up from the fact that over 9,00,000 students sign up to study in the country, despite high costs involved. Also did I mention that you can also switch universities, if you want a change in scenery?
- Australia: Destination Australia is called the ‘Land of Dreams’. Simply put Australia is one of the most popular places for international students. The sandy beaches, year around sunshine and relaxed outdoor lifestyle being the cherry on the cake.
Ok coming to the main topic, Australia has 9 universities in the Top 200 QS World University Rankings 2018. The approach of Australian universities to technical and vocational education has a lot to do with this. Also the Aussies adapt to new technologies faster than other countries. English being the primary language ensures international students do not find any problems fitting in. Another reason Australia being so popular is the qualifications offered by its universities are recognized globally. Not only that, cost of living is also less than USA and the UK.
- Canada: Canada is one of the most sought after destinations for international students. With lower crime rates and being one of the safest countries on the planet makes it one of the most desirable. And the fact that Canada has 7 Universities on the Top 200 rankings, you know why students flock to this country for their education. Canada’s education system is recognised globally for its quality and ranks amongst the very best in the world.
- Japan: If zen like architecture, high tech gadgets and sushi is your thing, then Japan might be your dream destination. Apart from this, Japan also offers 9 Universities in the Top 200 of the QS World University Rankings. Japan offers students a wonderfully rich culture to explore. Japan is at the cusp of modern conveniences. From super fast bullet trains to buddhist temple, the country has it all. So it doesn’t matter whether you are a manga fan or a samurai warrior, Japan has something in store for everyone.
- South Korea: With 7 of its universities in the Top 200, South Korea is another great place to study. Its capital Seoul itself is home to 14 internationally rated universities. And who wouldn’t like a job with the likes of Samsung and Hyundai, after your education gets over? On a lighter note, if you loved Gangnam Style, you’ll love being here, the heart of K-Pop culture. Also South Korea is constantly rated one of the most innovative places to study, and we believe its education contributes a lot in that.
- Germany: As one of the superpowers of the EU, Germany has more to offer than just the Oktoberfest. German universities are universally acclaimed. The testimony to this fact is that the country is represented by 11 universities in this years Top 200 rankings. While the quality of German education was never in doubt, its popularity among international students stems from the fact that it lets you study for free or negligible tuition fees. Here you can get a degree from an internationally rated institution without breaking the bank. Also after completing your degree you have the provision of staying back in Germany for 18 months for job searching, keeping in line with your qualification.
- France: Romantic Paris consistently tops lists of best cities for students. The vibrant night life, thriving cultural scene, French rivieras makes students fall in love with France. And we aren’t even going to the fashion and culinary adventures here. Add to that 5 universities in the Top 200 along with almost negligible tuition fees, you have something which is too good to be true. Programs are available in diverse locations from cosmopolitan Paris to medieval Avignon, with options in either French or English. Also you get to decide how challenging your next semester will be. Sounds good right?
- Hong Kong: One of the world’s most densely populated areas, Hong also boasts one of the planet’s most impressive concentrations of internationally ranked universities, with five representatives in the Top 200 QS World University Rankings 2018. It is home of both the highest-ranked Asian university in the QS World University Rankings (Hong Kong University at 26) and the number one university in the 2012 QS University Rankings: Asia (the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology), Hong Kong is truly an higher educational powerhouse.
- Singapore: It may be small, but in the realms of higher education and research, Singapore is a big hitter. Singapore epitomises quality and not quantity. The country is represented by only two universities in the Top 200 rankings. However both of them happen to be in Top 20. There are 34 universities in Singapore, of which six are national. The two best-known, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), each offering courses in a wide range of subjects to their student populations of over 30,000 each.
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