We have compiled a list of the most popular study destinations worldwide in 2018 according to the research by IIE.
10. Spain – 109,522 International Students
Spain is becoming an increasingly popular destination for International Students to choose to study in for many reasons. One is that the education system is very well-organised and straight forward. Another is that the cost of living in Spain is cheaper than most of its European counterparts. A key reason is also the beautiful year-round weather, which goes perfectly with the gorgeous Spanish beaches. Spain has a lot of rich history to explore, and a huge party culture so there is something there for everyone!
9. Japan – 188,384 International Students
Japan has always been a popular destination with students. It is often seen as the epicentre of technological innovation, and so is popular with students interested in science and technology. Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and the health service is very inexpensive, and so it is pretty safe there. The food is amazing, the culture is so interesting, and the landscape is endless.
8. Germany – 265,484 International Students
Germany has a wide selection of highly ranked Universities and promises strong employability. It also offers a great deal of their degrees as low, or sometimes no, cost! It has a long and rich cultural heritage and a fantastic art scene.
7. Russia – 313,089 International Students
Russia values education very highly, and around 54% of its population have or are studying degrees. The country is so large that there is so much to explore. One half of Russia is very European, whilst the other has strong Asian influences. Russia is a very modern country, however, its values are traditional and so this mix is otherworldly. It is becoming more and more popular over the years and is definitely one to consider.
6. France – 343,386 International Students
France is one of those countries where you can go skiing in the morning, and then have a vineyard tour at sunset. It is so vast and has so many fantastic regions, each with their own identity and culture. The education costs are very reasonable compared to other top destinations, and it is the home of some of the world’s largest corporate brands.
5. Canada – 370,710 International Students
In Canada, you can polish up your English skills as well as your French, as these are the two leading languages. Canada is often voted as one of the top countries for quality of life and happiness of its citizens, and has a low crime rate. It proudly boasts some of the very best Universities in the world.
4. Australia – 371,885 International Students
Australia is always one of the top destinations for International Students to want to study in. It has low living and tuition costs, and often offer scholarships which help to lower prices even further. They allow students to work a lot with their student visas. Australia has beautiful landscapes, great weather, lovely beaches and a big party culture, and so it is very popular for students.
3. China – 489,200 International Students
China’s rate of International Students is the fastest-growing one in the world. It has more highly rated Universities than even Canada and Australia. Most Universities in China teach solely in English, and so it is a great opportunity to brush up your English skills. China offers plenty of scholarships as well to help with the costs. It is so vast, has great food, and an interesting culture.
2. United Kingdom – 506,480 International Students
The United Kingdom is known for having some of the best universities in the world and boasts a strong employability rate. Though tuition fees are high, the courses are only three years (as opposed to four like the USA). The UK has a fantastically rich history and is one of the most diverse countries in the whole of the world. Plus, it is the home of the English language, giving you the perfect opportunity to hone your language skills.
1.United States – 1,094,792 International Students
From New York to LA, Florida to Seattle, America is one of the most expansive and diverse countries in the entire world. It is home to some of the very best universities. Though the cost of studying and living in America can be tear-jerkingly high, the freedom to explore and the sheer quality of the courses is surely worth it.