Ten best countries to study abroad

Studying abroad is a great way to develop additional social, language and academic skills but choosing the perfect country for further studies can be a confusing task. Studying abroad can surely enhance your university years as well as gives you a competitive advantage when it comes to entering the real world and finding a good job.
If you are considering studying abroad, this article is for you as we have listed the ten best countries to study abroad.

1. Singapore

Singapore is the ideal higher education destination for international students because it has some of the famous top-ranking universities, a great booming economy and a student-friendly environment. Singapore has about 34 universities out of which six are national and two of them are renowned for the high-quality education they offer. Some of the top universities are Singapore Institute of Technology, Singapore Management University and National University Singapore.

2. United Kingdom

The UK has a wide variety of high-quality universities and is one of the top countries to study abroad. It is of no surprise that UK universities consistently rank among the top universities in the world. The country in general is a culturally diverse and welcoming place.

3. United States

Over 750000 international students attend university in the US every year. The choice of universities in the US is mind-boggling. With over 4000 universities scattered across the country, the US is a country that is not only home to the best Ivy league schools but also some of the top-ranking universities around the globe. These institutes offer a vast range of degrees that are accepted and recognized worldwide. Some of the top universities include Harvard University, Columbia University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Stanford University.

4. Canada

Canada tops the list of the best countries to study abroad. Many students opt for Canada to go for further studies because of its low tuition fees, standard of living and the high-quality education that the country offers. Studying in Canada is a lot cheaper than studying in USA, UK or Australia, the cost of living depends on the program you choose.

5. Australia

One of the important factors that motivates students to choose Australia for their further studies is their top-notch education system. Australia’s education system focuses more on the research-based work which helps the students to think outside the box and get more creative. Some of the top universities in Australia are University of Sydney, Australian National University (ANU) and The University of Melbourne.

6. Germany

Germany is one of the best countries to study abroad. This is because Germany offers free tuition to undergraduate students. Several students are drawn to the many pleasures of German culture and the world class education system. Not only in regards of education but Germany is a great place for academic internships with headquarters of some of the biggest multinational companies.

7. China

China is gaining much popularity as many students flock to study in cities like Hong Kong and Shanghai as it brings out the competitive advantage onto their resumes. Not only does China has the best universities for higher education but it is also the largest emerging economy in the world which gives the students a competitive edge in the job market.

8. Japan

Japan offers quite generous scholarship schemes for the international students. With the country offering low tuition fees and living costs, it has been seen that Japan’s international popularity rose in the recent years. Japan has some of the top-notch universities which are renowned for their programs in science, mathematics and technology. It also offers the world’s highest educational standards to its students.

9. France

While France is mostly known for its rich history, culture, art, fashion and fine cuisine, it is also a home to many students as the high education options are also accessible and prominent. France has over 260,000 international students and over 3000 institutes that offer top-notch high-quality education. Offering a vast variety of degree options, some may include art and design, business, health and well-being, information technology, computer science and much more. Studying in France is an option for everyone.

10. Russia

Many international students choose Russia as their higher studies destination because their diplomas are recognized in numerous countries worldwide. Higher education institutes offer hundreds of majors in Bachelors, Masters, internships, Postgraduate programs and much more. There are over 800 universities in about 82 regions of the country. In fact, several famous mathematicians, engineers and professionals in natural sciences have origins from Russia.

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QS World University Rankings 2020: US, UK Universities Reign Once Again

MIT makes record eight appearance at the top of QS World University Rankings, while British universities also succeeded in retaining the top ten positions; despite Brexit uncertainties. US universities dominated the list, securing five placements in the top ten, followed by the UK that secured four placements in the top ten higher education institutes of the world.

The annual QS ranking released on June 19 (Wednesday), ranks the top 1000 higher education institutes of the world and is regarded as the most prestigious and credible rankings for scholars, students and academia around the globe.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology MIT retained the number one spot yet again, scoring an overall score of 100, with full scores in academic reputation, employer reputation, faculty students and international faculty. Stanford University also succeeded in retaining second position, securing an overall score of 98.4 with full scores in academic reputation, employer reputation and faculty students.

Harvard University clinched third position and secured an overall score of 97.4. The University of Oxford jumped one spot, moving to the fourth position with full scores in academic and employer reputation. California Institute of Technology (Caltech) fell one spot, attaining fifth position in the QS world university rankings for 2020. Other universities in the top ten list included ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (sixth), the University of Cambridge (seventh), UCL (eight), the Imperial College London (ninth) and University of Chicago (10th). Just to add, Stanford, Harvard and Caltech held their ground and position on the ranking for the third successive year.

European Giants

Despite the uncertainties and hazy air about Brexit, the top prestigious higher education institutes in the United Kingdom managed to make their way in the top ten in this years ranking. Four universities secured a spot in the top four, further bolstering both the US and UK’s stature as the leading higher education dens in the world.

Oxford University jumped one spot and was placed fourth this year, moving up past California Institute of Technology. Cambridge, on the other hand, dropped one place to the seventh position in the QS rankings 2020. Besides the US and UK, there was only one other country appearing in the top 10; Switzerland. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) jumped one place, moving to sixth position in the QS World University Rankings 2020.  The institute performed well and secured staggering 98.7 for citations per faculty member and a complete 100 of 100 for international faculty. UCL secured  eight spot, while Imperial College London dropped to ninth. Moreover,  the UK managed to secure 84 placements in the top 1000 list.

Other prominent European universities in the list included EPFL – Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (18th), The University of Edinburgh (20th), King’s College London (33rd) and Delft University of Technology (50th).