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The Best Places to Study Abroad

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Getting an international education is an opportunity many students seek. For those individuals wishing to study abroad, there is one question of prime importance: where is the best place to study as an international student? Of course, the answer depends on what exactly you are looking for in a study destination. Our list of the Best Places to Study Abroad takes a look at the highlights of popular study destinations:


The United States is a big country, and quite literally has a bit of everything – mountains, seas, deserts and bustling cities. It has thousands of institutions that accept international applicants, and students can always find the program right for them. Students will be able to choose between areas and cities that have different things to offer. Want sun all year round and endless entertainment and activities at your doorstep? Southern California has that. How about studying in a city that never sleeps? Then head on to New York. These are just some of the cities where you can choose to take your study abroad, but there are certainly more to explore. Though considered as one of the most expensive countries to get an education, this diversity makes the US a top study destination choice.

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United Kingdom

The United Kingdom is frequently named a top study destination, and for good reason. Its institutions are famous for their notable alumni – such as Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking and Mahatma Gandhi – and longstanding traditions. The UK is home to many large student cities that can be found throughout the country, from the Scottish Highlands to the financial hubs such as London. Though infamous for gloomy weather, the UK has a vibrant student life, and international students will find it a good location to explore the rest of the continent, as well as learn more about its culture, art and history. It continues to be part of the list this year as it consistently delivers on quality education and the study abroad experience.

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Considered as a global leader in education, Australia is chosen as a study destination primarily for the number and type of courses available in its many top quality institutions. In fact, it has approximately 22,000 courses in 1,100 institutions, making it quite likely that the educational field you are pursuing is covered. Australia is also popular for the lifestyle it offers, and even though it is considered to be more expensive to study and live there compared to other study destinations, it is for this reason that many still consider it. With some of the best beaches in the world, it definitely has a lot to offer in terms of outdoor activities and adventure. For students who give huge importance to having a balance between work and play, Australia is a great option.

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Academic excellence, reduced tuition fees and diversity – these three things are some aspects that potential international students should consider when choosing where to study abroad, and France has all three. A number of its universities consistently place well in worldwide rankings of educational institutions, and the country is known as a home to renowned business schools. Another reason why France is often chosen as one of the top study destinations is because of its culture and history. From Paris and Versailles to Bordeaux and Lourdes, there is always somewhere new to visit where students can learn outside the classroom.

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With highly regarded higher education institutions and modern learning and research facilities, Germany is also a frequent feature in lists for top study abroad destinations. It also offers a central location, making it a top choice for students who would also like to explore other countries as they pursue their education. Across the country there are a vast amount of institutions offering degrees to international students, with each city offering a range of culture, history and unique traditions.

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Though one of the most expensive places to live, Norway is proving to be an ideal location for taking undergraduate, postgraduate and study exchange programs. State-run institutions are tuition-free, and it is possible for some students to gain financial support. The country is a good choice for those interested in studying life sciences, development or humanities because of the volume of courses on offer. In addition to the quality of education available, Norway offers unique experiences to its visitors and residents – from the majestic fjords to the incredible Northern Lights, its natural beauty is unparalleled. Add to that the diversity found in most universities with international programs and you have yourself a top study abroad destination.

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Even though it’s geographically small and has only eight universities, Singapore is emerging as a top study abroad choice. It is considered as one of the leading education providers in Asia, and entrance into its universities programs can be quite competitive. Development in the country has pushed its position as a forerunner in international education. Aside from top quality courses and programs, many individuals choose to study here for its connection to the rest of the continent. Truly, the country can be a gateway to its neighbours, famous for backpacking and budget destinations. These and its increasing popularity among international students places it on the list of best places to study abroad.

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With several of its universities ranking year after year in the Top Universities in the World, it should come as no surprise that the Netherlands remains to be a top study destination. The cost of living and studying in the Netherlands is fair, and it offers a great number of things to see and do as you get your education. Its cities are cultural and historical hubs that offer a look into the country’s traditions and past. It is also located centrally for those who want to explore other European countries such as Belgium, France, Germany and the UK. Because of its high quality education, low costs, cultural offerings and open social environment, the Netherlands definitely continues to be a top study destination.

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As home to some of the oldest educational institutions in the world, Italy is known for its longstanding academic excellence and handful of prestigious institutions. Its universities are renowned in many different fields, ranging from medicine and architecture to economics and humanities. The beautiful country is known for its cuisine and fine wine, but it certainly offers more than that. Culture and tradition are very much alive and can be seen in its cities as well as the countryside. The rich cultural experience it offers makes it very enticing for students, especially those who want to see for themselves the famous attractions in the country, which include the Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Canals of Venice and many more.

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The Programme for International Student Assessment once rated Finland as the best country in the world from where to receive an education, and it is proven in the quality and quantity of educators in the country. The fact that higher education is subsidised by the government also plays a role why it is chosen as a study destination. Just as Finland is starting to emerge as a tourist destination, it is also starting to gain traction among international students who want to get top quality education. Because of this, entrance into its universities’ programs may be quite competitive, and those who do get in are able to experience the country’s interesting culture and weather as well as its open and hospitable society.

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The decision of where to study abroad can be daunting, but with the right amount of research, you can make a well-informed decision. Always keep in mind the things that are important to you, whether it be costs, availability of courses, culture and tradition or something else, as these should guide you in choosing which study destination would be perfect for you. Start your search on StudyLink with our destination guides and course search!

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