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What are the best countries to study abroad in?

There is a whole world of opportunity out there — so, how do you decide where to go when you’re thinking of studying abroad? It’s a big decision and it’s important to understand all your options before you start your journey. Read on to discover the best countries to study abroad in and how we can help you get there.

1. USA

The USA is the number one destination for international students (QS World University Rankings 2023). It’s widely known for having some of the best universities in the world, so it’s not hard to see why it’s such a popular choice.
Not only can you gain a highly respected degree from a university offering state-of-the-art facilities, academic excellence, and high salary potential for graduates, but you can also have fun doing it! The US “college experience” is famous around the world for its school spirit, top-level sports, and extra-curricular opportunities.

The USA is the #1 destination for international students worldwide

Nearly 20% of all study abroad students

choose the USA as their destination

Over 1 million international students 

were enrolled in higher education in the USA in 2020

16 of the top 25 universities in the world are in the USA

(Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2023)

US universities tend to focus on career readiness and ensuring their graduates have the work experience and skills they need to thrive in the world of work. One of the benefits of choosing to study abroad in the USA is Optional Practical Training. This is a scheme that allows you to work in the USA for up to 3 years after your studies — an exciting way to start your career!

Study at one of our partner universities in the USA

2. UK

More than half a million international students come to the UK to study. They’re attracted by the globally renowned universities, the diverse culture and history, and the opportunities a UK university degree can bring.
From ancient castles in Nottingham and York to buzzing multicultural communities in London, the UK has so much to offer, making it one of the best countries to study abroad in. In addition to exploring the UK, you’ll have easy access to the rest of Europe — with a whole continent on your doorstep, you can tick off your bucket list in no time!

17% of the world’s top 100 universities are in the UK

QS World University Rankings 2023

5 Kaplan partner universities in the top 20 most-targeted by employers

High Fliers Research 2023

The UK is known for having a world leading economy, with many of the top, highest-paying companies basing their offices there. Thanks to this proximity, UK universities often have strong connections to these organisations, making students more likely to gain work experience and build a career within these networks.
Additionally, the Graduate Route Visa is a fantastic opportunity as it gives international students the chance to live and work in the UK for 2 years after graduation.   

Study at one of our partner universities in the UK

3. Australia

Australia is known around the world for its high standard of living. Natural beauty spots, vibrant cities and a laid-back atmosphere all add up to create a quality of life that is appealing to international students.
It’s the 3rd most popular English-speaking country for international students (Times Higher Education) and has the highest concentration of international students in the world (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)! This means you can meet people from around the world and enjoy a diverse, international study environment.

6 of the world’s top 50 cities for students are in Australia

QS Best Student Cities 2023

4 of Australia’s universities are among the world’s top 50 institutions 

QS World University Rankings 2023

When you’re not exploring everything that this vast country has to offer, you can study at one of its world-class universities. Australian universities have a strong global reputation for research. For example, 95% of the University of Newcastle’s research is at or above world standard (Excellence in Research Australia, 2018). The effect of this leading research is that teaching on your university degree will be informed by cutting-edge knowledge.

Study at one of our partner universities in Australia

4. New Zealand

If you like adventure, then New Zealand has got to be one of the best countries to study abroad in. From mountains and fjords to beaches, forests and waterfalls, the country gives you a spectacular backdrop to your international studies.

Almost 40,000 overseas students in New Zealand  

in 2021

5,000 international students from 100+ countries 

enrol at Massey University each year

New Zealand is considered a very welcoming place where people of all backgrounds can feel at home, thanks to its friendly and diverse population. The people of New Zealand are known for being open-minded and everything from the language to cuisine is multicultural. The indigenous Māori culture is still a strong part of society, so you can learn a lot about the country’s history through its traditions.  
The thriving international student community paired with the country’s diversity means students from across the world can feel included and find a sense of belonging while studying in New Zealand.  

Start your journey to studying abroad

If you can see yourself living in one of the best countries to study abroad in, then we can help you get there.  
For more information on our university partners across the USA, UK, Australia and New Zealand, please get in touch with our education advisors who will be happy to guide you through your study options.

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