In recent years, studying abroad has become a very popular decisions for many students around the globe. Whether it is a semester, summer, year or a full degree exchange program, students are globalizing more than ever before. What has ended up happening as a result is that students have obtained a wonderful life experience from studying abroad that achieves a multitude of outcomes to include: achieving a better job when they come home, learning another language fluently, finding a spectacular new home complete with culture and local friends, a broadened international perspective, and the knowledge of how to adapt to new surroundings.

Most Popular Countries To Study Abroad

Country Number Of Foreign Students Popular Institutes
United States 784427 Boston University, Harvard University, and New York University
England 416693 University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, and London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
Australia 249868 Australian National University in Canberra, University of Melbourne, and University of Sydney
France 236349 Sciences Po, Université Paris-Sud, and Université de Strasbourg
Germany 196619 Freie University of Berlin, Humbolt University of Berlin, and Technical University of Munich
Japan 135803 Kyoto University, University of Tokyo, and Osaka University
Canada 135197 McGill University, University of Toronto, and University of British Columbia
China 96409 Tsinghua University, Peking University, and Fudan University
South Korea 55536 Konkuk University, Korea University, and Yonsei University
Switzerland 47412 ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Ecole Plytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and University of Zurich

Most Popular Faculties For Overseas Students

United States: Business, Engineering, and IT Programming.
England: Business, Finance, and Economics.
Australia: Arts & Humanities, Biology, and Sports & Physical Education.
France: Economics, Arts, and French/European Languages.
Germany: Engineering, Economics, and IT Programming.
Japan: Engineering, Japanese Language, and Business.
Canada: International Business, Economics, and Scientific Research.
China: Chinese Language, Educational Disciplines, and Engineering.
South Korea: Economics, Educational Disciplines, and Engineering.
Switzerland: Architecture, Engineering, and IT Programming.

Average Tuition By Country

Country Average Tuition
United States $18,943
England £11,987
Australia AUS$38,000
France EUR 1,800
Germany EUR 500
Japan ¥535,800
Canada CAD $6,000
China 135197 rmb
South Korea 9,615,960 won
Switzerland EUR 4,000

Popular Countries For Students To Study Abroad

Country Population
China 1.357 bn
India 1.252 bn
South Korea 50m
Germany 80m
Saudi Arabia 28m
Japan 127m
France 66m
United States 318.9m
Malaysia 30m
Vietnam 89m
Iran 77m

You can view many of these countries correlate with the list of countries with highest level of inequality.

Note: All data relates to stats from 2015. 

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Personal Experiences From Studying Abroad

Having studied and taught abroad many times myself, I have seen what these programs can provide to someone on a very personal level. For example, as a result of the programs that I did, I now speak four languages instead of my two native. Additionally, I have been hired to work all over the world as a result of the risk I took in studying abroad in France, Spain, Argentina, Chile, Sweden, Portugal, and South Korea. What this perspective gave me as a young American, was the chance to apply and be considered for a plethora of international opportunities that would have never surely crossed my path had I simply done the predicable route and study in America my whole academic career.

When I was first at my global escapades, it was something that was frowned upon or looked at as not valuable; however, I am elated to say that in recent years, these statistics are showing that cultures around the globe are embracing the importance of studying abroad. To date, the countries with the most students studying abroad are: the United States, England, Australia, France, Germany, Japan, Canada, China, South Korea, and Switzerland. Within these countries many students come to study Business, Economics, IT Programming, and Foreign Languages with the aspirations of bringing those skills to their home country.

What is fascinating about this data is where these students are primarily coming from to take study abroad opportunities. The countries sending the most students to study abroad are: China, India, South Korea, Germany, Saudi Arabia, France, United States, Malaysia, Vietnam, and Iran. As a result of this, there have been many international teaching jobs opened to those such as myself who wanted to find an entertaining way to live in many countries. Since many of these students are required to learn English at a University level, it is no surprise that schools have opened up all over the world providing English classes, which is wonderful for those English speaking students who were simply not quite done with their globe trotting.

Given the success of university and post-graduate study abroad programs, we have also began to see a trend of high school study abroad exchanges for one year. This has been a sensational addition to the study abroad experience that allows students to gain a global perspective at a younger age and to possibly learn another language.

On a personal note, studying abroad benefited my life in a tremendous way. It is wonderful to see so many diverse programs out there and also to see that so many international students are taking advantage of these opportunities.

Jacquelyn Vadnais in Zanzibar, Tanzania

This piece was written by Jacquelyn Vadnais.

Jacquelyn Vadnais is a global traveler, blogger, writer, author, and entrepreneur with a JD/MBA/LL.M degree. To date, she has visited 50 countries, lived in 8, and hopes to see a great deal more of the world.

Find her on Linkedin.


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