The Best Countries to Study Abroad 2020

The Best Countries to Study Abroad 2020
The Best Countries to Study Abroad 2020

Despite the historical trends that show Canada, United States and the United Kingdom to be the countries that attract the most international students each year.

The Best Countries to Study Abroad ranking draws from a global perception-based survey and ranks countries based on scores from a compilation of five equally weighted country attributes: culturally accessible, fun, has many cultural attractions,

would consider attending university there and a country that provides top-quality education. More than 8,500 adults under age 35 filled out surveys for the 2020 Best Countries rankings.



Flag of Thailand
Flag of Thailand

Thailand is a great choice for international study due to the famous Thai people’s friendliness and hospitality and the country’s rich culture and economic development. With a fascinating combination of tradition and modernism, and exotic scenery, Thailand welcomes more than 20,000 international students each year

GDP: $505.0 Billion
Population: 69.4 Million
GDP per capita: $19,484




Like most Latin American countries, Argentina prides itself on its fierce and passionate national identity. Urbanites will head straight to Buenos Aires’ capital, where they can immerse themselves in Latin American culture, either by attempting to dance the tango in one of many lively bars or by sampling the finest Argentine beef in the multitude of fine restaurants.

GDP: $518.5 Billion
Population: 44.5 Million
GDP per capita: $20,551


8.South Africa

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South Africa

With its multiethnic population, eleven national languages, and varied physical landscapes and wildlife, South Africa embodies diversity. Therefore, students who are trying to add a little adventure to their curriculum will find South Africa an ideal study abroad destination. Don’t miss out on climbing Table Mountain, exploring the famous Garden Route, or sunbathing on one of South Africa’s many gorgeous beaches!.

GDP: $368.3 Billion
Population: 57.8 Million
GDP per capita: $13,630



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For a country with a developing economy, Brazil has an impressive number of universities globally, many of which have climbed significantly in recent years. There are over 2,300 higher education institutions in Brazil that are recognized by Brazil’s Ministry of Education. So there are lots of attractive opportunities for international students who want to study in Brazil.

GDP: $1.9 Trillion
Population: 209.5 Million
GDP per capita: $16,146



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It may be small, but in higher education and research, Singapore is a big hitter. A whole series of global reports have recognized Singapore as a world leader in research and innovation over the past few decades.

Within this global competitiveness and innovation context, universities in Singapore are also gaining growing recognition, as Asian nations more generally strengthen their position in the global education market.

GDP: $364.2 Billion
Population: 5.6 Million
GDP per capita: $101,387



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The number of international students choosing to study in Turkey has witnessed a significant upsurge from the 2015-16 academic year. There are currently around 650,000 international students in Turkey, signalling its growing importance as a higher education destination.

Motivations for study in Turkey include the opportunity to gain a relatively inexpensive and good quality education, with opportunities for scholarships that also pay a monthly allowance, covering accommodation and tuition fees, health insurance and travel expenses.

GDP: $766.5 Billion
Population: 82.3 million
GDP per capita: 28,044


4. India

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India has traditionally been seen as a country that sends rather than receives international students. Still, many students from elsewhere are now choosing to study in India, with the country welcoming more than 30,000 international students every year.

GDP: $2.7 Trillion
Population: 1.4 Billion
GDP per capita: $7,859



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International students should find increasing levels of investment in tertiary education to be a compelling reason to study in Mainland China.

In 2012, China reached its target of spending 4 percent of GDP on education, while the number of colleges and universities has doubled in the last decade, now standing at around 2,900. The country’s current five-year plan, which extends to 2020, focuses on modernizing and strengthening its higher education system.

GDP: $ 13.6 Trillion
Population: 1.4 Billion
GDP per capita: $18,116


2.South Korea

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South Korea

South Korea has diverged considerably from its neighbour, developing into an internationally recognized Asian powerhouse in technology, education and tourism, to name but a few of its strengths. Embracing both tradition and modernity, this ‘Asian Tiger’ has much to offer international students, and ­­capital city Seoul is currently ranked among the world’s top 10 student cities.

Investment in education and research has been at the heart of South Korea’s growth into the world’s 11th largest economy and the fourth largest economy within Asia.

GDP: $1.6 Trillion
Population: 51.6 million
GDP per capita: $43,290


1.The United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates flag
United Arab Emirates flag

Studying in the United Arab Emirates can certainly have its benefits: sun, sea, sand, potential tax-free earnings after graduation.

Commonly shortened to UAE, the United Arab Emirates comprises seven states, or emirates (kind of like a much, much smaller version of the United States). As with states in the US, each emirate has some degree of independence, but there’s also a federal government. This is known as the Supreme Council of Rulers and comprises the seven emirs – the leaders of each emirate – who inherit their positions.

GDP: $414 Billion
Population: 9.6 million
GDP per capita: $69,222