Top 7 Study Abroad Destinations in 2020

Every country radiates a distinctive appeal. But it can be really challenging to choose between the best places to study abroad and the cost of living and tuition fees. While the options are limitless, the entire process can be extremely overwhelming. 

 IEC Abroad’s student councellors from all our global branches have sent in their data on what is the popular choices. Based on our experts recommendation here are the top 7 study destinations based on course requirements, budget, and career goals. 

 1. The UK

An all-time favourite, the UK remains one of the most preferred destinations for international students. Experience a multicultural environment and great choices of leading universities. Feel absolutely at home, when you study here. In 2018, the UK saw an influx of around 506,480 international students from across the globe. Home to the English language, students can even polish their language skills while getting to experience an amazingly rich history. All this makes UK come up at the top for best places to study abroad.

Top Universities in UK

  • University of Oxford
  • University of Cambridge
  • UCL or University College London
  • Durham University

 2. Ireland

It can be incredibly enriching when you study in Ireland. The Irish are friendly, hospitable, and society as a whole contributes to ease of adaptation by most students who venture into one of the most popular study abroad countries. With excellent work opportunities during and after your studies, Ireland, is one of the cheapest countries to study abroad, and is globally ranked for its high academic standards. It has been gaining in popularity and comes up as the answer to the where should I study abroad question.

With a 45 per cent increase between 2013 and 2017,  Ireland saw a big influx of non-EU students. Statistics indicate that currently around 18,500 students are admitted across universities in Ireland.

Top Universities in Ireland

  • University College Dublin
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • University College Cork
  • Dublin City University

3. USA

For several years now, the United States is considered as one of the leading study destinations across the globe. Besides its colourful cultural diversity, the country also offers flexible academic choices, enabling an ideal environment for international students. Education in the US is a continuous development process and allows students to rub shoulders with the best students in their fields of study. The country remains among the top 2 destinations for the best places to study abroad. In terms of numbers, it has the highest inflow of international students at 1,094,792. Apart from the ivy league universities like Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Yale and Stanford, the other dream universities are

Top Universities in the United States

  • Duke University
  • Columbia University
  • Brown University
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Rice University

4. Australia

Another favourite, Australia, with its endless beaches and azure waters, can be an enchanting study abroad destination. With its university degrees recognised worldwide, the country is the epitome of cultural diversity and currently stands at no.3 as the popular study destination for international students. Stats indicate 371,885 students registering themselves into Australian universities. 

Top Universities in Australia

  • The University of Sydney
  • University of Melbourne
  • UNSW Sydney, Kensington
  • Monash University, Melbourne

5. Germany

Undoubtedly, regarded as one of the best countries to study abroad, Germany is a go-to destination for those who are hard-pressed for money. A hub of European intellectual history, the state encompasses world-class universities and still provides its academics free. The cost of living and language can often be a hurdle for students coming from other countries. Several highly ranked universities in Germany saw at least 265,484 students enrolled in 2018.

Top Universities in Germany

  • Heidelberg University
  • Humboldt University of Berlin
  • University of Freiberg
  • Freie Universitat Berlin 

6. France 

Amongst many other attractions, France has the breath-taking French Rivera and the enchanting Notre-Dame Cathedral. Choose from over 3000 educational institutions across a prestigious educational system. Experience everything here, as the country is ranked #11 for adventure and #3 for culture. Around 343,386 International Students entered France in 2018.

Top Universities in France

  • Sorbonne Universite
  • PSL Research University
  • University of Paris-Sud
  • Ecole Polytechnique

7. New Zealand

With an international reputation of providing quality education to students, New Zealand offers a progressive education system and a safe place to study. Avail of excellent support services, along with some of the best study opportunities in New Zealand. At least 125,000 international students enrolled in NZ universities between 2016 and 2017. 

Top Universities in New Zealand

  • The University of Auckland
  • University of Otago
  • Auckland University of Technology (AUT)
  • University of Canterbury, Christchurch

 There are many more universities that are popular for specific courses and areas of study.  Find out more about courses at different universities. Else speak to our consultants to get  a free student profiling and comprehensive learning plans and the best answers to ‘where should I study abroad?’