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Top 10 best Asian countries to study abroad - 2020 rankings

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This year’s survey reached 10,000 responses from students across 181 countries who are currently thinking about studying overseas. Using the top reasons for studying abroad, ranked by students who prioritize finding the right destination country over program or school, we’ve created our ranking of the best places in Asia to study abroad in 2022!

And that what is considered the most important factors when choosing a study abroad destination are the following 7 factors:

  1. To achieve my career goals
  2. To develop myself personally
  3. To experience a new culture or lifestyle
  4. To access higher quality teaching
  5. To have an adventure
  6. To make new friends or widen my professional network
  7. To learn a new language

See more:

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Top 10 Places in Asia to Study Abroad – 2022

 

10. India


  • Ranked #35 in the world
  • To learn a new language – ranked #3 in Asia
  • To experience a new culture or lifestyle – ranked #6 in Asia

Do you dream about the gleaming marble of the Taj Mahal? Or perhaps the laid-back beaches of Goa along the Arabian sea are more your style? Whether you prefer hiking the Himalayas or visiting wildlife sanctuaries, peaceful islands or bustling cities, yoga getaways or an absolute adventure - India has you covered. As festivals are at the heart of this spiritual country, opportunities to see Indian culture at its finest are plenty. Partake in the ancient festival of Holi, also known as the Festival of Colours, and don’t miss Diwali, the Festival of Lights, which celebrates the victory of good over evil. India is also extremely multicultural, with many regional differences and 22 separate official languages. Yet, studying anywhere in India means that your daily curries are accompanied by life-changing experiences in a country known for its marked contrasts and deep cultural heritage. Expect the unexpected and enjoy all that India has to offer!

 

9. Indonesia


  • Ranked #31 in the world
  • To learn a new language – ranked #1 in Asia
  • To make new friends/widen my professional network – ranked #3 in Asia

Home to more than 17,000 islands and a fifth of the world’s coral reefs, Indonesia’s natural beauty will blow you away. Step into a boat and witness wild Komodo dragons, hike the volcanic Mount Bromo at sunrise, and dive underwater into an old shipwreck swarming with exotic marine life. A variety of ornate temples are scattered throughout the islands, including the world‘s largest Buddhist temple, Borobudur. Do you love cuisine with fresh herbs and vibrant spices? Head into a warung for some nasi goreng and satay that will light up your tastebuds. Or, sip on a cup of velvety Indonesian coffee. The 700 languages spoken across the islands makes Indonesia the world’s second most linguistically diverse nation, and in our own ranking, the best place in Asia to learn a new language. So, pack your swimsuit and begin a bright future at one of many excellent universities in Indonesia.

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8. Turkiye

 

  • Ranked #30 in the world
  • To access higher-quality teaching – ranked #4 in Asia
  • To have an adventure – ranked #2 in Asia

Want to study in the land where Europe and Asia meet? Turkiye is a history buff’s dream. Stroll through the ruins of an ancient empire in Ephesus and duck into the underground cities of Anatolia, or admire the otherworldly beauty of rock-cut churches in Cappadocia from a hot-air balloon. Explore the Mediterranean and Aegean Coasts for a chance to dive into crystal blue waters, and admire a medieval fortress in Bodrum built with stones from one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. As a cultural melting pot, find Greek, Roman, Byzantine, Ottoman, and modern Turkish influences intertwined throughout the cities, especially in Istanbul. A fusion of culture is also reflected in the cuisine, taking traditional elements from a multitude of regions to create dishes such as mantidolma, and lokum, or Turkish Delight. Visit open-air markets and bazaars for fresh produce and spices to try cooking these delicacies yourself, and have a chat with the hospitable locals while you’re at it. Make sure you leave time for the hamam after long days of studying! Yakında görüşürüz!

 

7. United Arab Emirates


  • Ranked #29 in the world
  • To access higher-quality teaching – ranked #5 in Asia
  • To make new friends/widen my professional network – ranked #8 in Asia

The United Arab Emirates is a tiny country with a big personality, thriving on a fusion of tradition and modernity. This tantalizing mix in the Persian Gulf is never short of flashy, unique experiences. While English is spoken, you will also encounter Arabic, Farsi, Urdu, and many more languages in each Emirate as you wander through traditional souks and get to know the welcoming Emirati people. The Emirate of Abu Dhabi is by far the largest, with famous sights such as the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, an architectural masterpiece. However, Dubai might be the most famous. Ever wanted to get lost inside a shopping mall that feels like a small city? Or watch the sunset from the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa? If you prefer a slower pace of life, escape to the Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah for breathtaking beaches, historical ruins, and rich cultural heritage. Whether you head on a desert safari in the rolling dunes of the Liwa Desert or bathe in the sunshine and opulence of Dubai with a refreshing jallab in one hand and shawarma in the other, you’re bound to have an incredible time.

 

6. Singapore

 

  • Ranked #28 in the world
  • To have an adventure – ranked #6 in Asia
  • To acheive career goals – ranked #2 in the world

The cultural, linguistic, and ethnic diversity of Singapore makes for a truly global experience. Cool off under futuristic vertical gardens shading famously clean streets, and admire the mix of architecture - from sustainable green structures to modern Art Deco to traditional Peranakan-era shophouses. The Singaporean culinary landscape holds a similar array of diversity and a true passion for food. Dine at one of many world-class restaurants, 48 of which have at least one Michelin star, or check out hawker centers like the Lau Pa Sat for local takes on Chinese, Malay, and Indian cuisines. Ready to start your career? Though there are four official languages, English, Mandarin, Malay, and Tamil, English dominates the business world - making Singapore the top country in Asia for international students to achieve their career goals. With lucrative wages, superior work conditions, top-notch universities, and a prosperous economy, Singapore is truly a no-brainer for students and workers alike.

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5. Thailand

 

  • Ranked #27 in the world
  • To have an adventure – ranked #3 in Asia
  • To experience a new culture or lifestyle – ranked #7 in Asia

Interested in living in a lush, sunny paradise? Thailand’s popularity can be attributed to virtually everything about this country. Relax on the serene beaches of Koh Pha Ngan and Krabi, visit one of 40,000 uniquely magnificent Buddhist temples, watch elephants traverse through the jungle in Khao Yai National Park, and discover ancient archaeological sites in Sukhothai and Kamphaeng Phet. Make a city like Bangkok your headquarters for tons of events, hidden markets, and great nightlife that won’t break the bank. Follow your nose towards street vendors for a taste of aromatic pad thaitom yam goong, and massaman curry. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing yoga retreat in Pai, crazy nights out in Phuket, or unsurpassed diving in the Surin Islands, Thailand has something for you. You’ll never feel alone when surrounded by the smiling Thai locals and a cosmopolitan mix of people from all over the world.

 

4. Malaysia


  • Ranked #23 in the world
  • To make new friends/widen my professional network – ranked #6 in the world
  • To learn a new language – ranked #2 in Asia

Bordering several other Southeast Asian nations by land and sea is Malaysia, a fascinating and diverse country. Are you hooked on city life? Kuala Lumpur will keep you occupied. Find panoramic views from the observation deck of Menara Kuala Lumpur, gaze skywards for views of Jamek Mosque and Thean Hou Temple, and sample Nasi Kandar from a local street vendor at the Hutong market or on Alor Street. Marvel at the limestone temples carved into the cliffs of the Batu Caves just outside the city. Chinese culture is closer than you think, with authentic cuisine in the vibrant Chinatown of Penang. More of a nature-lover? Trek through lush tea plantations in the Cameron Highlands, or appreciate the incredible biodiversity of flora and fauna in the region while hiking Mount Kinabalu. Language is no barrier with English being a popular second language to Malay, Chinese, and Tamil, and it’s easy to feel at home with the friendly locals. What are you waiting for?

 

3. South Korea


  • Ranked #22 in the world
  • To experience a new culture or lifestyle – ranked #4 in Asia
  • To access higher-quality teaching – ranked #2 in Asia

The Korean wave is here to stay. With BTS and Squid Game becoming some of the top global phenomenons of last year, it’s no surprise that South Korea has risen on our list as a top destination. This country holds some of the highest-quality education in the region, and much more beyond! Make sure you take your hiking shoes, as mountains cover 70% of the country. Whether the trees are showcasing fiery autumn leaves or delicate cherry blossoms, it is always a stunning sight. Seoul is a must-visit and a never-ending source of entertainment. Learn about the Joseon dynasty and the DMZ, explore traditional Korean homes in the Bukchon Hanok Village, try out bibimbapkimchi, and soju, and spend your evening partying in Gangnam or Hongdae. Would you rather spend time near the ocean? Life will greet you warmly in the hilly and colorful summer capital of Busan. Visit Jeju Island to experience stunning beaches and quirky museums on Korea’s own tropical volcanic getaway. 가자!

 

2. China

 

  • Ranked #16 in the world
  • To access higher quality education – ranked #1 in Asia
  • To experience a new culture or lifestyle – ranked #3 in Asia

China is truly a country that makes you feel small. With the cultural heritage of one of the world’s most ancient civilizations and an extensive geographical spread, the sights and sounds of China would take a lifetime to explore. From the Great Wall of China to ancient palaces in the Forbidden City, and from the Terracotta Army in Emperor Qinshihuang's Mausoleum Site to the Leshan Giant Buddha, this country is like no other in terms of history. Natural wonders span the landscape, with Pandora's floating pinnacles in Zhangjiajie and the fairytale rainbow lakes of Jiuzhaigou making visitors feel like they are on another planet. China is also impressive for the high quality of education offered at its universities. If you’re looking to pursue a great education in a country with a booming economy, delicious cuisine, and tons of entertainment - put China at the top of your list.

 

1. Japan


  • Ranked #17 in the world
  • To have an adventure – ranked #2 in Asia
  • To experience a new cuture or lifestyle – ranked #1 in Asia

For those of you with a preference for safety, cleanliness, magnificent landscapes, and a rich culture that appreciates both old and new - Japan is your heaven. Explore the blend of Eastern tradition and Western modernity in the metropolis of Tokyo. With the epicenter of anime in Akihabara, funky Harajuku fashion, a diverse blend of architecture, and peaceful shrines alongside palace gardens, there is no such thing as boredom. Hop on a fast train to feel the quiet charm of the Arashiyama Bamboo Forest and samurai Nijo Castle in Kyoto, thermal baths and Bunraku puppetry in Osaka, and the wild deer and ancient Tōdai-ji Temple of Nara. Japan is also home to the third-largest economy in the world and many globally renowned universities. So, if you can imagine joining the national sakura obsession, enjoying perfected bowls of ramen and fresh plates of sashimi, and studying in an urban city with thousands of years of history, tradition, and culture, it’s time to plan your future in the top country to study abroad in Asia - Japan! ようこそ!

 

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