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Educational systems in many African countries are maturing and becoming more accessible for international students. American University in Cairo is a great example and boasts HM Queen Rania of Jordan as an alumnus. The courses at American University are taught in English and attract students from over 100 different countries. South Africa also has several highly ranked universities, including the University of Cape Town and the University of Stellenbosch. Universities in South Africa teach in both English and Afrikaans. Many African universities have religious affiliations. American students frequently choose Africa as a study abroad destination as there are a wide range of programs that offer extensive cultural immersion as well as research opportunities to study Africa’s unique flora and fauna.

The variety of ethnic groups, environments, economies, religions, and government systems in Asia provide cultural experiences for students that are more diverse than any other region on Earth. Asia sends more students to study internationally than any other continent, however, their many highly-ranked universities should not be overlooked. These institutions provide unique opportunities for immersion in a continent that is driving global economic growth. Many of China’s high school gaokao champions enroll in universities in Hong Kong and Japan boasts several highly ranked universities that educate students from all over the world. The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) is world famous and Singapore’s INSEAD is a highly regarded global business school. Many universities in Asia offer degree programs in English which allow language barriers to be easily overcome. With the increasing focus on the knowledge and services sectors in our global economy, coupled with a rich cultural heritage, Asia is an ideal choice for international students.

University education has a long and rich history in Europe that is almost a millennium old (the University of Bologna was founded in 1088). Like many European systems, the organization of universities in different countries evolved somewhat independently. However, there is an ongoing effort to harmonize the higher education system across Europe and align more closely with the North American system. There still are nuances in every country but the ultimate goal is that studies and qualifications can be recognized throughout the region. In general, an undergraduate Bachelor’s degree takes between 3-4 years, a Master’s degree between 1-2 years, followed by Doctoral studies that vary in length by discipline.  Europe is a very popular destination for international students and this trend is increasing as universities in more and more countries teach degree courses in English.

The Middle East is attracting more and more international students and world-class professors as the governments in the region invest heavily in higher education. The United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Saudi Arabia pride themselves on brand new universities and branch campuses of top-ranked global universities. The campuses are modern, filled with state-of-the-art research equipment, and have diverse and often secular academic environments. Most degrees are taught in English and are accompanied by generous scholarships. Additionally, many well-known Western universities have branch campuses in the Middle East. These include NYU, the London Business School, Northwestern, INSEAD, Georgetown, and the Sorbonne.

Hosting the largest population of international students on Earth, North American universities enjoy global name-recognition and status. There are many types of academic institutions: private and public universities, private and community colleges, dedicated graduate schools, and trade schools. Schools can range in size from several hundred students to over 50,000 students. The diversity and the opportunities in North America are immense and well-worth considering.

International education plays a large role in the Australian and New Zealand economies and is critically important. Both governments have coordinated admissions and immigration policies for foreign students. The universities in these countries are modeled on the UK system and have been educating large numbers of Indian and other Asian students for decades. There are relatively few universities in Oceania but some are ranked highly and tuition fees can be less than comparable schools in North America and Europe.  Most universities are located in the major cities with good flight connections to Asia. The region’s generally laid-back culture is also an attractive feature which makes the area popular with American and British study abroad students

Higher education is undergoing significant change and expansion in South and Central America. Student mobility is increasing as students attend universities across the continent. Spanish is the common language, with the exception of Portuguese in Brazil, and many people speak English as a second language. An increasing number of private universities are meeting demand for student placements and high quality teaching. Brazil’s universities are leading the way in terms of the number of research papers per faculty member. South America is also a popular destination for North American and European study abroad students with an emphasis on cultural and Spanish language studies.

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