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Study countries for studying abroad

“The greatest sight there is is the world - look at it,” demands the writer Kurt Tucholsky. There are many opportunities around the world for students who want to respond to this call. Studying abroad is not just a unique personal experience. In our increasingly globalized world, experience abroad is also becoming increasingly important for a professional career.

The following graphics can be seen the most popular countries for German students in 2012 and the general development of German students abroad.

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Diagram: German students abroad, source: Federal Statistical Office

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Diagram: Development of German students abroad, source: Federal Statistical Office

Across the pond - USA and Canada

North America is an extremely popular and attractive destination for studying abroad.

The USA attracts people from all over the world with world-famous metropolises, legendary buildings and fascinating and multifaceted landscapes. With 9.5 million square kilometers, the United States is the third largest country on earth in terms of area. Around 318 million people live in this huge area 50 states. From icy Alaska to the always sunny Florida, the country stretches over six climate zones and combines tundra landscapes, mountains, deserts and sunny beaches.

The US is also home to some of the most famous and respected universities in the world, such as Harvard - a member of the renowned Ivy League - or Berkeley. mInternational university rankings show that nowhere in the world are there as many top universities as there are in the United States. The typical American campus life is certainly a special experience for many foreign students. The US is that for international students most popular country for studying abroad.

One very good reputation Canada's higher education also has international students one Variety of study options offers. Canada is particularly known for its vastness and its wild nature - after all, only around 35 million people live on the almost 10 million square kilometers. The largest cities in the state include the capital Ottawa, Toronto and Montreal in the east and Vancouver in the west of the country. Canada is a bilingual country, its national languages ​​are English and French. French is spoken predominantly in the province of Québec.


At the other end of the world - Australia and New Zealand

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The choice of study countries for studying abroad is enormous. In addition to personal interest in the country and its people, the national language is usually a selection criterion.

A semester abroad in Australia, in the land of koalas and kangaroos or a master's degree in New Zealand's capital Wellington? Here we go! If you land at the other end of the world after a long flight, both countries of Oceania offer a multitude of possibilities and a special attitude to life.

Ayers Rock, the Great Barrier Reef, the Blue Mountains and the cosmopolitan city of Sydney - all of these can be discovered in Australia. The sunny country is not only famous for its nature and wildlife, but also for the casual lifestyle that its residents cultivate. International students cannot just immerse themselves in this lifestyle. You can also use the first classThe country's higher education system benefits from this excellent study conditions excels.

According to various studies and surveys, New Zealand is one of the most livable countries in the world. Anyone who gets to know the breathtaking landscape as well as the relaxed way of life and friendliness of its residents immediately understands why. In addition, that applies Education System New Zealand as one of the best in the world: Among other things, the universities are convincing through world-renowned research work, the great practical relevance of the course and the good supervision of the students.


Nearby - Study in the UK and Ireland

Why wander far away when the good is so close? Great Britain and Ireland bid ideal study conditions for international students who want to complete an English-language course in another European country.

Great Britain consists of the countries England, Scotland and Wales. All three countries have their very own culture and there is a lot to discover in all three countries - in Wales even a very special language: Cymraeg is the second official language there. Scotland is known for its Highlands and England is of course famous for its vibrant capital, London. England is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world.

Scotland and Wales are also home to universities with a long tradition. The high quality of the teaching and the good supervision of the students are only two reasons for the good reputation of British universities. Their internationality is another quality feature. Great Britain is very popular as a study destination for German students.

The higher education system in Ireland is British and due to the high quality trainingthat both Irish and many international students receive there, very respected. The universities score with a wide range of courses and high quality of teaching. Is the location of most of the Irish universities Dublin, the capital of the "Green Island". The city is one of the most exciting metropolises in Europe. Anyone who travels to Ireland discovers a country with a more than 8,000 year old cultural history, which is made tangible for visitors through druid stones, megalithic tombs and places of worship.


Go East! - Study in China, Singapore or Malaysia

Asian countries play an increasingly important role in the global economy, which makes them very interesting for international students. Therefore, they should of course not be missing from a list of popular study countries for studying abroad.

China is a country with a culture that is thousands of years old. You can admire these by looking at the Great Wall of China or the Forbidden City. The "Middle Kingdom" is the most populous country on earth with around 1.34 billion inhabitants. The People's Republic has become one over the past few decades Economic power develops and is one of the most important economic and financial markets in the world. This makes China one interesting study country for international students, especially for students of economics and social sciences as well as engineering students. Chinese universities offer foreign students specificSemester programs. These courses are usually taught in English.

Since Singapore was once a British colony, mingle in the city-state Asian and European culture. One of the four official languages ​​of Singapore is English. The universities of Singapore have a lot to offer:

  • English-language courses
  • modern equipment
  • good study organization
  • good student care
  • Curricula based on current scientific research and the current world of work
  • Cooperations with commercial companies and institutions

Singapore is one of the most popular on the Asian continent most important locations for science and research. Through cooperation between universities and business, students can get to know the Asian market, which is becoming increasingly important worldwide.

Southeast Asian Malaysia combines wild, tropical nature with exotic fauna and large cities with modern infrastructure and architecture - landmarks of the Capital Kuala Lumpur are the 452 meter high Petronas Towers. Malaysia is a relatively rich country for Asia and has invested a lot of money in its education system in recent years. The study conditions are considered to be very good, especially in technical courses. Besides Malaysian universities also have British and Australian universities offices in Malaysia opened. They offer almost the same degree program as their main UK or Australian campus, and courses are taught in English. This makes these branches particularly interesting for foreign students.


Medicine and more - study in Latvia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic

For many German high school graduates, the dream of studying medicine is associated with long waiting times due to the high numerus clausus. You can often avoid this by studying abroad. In addition to medicine, universities in Latvia, Slovakia and the Czech Republic offer many other courses of study for international students.

About two million people live in Latvia, around 40% of them in the Capital Riga - the “European Capital of Culture 2014”. Indeed, the city, which is heavily influenced by university life, attracts with a wide range of cultural activities. Outside of Riga there is the diverse Latvian nature to discover, with large forests and swamps as well as the coast with its long sandy beaches. Several Latvian universities are now focusing on international students. English-language courses are becoming increasingly popular, for example in the subject medicine. That is because the admission to study medicine in Latvia no numerus clausus subject.

One is also popular with international students Medical degree in theSlovakia, because here, too, applicants can avoid the long wait for a university place. In general, there is a wide range of courses at Slovak universities. The capital of the 49,000 square kilometer country is Bratislava. About half a million people live here. Slovakia has a total of around 5.5 million inhabitants. The landscape is characterized by forests, mountains and rivers as well as idyllic towns and villages. Slovakia has been a member of the EU since 2004.

Mountain landscapes, forest areas, rivers and lakes also determined the landscape in the Czech Republic. The capital city of Prague is home to the Charles University, the oldest university in Central Europe. The university, founded in 1348, is still a respected educational institution today. Czech universities offer English speaking medical, Pharmacyand business courses which are very popular with international students. Study places are not allocated here solely on the basis of the Abitur grades. A good result in the entrance exam is much more important.


Hablar español - Study in Spain, Chile and Argentina

Spanish is a world language spoken by around 455 million people. Studying in one of the Spanish-speaking countries not only offers international students the opportunity to learn this globally important language. It also enables immersion in a foreign culture.

Sunshine, beach and sea, the typical local cuisine and a wide range of cultural activities attract numerous German tourists to Spain every year. While the Canaries and Balearic Islands particularly attract beach holidaymakers, offer Madrid and that's hip Barcelona a huge range of galleries, concerts, museums and street art. So why not study in one of the most popular travel destinations for Germans and get to know the country better? A good reason to study abroad in Spain is that good level of colleges. These also increasingly offer courses in English. In addition, there is probably nowhere better for students to learn or perfect their Spanish than in the motherland of this world language.

A trip to Chile is literally a trip to the “end of the world”. Because that is what the name of the South American state means in the language of its natives. Chile not only inspires with an impressive landscape from the Andes to the desert to its Pacific coast. Cities like that Capital Santiago de Chile also offer residents and visitors full life. Santiago de Chile is the largest city and the cultural and economic center of the country. Nearby are the port cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar. They are popular with both tourists and foreign students. Chilean universities are among the best on the continent and can convince through a broad study program and close supervision of the students. They offer international students good conditions to gain valuable experience abroad and to improve their Spanish.

The higher education system of Argentina is considered to be the best in south america, the universities are known for her high level. The supervision of students and the quality of teaching are particularly good at private universities. In general, higher education is very important to Argentines. Around twelve percent have a university degree - more than anywhere else in Latin America. About every year study at Argentine universities 25,000 students from abroad. Private universities often offer courses in English, but the language of instruction in Argentina is usually Spanish. In addition to studying, there is a lot to discover in Argentina: For example Buenos Aires, the capital of the country, its rainforests and deserts as well as the Andes. The wistful tango also unfolds its own magic. In the meantime, it has even been named a Human Heritage Site.


Other exciting study countries around the globe

For students who want to discover the world, there are numerous other countries for studying abroad: As part of a study visit to Thailand, you can explore the capital Bangkok and the beautiful beaches and tropical rainforests of the Southeast Asian state.

Japan, the “Land of the Rising Sun”, has so far been an insider tip among German students. There are also a few English-language courses offered as part of exchange programs or at particularly internationally oriented universities. Again, very different Asian cultures can get to know students in Vietnam, India or the United Arab Emirates.

Those who take part in a semester program at a university in Peru can discover the beauty of the South American country. The ruins of the Inca city Machu Picchu will probably be the highlight of this journey of discovery. Exciting destinations on the North American continent include the USA and Canada as well as Mexico and Nicaragua.

Europe also offers numerous opportunities for studying abroad. The education system in Denmark is considered to be absolutely exemplary and France not only attracts with its culture and way of life, but also with it renowned universities. Why not study art or design in Italy, the home of da Vinci and Michelangelo, or spend a semester abroad in sunny Croatia? Universities in Poland and Hungary also offer interesting study opportunities. To the internationally renowned universities of theMany scientists from all over the world work in Switzerland. And the Netherlands is a popular destination for German students for a stay abroad, not least because of its proximity to Germany.