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Six places to study abroad in 2016

Make 2016 the year you start your study abroad adventure! Here’s a list of six study abroad destinations, spanning Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific. What are you waiting for? Get planning!

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1. New Zealand

New year, New Zealand? Perhaps holidaying in this adventure paradise is already on your bucket list, but have you ever thought of studying in New Zealand? Aside from exploring the stunning Lord of the Rings scenery and attempting your first skydive, this country also has a number of world class universities with internationally recognised qualifications.

Here you can expect small class sizes, good contact hours with your professors, and an independent learning culture that embraces creativity. The government is keener than ever on welcoming international students and you could even land a job upon graduating. New Zealand’s most prevalent industries are IT, Medicine and Engineering where the government and industry are actively recruiting international talent.



2. Canada

Safe, multicultural and friendly. These are just some of the characteristics that sum up Canada. Famed for its welcoming attitude towards immigrants and international students, Canada is a top class study destination which offers generous work opportunities both during and after your studies. Did you know the top five student nationalities most likely to transition to permanent residency include China, South Korea and India, but also Iran and the Philippines?

Aside from work and study, Canada also has much natural beauty to offer. A coveted destination for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer, Canada also boasts lively cities such as Montreal, Vancouver and Toronto. And of course make sure you check out Niagara Falls, Banff National Park and the Rocky Mountains!



3. Ireland

Speak to anyone who has studied in Ireland and they will be full of tales of cosy pubs, country walks and lots of laughs. Maybe it’s the warm nature of the local people, wonders like the Giant’s Causeway, or the love of Guinness (!), but the student experience in Ireland always seems to be a very personal and above all fun one.

England might be famous for Oxford and Cambridge, but the Irish capital, Dublin is home to a number of top-ranked universities like Trinity College Dublin founded in 1592, University College Dublin, whose alumni includes James Joyce and the more modern Dublin City University. Cork is also a great city and was named the European Culture Capital in 2005. And don’t forget the beautiful Galway, surrounded by beautiful beaches and nature but bustling at night!



4. Australia 

Why do so many students go Down Under to get their degree? In June 2015 the number of international student enrolments in Australian institutions had risen by 10.4% to 464,787 international students. In fact, international education is now Australia’s fourth largest export after coal, oil and gas.


But why are so many students drawn to Australia? Well if its agreeable climate, endless beaches (one is an astonishing 90 miles long!) and laid back way of life weren’t appealing enough, it boasts some world class universities such as the University of Melbourne, the Australian National University and the University of Sydney. Australia is a youthful, vibrant and beautiful place to get your degree, why not see if you can find your perfect course there?



5. Malaysia

What more interesting place to study than Malaysia? This up and coming study destination could be the perfect option for Asian students that aren’t quite ready to make the jump to a university in the West. Talented scholars and academics are increasingly being drawn to Malaysia and it also hosts a number of branch campuses and twin degree programmes. 


In between your study time, why not check out the magnificent temples dotted around in major cities and also more remotely like the limestone Batu caves in Selangor. There’s also an impressive array of shopping in Malaysia and the centre of Kuala Lumpur is a great place to start.



6. The UK

There’s a reason why the UK was recently crowned number one for international student satisfaction. Steeped in history, famed for its research prowess and a melting pot of different nationalities and cultures, the UK is the second most popular study destination in the world for international students after the US.


The quality of teaching at its world-class institutions make this country an obvious choice for any ambitious student, but it also has courses specifically for those from overseas. Maybe you’re interested in pathway programme, an English language course, or even a Medical degree just for international students (this really exists at the University of Central Lancashire!). The choice of universities is also endless. Start searching for your perfect course today!



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About Author

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Katie Duncan is Editor of Hotcourses Abroad and is an NCTJ-qualified journalist and University of Exeter graduate. Having worked at an English language school in the UK, as an educational consultant in Spain and as a reporter in the international education sector, she is well placed to guide you through your study abroad journey. Katie grew up in Australia, which perhaps explains her unusual reptile collection, comprising of a bearded dragon (Bill) and tortoise (Matilda).