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Thinking of study abroad in Asia?

Posted on November 18, 2019
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Study in Asia

Study abroad can be motivated by a variety of reasons.

A significant portion of the students that are convinced that they want to study abroad seek out foreign universities for the international level of education imparted. There are many others, on the other hand, that approach study abroad consultants for becoming globally employable in the long run.

When it comes to the most sought-after study abroad destinations worldwide, we find various established names in the list – Australia, Canada, the U.K., the U.S., Germany, France, Europe, and Ireland.

Nevertheless, an increasing number of students – domestic as well as overseas – are choosing to study in Asia instead.

With rapid growth in higher education, there are many viable options available in Asia for prospective students looking at higher studies.

Where can I study abroad in Asia?

Many Asian universities have earned their place on the highly competitive QS World University Rankings 2020.

Popular study abroad destinations in Asia include China, Singapore, Taiwan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, etc.

Here we shall see 3 destinations in Asia for study abroad.


Singapore, though a comparatively small country, is recognised as the world leader where it comes to innovation and research.

QS Best Student Cities 2019 featuring 120 of the world’s best, gives the 20th place to Singapore. Top 3 on the list include (from first to third, in order) – London, Tokyo, and Melbourne.

As per the QS World University Rankings 2020, Singapore has the following in the global Top 500 –

Rank in 2020 Institution
11 Nanyang Technological University (NTU)
11 National University of Singapore (NUS)
477 Singapore Management University

Note. NTU and NUS are both tied at #11.


Are you thinking of getting a student visa for Japan?

Japan, the third-largest economy globally, also possesses an excellent higher education system.

As per statistics by Japan Student Services Organization (JSSO), as on May 1, 2018, there were 298,980 international students in Japan. This was a 12.0% increase from last year.

According to The Japan Times, Japan has envisioned taking in 300,000 foreign students by 2020 and having 10 of the universities in Japan rank among the global Top 100 universities by 2023.

In a bid to make study overseas in Japan more attractive, Japan has introduced many courses taught entirely/partly in the English language; increased exchange programs with various universities in other countries; and also given international students the flexibility of starting their course in September. In Japan, the academic year begins in April.

As per the QS World University Rankings 2020, Japan has the following in the global Top 500 –

Rank in 2020 Institution
22 The University of Tokyo
33 Kyoto University
58 Tokyo Institute of Technology
71 Osaka University
82 Tohoku University
115 Nagoya University
132 Hokkaido University
132 Kyushu University
196 Waseda University
200 Keio University
270 University of Tsukuba
334 Hiroshima University
359 Tokyo Medical and Dental University
395 Kobe University
442 Chiba University
448 Hitotsubashi University
468 Yokohama City University

Note. Hokkaido and Kyushu are both tied at #132.


Gradually enhancing its performance in the higher education sector, Saudi Arabia now has 2 in the Top 200 universities for the first time ever.

As per the QS World University Rankings 2020, Saudi Arabia has the following in the global Top 500 –

Rank in 2020 Institution
186 King Abdul Aziz University (KAU)
200 King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals (KFUPM)
281 King Saud University (KSU)

Indeed, corresponding to the change in international student mobility patterns, there has been an increase in the number of students studying in the various universities in Asia.

Which are the Top 10 Asian universities?

As per the QS Asia University Rankings 2019, Top 10 in Asia include –

Rank in 2019 Institution Country
1 National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore
2 The University of Hong Kong Hong Kong SAR
3 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU) Singapore
3 Tsinghua University China (Mainland)
5 Peking University China (Mainland)
6 Fudan University China (Mainland)
7 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong SAR
8 KAIST – Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology South Korea
9 The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Hong Kong SAR
10 Seoul National University South Korea

As per QS World University Rankings 2020, “the Middle East and Southeast Asia are particularly active hiring international faculty staff”.

With international faculty and more courses being introduced, either partly or fully in English, the language barrier that countries like Japan or South Korea are perceived to have is not so formidable after all.

More the reason to head to Asia for Study Overseas.

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