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2019 Top 10 Rankings Rationale

Our 2019 rankings:

What are the Top 10 Country Rankings?

At, our mission is to help everyone in the world find the right education. We know that international students have special considerations when choosing an ideal university and program, and our Top 10 rankings are a major step towards helping them find their ideal study abroad destination!

We conducted a survey of over 20,000 students from around the world who shared with us their concerns and priorities when choosing where to study abroad. We took the top factors that students voiced as the most important and used them as the rationale behind our rankings. These seven factors were:

  1. To experience a new culture
  2. To achieve career goals
  3. To have an adventure
  4. To make new friends/widen professional network
  5. To access higher quality teaching
  6. To study for free
  7. To attain a visa

We then assigned the factors their corresponding quantitative metric (or weight) according to how important the attribute was among the surveyed students. 

Culture (30%)

Experience a new lifestyle, heritage, history

Career (22%)

Professional opportunities, career advancement

Adventure (20%)

Fun environment, new experiences

Networking (15%)

Ease of making local friends & professional networking

Teaching quality (13%)

Top academic institutions, increase education capabilities

Study costs (3%)

Cheap cost of study, best financial options

Visa (1%)

Attain a student visa, graduate working visas

Combining data from external reports, we scored 61 countries around the world on each of the seven factors. From there, the overall score was calculated by adding the subscores for each country. The countries were then ranking in descending order by their total score and the top 10 in each list named.

The external reports we sourced data from were:

Last update: 04 Jul 2019

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