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Great alternative study abroad destinations

Studying abroad is a great way to broaden your horizons and experience something new. Your international education adventure could take you to nearly any corner of the world, so don’t be afraid to look further afield than the most popular countries and cities for international students.

Here are some of the best alternative countries for studying abroad:


Switzerland is a hidden European gem offering international students stunning surroundings, an excellent standard of living, and a high-quality education. Famed for its luxury and epic scenery, Switzerland offers students impressive study opportunities in subjects like business, hospitality and finance.

It is also a fantastic destination for anyone with a passion for language. Switzerland is split into areas called cantons, each of which speak a different tongue, including French, German, Italian, and Romansh - perfect for those that want to expand their language skills.

Top universities

Switzerland is home to some of the world’s very best universities with several in the top 100, including:

  • ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  • EPFL
  • University of Zurich

Beyond studying

Located at the heart of Europe, Switzerland is the perfect launchpad for exploring Italy, France, Germany, and beyond. The country itself is home to world-famous cities like Zurich and Geneva, that are rich in culture and history.

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The Netherlands

Not only does the Netherlands offer a fantastic array of study options for international students, but it also has one of Europe’s cheapest rates of tuition.

The bright lights and rich culture of Amsterdam are an irresistible draw for many international students, but great universities can be found across Holland. Those studying arts or technology will find a wide range of top programs in the Netherlands.

Top universities

The Netherlands boasts several highly ranked universities, including:

  • Delft University of Technology
  • University of Amsterdam
  • Eindhoven University of Technology
  • Erasmus University Rotterdam

Beyond studying

The Netherlands is famed for its creativity, multiculturalism, and inclusive outlook. This will help you feel at home in no time and hopefully avoid experiencing a culture shock.

Culturally rich cities like Amsterdam and Rotterdam are just waiting to be explored. The Netherland’s location also means the rest of Europe is right on your doorstep.

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India’s fast-growing economy, rich and varied culture and range of quality universities makes it an attractive study abroad destination. Intoxicating cities like Delhi and Mumbai offer an exciting and fast-paced way of life, but there are also opportunities to study in the quieter rural areas.

The higher education system in India is one of the fastest-growing in the world and is now the third-largest behind China and the US. India is becoming especially well-known for the quality of its programs in engineering and science subjects, but there are great options no matter what your chosen area of study.

Top universities

Some of India’s most highly rated universities include:

  • The Indian Institute of Technology Bombay
  • The Indian Institute of Science
  • The University of Delhi

Beyond studying

You’ll never be short of things to see and do outside the classroom in India. World-famous landmarks and festivals can be found all over the country. A visit to Varanasi, the City Temples, during the Diwali festival will give you a true insight into Indian mysticism.


Brazil has a huge amount to offer international students looking for somewhere different to study. Not only does it offer some of the world’s most fascinating and diverse landscapes, but it also has one of the largest economies.

Another attractive draw is the fact that public universities in Brazil offer free tuition to domestic and international students. This means getting a place at one of the nearly 300 public institutions can be tough, but there is a huge range of private universities you can also apply to.

Top universities

Brazil is home to several top 500 universities, including:

  • Universidade de São Paulo
  • Universidade Estadual de Campinas
  • Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro

Beyond studying

Adventure is part and parcel of studying in Brazil. World-famous beaches, vibrant cities, and the natural beauty of the Amazon rainforest are all waiting for you when you take a break from your studies.


Singapore is an exciting country that combines global innovation with Asian traditions. It’s famous for its excellent quality of life, hospitality, and cosmopolitan blend of cultures.

As a thriving hub of technology and business, it’s no surprise that Singapore is also fast becoming a popular student destination. Not only does it boast numerous top universities, but more and more institutions are basing satellite campuses in Singapore.

Top universities

As well as being home to international campuses of Yale, the University of Chicago, and INSEAD, there are also several top universities based in Singapore:

  • National University of Singapore
  • Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Singapore Management University

Beyond studying

Singapore offers a perfect gateway to the East, with easy access to nearby Thailand, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The country has one of the highest standards of living in Asia and offers international students all of the latest technologies and amenities.

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