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The most popular subjects for international students

Each year, thousands of students decide to take a leap of faith and experience the enormous benefits of studying abroad. If you’re hoping to join this ever-growing community, but need some inspiration when it comes to choosing a program, look no further.

Here’s a breakdown of the popular subjects taken across the world’s most in-demand study abroad countries:

Most popular subjects for international students in the US

The US reigns supreme as the world’s most popular study abroad destination thanks to its top-ranked institutions and unbeatable variety of majors. However, programs in the following subjects are especially popular:

Rank Subject
1 Engineering
2 Business & management
3 Mathematics & computer science
4 Social science
5 Physical & life sciences

(Source: Study in the USA, 2020)

Most popular subjects for international students in the UK

The UK is one of the world’s most beloved educational superpowers. You’ll earn a prestigious and internationally-recognized education in whatever subject you select, but these disciplines are particularly popular:

(Source: The Complete University Guide, 2019)

Most popular subjects for international students in China

China’s thriving economy and impressive career opportunities have contributed to a rapid increase in international student numbers. You could take advantage of the country’s excellent courses in:

(Source: China Scholar)

Most popular subjects for international students in Canada

Besides the diverse landscapes and stunning scenery, you’ll be drawn to Canada’s impressive programs in these disciplines:

(Source:, 2020)

Most popular subjects for international students in Australia

If miles of golden beaches and guaranteed sunshine wasn’t enough to tempt you onto Australia’s shores, internationally-renowned programs in the following subjects will:

(Source: IDP Australia, 2020)

Choose the right subject for you

Although these courses are the most popular amongst your fellow international students, they might not be the best choice for you. You have so many higher-education opportunities at your fingertips, so it’s important to choose the country, university, and program that fits your interests and ambitions.

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