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Top 10 Most Popular Countries for International Students 2020

So you want to go to university, but you’re not sure where. Don’t worry, we’ve got you. You’ll be pleased to know that living and learning in a different country can bring SO many benefits, personal and professional. According to Statista, these are the top study destinations for international students in 2020. Are any of these on your list?

1. United States – 1,075,496 International Students

From New York to LA, Florida to Seattle, America is one of the most expansive and diverse countries in the entire world. It is home to some of the very best universities. Though the cost of studying and living in America can be tear-jerkingly high, the freedom to explore and the sheer quality of the courses is surely worth it.

2. United Kingdom – 551,495 International Students

The United Kingdom is known for having some of the best universities in the world and boasts a strong employability rate. Though tuition fees are high, the courses are only three years (as opposed to four like the USA). The UK has a fantastically rich history and is one of the most diverse countries in the whole of the world. Plus, it is the home of the English language, giving you the perfect opportunity to hone your language skills.

3. Canada – 503,270 International Students

In Canada, you can polish up your English skills as well as your French, as these are the two leading languages. Canada is often voted as one of the top countries for the quality of life and happiness of its citizens and it also has a low crime rate. It proudly boasts some of the very best Universities in the world.

4. Australia – 463,643 International Students

Australia is always one of the top destinations for International Students. It has low living and tuition costs, and Australian universities often offer scholarships that help to lower prices even further. They also allow students to work up to 40 hours a week with their student visas. Australia has beautiful landscapes, great weather, lovely beaches and big party culture. It is always very popular with students.

5. France – 358,000 International Students

France is one of those countries where you can go skiing in the morning, and then have a vineyard tour at sunset. It is so vast and has so many fantastic regions, each with its own identity and culture. The education costs are very reasonable compared to other top destinations, and it is the home of some of the world’s largest corporate brands.

6. Russia – 353,331 International Students

Russia values education very highly, and around 54% of its population have or are studying degrees. The country is so large that there is so much to explore. One half of Russia is very European, whilst the other has strong Asian influences. Russia is a very modern country, however, its values are traditional and so this mix is otherworldly. It is becoming more and more popular over the years and is definitely one to consider.

7. Germany – 302,157 International Students

Germany has a wide selection of highly ranked Universities and promises strong employability. German universities offer a lot of degrees at a low, or sometimes no, cost! It has a long and rich cultural heritage, a fantastic art scene and unmatched nightlife.

8. Japan – 228,403 International Students

Japan has always been a popular destination with students. It is often seen as the epicentre of technological innovation, and so is popular with students interested in science and technology. Japan has one of the lowest crime rates in the world and the health service is very inexpensive, and so it is pretty safe there. The food is amazing, the culture is so interesting, and the landscape is endless.

9. Spain – 125,675 International Students

Spain is becoming an increasingly popular destination for international students to choose to study in for many reasons. One is that the education system is very well-organised and straightforward. Another is that the cost of living in Spain is cheaper than most of its European counterparts. A key reason is also the beautiful year-round weather, which goes perfectly with the gorgeous Spanish beaches. Spain has a lot of rich history to explore, and a huge party culture so there is something there for everyone!

10. Netherlands – 94,236 International Students

Studying in the Netherlands is fast becoming a popular choice with students from all over the world. It boasts a very high standard of education and a lot of degrees are taught 100% in English, making it very popular with students from the UK and USA. The Netherlands is a very safe place to live and learn, with a big international student community and good employability rates.

 

Why Study Art in France?

Celebrating years of historical and cultural significances, as well as boasting endless galleries and museums, France is a place which is hardly lacking in artistic inspiration.

It’s no wonder that the art capital is a hotspot for the most prestigious art schools, including Paris College of Art. But why study art in France? We’ve put together a guide to help you understand more about the application process and what France promises for you.

Top Art Universities in Paris 

  1. Paris College of Art 
  2. École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (French National School of Fine Arts) 
  3. École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs 
  4. National School Fine Arts De Lyon 
  5. École Nationale Supérieure d’arts de Paris-Cergy  

Typical entry requirements 

Although universities require your qualifications, art schools are more interested in the work you showcase. There are three things which you will definitely need to add in your application, including: 

A Personal Statement 

This is usually 500 words at a minimum and should highlight your qualifications, your skills, and how you can bring these to your applied institute.  

A CV  

This may also be requested and is simply a listed way of all your achieved grades, where you studied, and previous work experience.   

Portfolio 

In your application, the portfolio is arguably the most important part. Here, you will usually be requested to compile perhaps 10-20 of your best work together in a portfolio, which you may either need to submit online or take with you into an interview.  

So what does France promise? 

Home of the greatest artists and arthouses  

From Monet to Picasso, and Rodin to Van Gogh, France boasts a fine array of some of the most famous artists in the world. Not only that, but France also holds the world’s most famous art galleries and museums, especially in Paris. With the Louvre promising a wide range of art spanning across centuries and civilisations, to the Centre Pompidou showcasing an unrivalled collection of contemporary works, or the congregation of local artists and their works in Montmartre, France is nothing short of inspiration for a budding artist.  

Job opportunities 

Studying art in France also leads to lots of potential careers. From curation to tour guides, museums and galleries are already a starting point for job prospects. Other career opportunities may include venturing into art direction, graphic designing, photography, prop design and art restoration and conservation.

Editor’s Note: France (especially Paris) is the home and inspiration for many famous artists. Why study art in France? Is it the culture, the architecture, or merely something in the water that creates such an artistic genius?