Top 28 Countries for overseas college education, according to THE World University Rankings

In preparation for today’s college savings seminar, I updated the following table on which countries have the most universities, students, and international students in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings top 200 universities.

Perhaps not surprisingly for an English language publication, the US and UK together hold 95 of the top 200 spots, with Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Ireland bringing the Anglosphere total to 113, before counting Hong Kong, Singapore, or South Africa.

I would be curious to get more data on what percentage of the international students at German and Dutch universities come from within vs outside the EU.

Surprising to me is that none of India’s universities seems to have made THE’s top 200, despite the number of brilliant graduates I’ve worked with from the IITs, IIMs, and other top Indian universities.  I would guess fierce competition is the main reason Indian universities don’t yet rank higher in attracting international students, while adding a language hurdle explains why Asia’s other giants (China and Japan) also attract far fewer international students in proportion to their size compared to the US or UK.  I have often said that one benchmark for when China would eclipse the US as the world’s next superpower is when more American mothers aspire to send their children to Chinese universities than the other way around.

Country # Universities # Students # International Students
United States 63  1,676,636  264,836
United Kingdom 32  591,810  197,412
Germany 22  663,186  91,523
Netherlands 13  236,680  36,554
Australia 8  263,822  77,839
Canada 8  305,469  64,001
Switzerland 7  109,853  31,176
Sweden 6  123,724  15,953
Hong Kong 5  82,266  25,797
China 4  131,790  14,614
France 4  59,332  10,476
South Korea 4  63,912  6,385
Belgium 3  105,671  15,149
Denmark 3  62,492  9,965
Singapore 2  56,389  18,044
South Africa 2  44,626  5,576
Spain 2  41,886  4,715
Japan 2  48,627  4,186
Italy 2  1,224  121
Austria 1  34,711  9,025
New Zealand 1  30,287  8,783
Russian Federation 1  29,563  6,208
Norway 1  27,215  4,899
Ireland 1  15,805  3,951
Luxembourg 1  5,219  2,870
Taiwan 1  31,581  2,526
Finland 1  23,369  1,402
Israel 1  17,709  885

Until next time,

Tariq

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