Last year around 30,000 students chose to leave the UK and study overseas, more than ever before. We looked at a survey by 'Go International' to see what degree courses were the most popular.
Studying business abroad is an asset that many employers are eager for. Australia, Austria and Canada are common choices, as they are English speaking countries with influential global stock markets.
Surveys say that this was the most popular area for students going overseas last year. The USA has some of the world’s top design schools and cities like New York are at the heart of the creative industry.
Data shows that over a quarter of current overseas students are studying languages or literature, most commonly in Europe. For those studying in the UK, most courses offer the chance of a year abroad.
Going overseas can be a way to avoid the competition of UK medical schools. Eastern Europe and Italy are internationally popular for medicine, but some qualifications are not recognised back in the UK.
Experiencing different people and cultures can be advantageous for these subjects. Around 1 in 10 of those heading overseas choose this type of course as it is quite universal, often going to North America.
As a global subject, engineering has a wide array of different specialisations and students often head to Australia, Germany and the USA to take full advantage of the best cultural and technological prospects.
To benefit from the best resources sometimes it is best to look abroad. Germany, Japan and the USA feature in the top 100 Universities for physical sciences and can offer new opportunities for scientists.