When it comes to pursuing higher education abroad, the most challenging dilemma is, surprisingly, not whether or not to study abroad; it’s really about choosing one country from a range of equally amazing locations. That’s why we have put together a list of top eight study abroad destinations.

Australia, Charles Sturt University

Why: Popularly known  for its beautiful coastline and beaches, unique flora and fauna and bustling cities, it is easy to see why Australia has become a favorite choice among English-speaking international students studying abroad. But there’s so much more to it than simply sunshine and beautiful landscapes. Australia’s pleasant weather, generous scholarships and grants, quality education and high standard of living truly set it apart as a prime student destination.

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WhereThe Charles Sturt University has a variety of campuses located in some of the country’s fastest-growing regional cities, offering a unique study experience that combines a regional lifestyle with the best of city living. With top-notch facilities and hands-on teaching practices, Charles Sturt is a great choice for students who want to be industry-ready straight out of the classroom.

China, Suzhou Centennial College

Why: Are you an ambitious, future-focused student? Then China may be the perfect place for you. Whether you plan to go into business, engineering, architecture or law, studying in China will undoubtedly help you succeed. With the world's second largest economy, it’s clear that people who can speak Chinese and have experience living in the country and an understanding of the culture have a great employment advantage.

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Where:Tucked away in the Dushu Lake Higher Education Town (home to more than 100,000 students) is Suzhou Centennial College. As the only Canadian college in China, it offers high levels of education and programs that are taught in English. Plus, optional Mandarin Language and Culture classes mean you can’t go wrong with this prestigious school.

Finland, Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences
Why: Are you looking for a unique European study abroad experience that offers a valuable education? Then Finland could be for you. As one of the northernmost countries in the world, Finland is known as a land of a thousand lakes, or where you will get a chance to meet the real Santa Claus. Despite its notoriously cold climate, Finland caters to the outdoorsy types, with hundreds of lakes for those students who enjoy summer water sports, and an abundance of winter sport options such as skiing, snowboarding and ice hockey.

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Where:  With headquarters in the exciting capital city of Helsinki, Haaga-Helia is a strongly business-orientated university of applied sciences that is geared toward preparing students for the working world.

Ireland, American College Dublin
Why: Ireland, also popularly known as the Emerald Isle, is a unique European study abroad destination and the country is world-famous for its unmatched hospitality and amazing pub culture. Ireland is an ideal location for students who would love to have an immersive cultural experience while studying abroad. Ireland has a rich culture of arts, music, sports and student life. On top of that, Enterprise Ireland, which overlooks the country's education under the Minister for Education and Skills, successfully provides employment soon after students complete their studies. This makes Ireland an attractive destination for students seeking work opportunities post graduation.

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Where: Nestled in the center of historic Merrion Square, the American College is close to a mix of art galleries, theaters, museums and delicious restaurants. Offering top-quality courses in liberal arts, business and performance, it’s an obvious choice for international students who are looking for a rich cultural experience.

Malta, EC - Higher Education
Why: Famous for its beautiful cathedrals, glorious weather and magnificent beaches, Malta is far more than just a tourist destination. Sporting some of the top institutions of learning in the world, it’s also the ideal place to study abroad. As one of the safest countries in all of Europe and a largely English-speaking community, it’s easy for new students to feel relaxed and comfortable on the island. With excellent food, an abundance of outdoor activities and an exciting nightlife, there is lots of fun to be had outside of the classroom, too.

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Where: EC - Higher Education is one of the world’s leading international educational organizations with a strong presence in Malta. It partners with select universities to bring international students to local campuses.

Singapore, James Cook University

Why: Singapore is one of the most attractive Asian study abroad destination because of its progressive education system, state-of-the-art facilities and excellent teaching standard. But apart from education, Singapore has got a lot more to offer, like the environment, culture, people, reputation of safety and student life. Known as the Garden City because of the beautiful and clean tree-lined streets, there is no doubt why Singapore is a top choice for international students looking to further their education in Asia.

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Where: James Cook University in Singapore is a great option for international students studying abroad as it offers a variety of courses that allow you to achieve globally recognized Australian degrees often in a shorter period than you would in other parts of the world due to their trimester system.

United Arab Emirates, SAE Institute Dubai
Why: The UAE is slowly emerging as an oasis for higher learning and education in the Middle-East. The Arab nation is home to some excellent public and private universities, and it has a number of international franchises on its soil. Apart from being host to a variety of curricula, UAE in recent years has also been known for attracting a diverse population from around the world because of its economic vitality, safety and religious tolerance. Plus, studying in such a central hub of the world means that you can easily travel to and from your home country or to an exotic location nearby. Many international students use The Emirates as their launchpad to see the world!

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Where: If you’re looking for a degree in creative media, then look no further than SAE Institute in Dubai. It is the world’s leading educator in creative media industries with a team of specialist teachers who provide real-world experience in world-class facilities.

United States, University of Saint Joseph
Why: US universities are renowned for the quality of their teaching and for offering one of the most versatile and flexible higher education systems for international students in the world; a major reason why the country continues to be among the most popular destinations for international students studying abroad.

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Where: The University of Saint Joseph in Connecticut is a great option for international students who are looking to base themselves in the US. The large, beautiful campus is within walking distance of the bustling downtown area of West Hartford and sits conveniently between Boston and New York City, perfect for weekend adventures and sightseeing. Ranked in the top tier of regional colleges in Northern US, you can’t go wrong with a degree from this prestigious university.

Co-Author: Mustafa Sutarwala is an all-round creative marketing graduate from Amity University Dubai, and is currently working in Dubai. He's inclined to digital marketing communications and works as the Creative Ninja for SchoolApply.