Asia is the largest and most populous continent. It offers great diversity and choices for international students. The cost of studying in Asia is moderate because of lower living expenses and affordable fees. 

Top Universities in the World

There are many great institutions of higher education is Asia. 359 Asian Universities were ranked in the overall list of Times Higher Education World University Ranking. Many Asian Universities are ranked highly in the QS World University Ranking with the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore; National University of Singapore; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and KAIST, Korea being the top ranked Universities.

Variety of Courses

You can choose from thousands of courses in hundreds of languages at Asian Universities and colleges. You can study MBBS, MBA, Engineering, Science, Arts, Social Sciences, Culinary Arts etc. There are many institutions that specialize in only one stream – like the Nanyang Technology University and the Indian Institute of Management. There are also abundant number of  schools that offer multidisciplinary courses.

Well Funded Universities

The benefits of economic boom in Asia has permeated readily into the educational sector. Governments in China, India, Malaysia, Thailand and other countries are investing a huge amount of money in University infrastructure development. Private Universities with backing from wealthy financiers are also opening doors for international students. Asian Universities have now started to allocate good amount of resources for research and development.

Study in English

Asian Universities offer opportunities to study in English for international students. English is readily spoken in Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea, Malaysia, Thailand and other places. It is one of the two official languages in India. Increasingly more Universities in China are offering courses in English. English Language course book and resources are used for study across Asia. People in all Asian cities uses English with ease for day to day activities.

Affordable Tuition Fee

One of the greatest advantages of studying in Asia is the relatively moderate cost of study. Despite the rapid economic boom in some regions of Asia, most of Asian population in rural areas still lives in poverty. Governments across Asia have thus put on a lot of effort to slash cost of education and make it accessible for people from all economic background. International students can benefit from this and complete their studies at modest cost.

Low Cost of Living

If you are planning to study in Asia then rejoice on the fact that you will not only be saving a lot of money on tuition fee but you will also be saving a fortune in terms of cost of living. Cost of living in Asia can be surprisingly on the lower side. Cities like Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Mumbai, Seol etc. are among the costliest places to  live in the world but any places outside of these main cities offer very affordable options for housing, transportation, entertainment and food.

Multicultural Experience

Asia offers a great multicultural experience for International students. More than 2,000 languages are spoken across Asia. Most big cities in Asia have people from all parts of the world. Universities in Asia attract students from across the globe. More than 400,000 international students come to China each year, 200,000 to Japan, 100,000 to Korea and 70,000 to Singapore. China alone has students from 180 countries. Asia is truly a multicultural continent.

High Standard of Living

Asian cities offer high standard of living with all modern amenities and facilities. Large metropolises like Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, Seoul etc. are among the most advanced cities on earth. Large cities possess high speed railways, elaborate network of roads, modern hospitals, state of art communication networks, great hotels and hubs for entertainment. Area outside big cities are also making sound progress in infrastructure and cleanliness.

Visa Processing Ease

You will have very little to worry about your visa if you are planning to study in Asia. India – the prime abroad study destination for Nepali students – requires no visa. Countries like Singapore, Myanmar and Pakistan either provide on arrival visa or require no visa for short duration. You can easily apply for extended stay for study at these countries. Other countries also offer easy visa once basic requirement is met.


Which are the best countries for abroad study in Asia?

Japan and Hong Kong have been the top choice in Asia for international students for a long time. Recently, countries like China, Singapore and South Korea are making rapid progress in the field of higher education and attracting a lot of international students. Great options for abroad studies can also be found in countries like Malaysia, India, Taiwan, Philippines, Pakistan, Indonesia etc.

What is the cost of studying in Asia?

This depends upon which country, city and University you choose to study in. The cost of studying and living varies widely across Asia. Some cities like Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore are very costly but places outside of some selected cities are much cheaper. Whichever University or city you wish to study in, you will easily be able to bear the overall cost of studying and living in Asia.

Is Asian degree accepted wordwide?

Degrees from most Universities in Asia is accepted worldwide. Employers and other institutes of higher learning easily recognize qualifications obtained at Asian Universities. Candidate with Asian degree offers employers the chance to diversify their employee base thus you might have added employment advantages in some cases. Make sure to check your University curriculum and whether or not the courses offered is on par with international standard before joining for study.

What are the top Universities in Asia?

According to the QS World University Ranking, the top five Universities in Asia are Nanyang Technology University, Singapore; Hong Kong University of Science and Technology; Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea; and the University of Hong Kong. All five institutes are ranked within the top 50 Universities in the world.

I don't want to learn another language. Can't I study in English?

You can. Most Universities across Asia carry out classroom teaching in English language. The textbooks are in English. To attract international students, Universities are increasingly making their classes English friendly and Universities in some countries that required students to learn native language are also relaxing their policy. English is widely used in places like Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Shanghai for day to day activities. It is the official language in India and Hong Kong among other places. People in most large Asian cities speak and understand English with ease.

What about part time jobs for students while studying in Asia?

This depends upon which country you are studying in. Hong Kong does not allow international students to work. Singapore allows up to 16 hours of work per week. You will need special permission if you want to work more. China has traditionally been forbidding international students from part time work but is about to relax its policies to allow some amount of work. Japan normally does not allow international students to work but you can take a special permit from the immigration bureau by proving that the work will not interfere with your studies.

Can I work after my studies has been completed?

You can. Asia has a booming economy and provides ample opportunities of employment in every fields. You will have opportunities to apply for large multinationals like Sony, Toyota, Samsung, LG, Hyundai, Huawei, Nintendo, Petronas and others.

The provision for work after study varies according to country. Hong Kong requires no additional permission for up to 12 months of works after study. You need to apply for a new permission after one year. Singapore offers easy option to join the workforce but you will need to get work permission. You can work in Japan post study but you will need to change your status from college student to worker. You cannot work post study in China unless you have spent two working years overseas after completing your education in China.

Will there be difficulty obtaining Visa?

You will have much less to worry about your visa if you are planning to study in one of Asian countries. India offers visa free travel for all Nepalese so Nepali students going to India for higher studies will require no visa. On arrival visa is available for Nepalese at countries like Singapore, Pakistan and Myanmar. The duration of on arrival visa is normally from one to a few months but can easily be extended for study purposes. Other countries also provide visa with ease for Nepali students if basic requirement is met.


  • Asia is the largest continent on earth. Its total area is 44,579,000 square kilometer. It occupies about 30% of total land area on earth.
  • Asia is also the most populous continent. It has 4.5 billion people – about 60% of world population.
  • Seven of the ten most populous cities in the world lies in Asia.
  • The highest and lowest point on earth lies in Asia. Mount Everest (8,848 m) is the highest point and dead sea (-395 m) is the lowest point on earth.
  • There are fourteen peaks in the world at the height above 8,000 m. All lie in Asia.
  • Nine of the 10 tallest building in the world are in Asia.
  • Rafflesia Arnoldii is the largest flower in the world. It’s found in rain forests in Indonesia.
  • The worlds smallest mammal, bumblebee bat, is also found in Asia.
  • 90% of all rice produced in the world is consumed in Asia.
  • Asia is the birthplace of major religions like Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism etc.
  • All 10 largest shopping malls in the world lies in Asia.
  • China is the fourth largest country in the world and stretches more than 5,000 km longitudinally but has only one time zone.
  • Indonesia is composed of more than 17,000 islands. Philippines is made up of more than 7,000 islands. There are more than 800 islands in Malaysia.
  • The Tibetan Plateau with the average height of 4,500 m is the highest plateau on earth.
  • Lake Baikal, the deepest lake in the world, lies in Asia (Russia).
  • Asia is the home to the longest and the highest railway in the world. Xining-Golmud-Lhasa railway is the highest in the world (5,068 m). The Trans-Siberian Railway (9,289 km) is the longest in the world.