Top 10 countries with the best education systems in the world for 2019
Top 10 countries with the best education systems in the world for 2019

Top 10 countries with the best education systems in the world for 2019

Every year, a great number of prestigious and respected sources conduct broad, often survey-based research in the field of education. And while most of them, like for example Times Higher Education, focus more on the performance and ranking of universities, other aim to present valuable data involving all educational levels within different countries.

In this article, you will learn about ten of the best education systems in the world for 2019 according to the widely appreciated and followed US News & World Report. With a combination of scores involving attendance, development and quality in a variety of countries, the report brings up 6 European countries, 2 North American and 2 from Asia and Australia as leading examples of top education:

Rank:Country:GDP (nominal, $):
1.United Kingdom2.8 trillion
2.United States21.3 trillion
3.Canada1.8 trillion
4.Germany4.0 trillion
5.France2.7 trillion
6.Australia1.5 trillion
7.Switzerland703.7 billion
8.Sweden550.0 billion
9.Japan5.1 trillion
10.Netherlands850.0 billion


Interestingly, the majority of the countries above have remained at the same rank as in 2018, with only Sweden exchanging places with Japan and the Netherlands climbing into the top 10 on the account of Denmark.

Furthermore, the overall ranking shows that there is a total of 8 unique languages which are either fully or partially official for the respective countries and of course, for the different levels of education. These are Dutch, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Romansh and Swedish. So if you even consider choosing the best Masters study destination abroad, make sure to consider some of these countries – as they can certainly meet many personal language requirements. But what about affordability?

Indeed, for a future Masters student, costs and tuition fees are a key factor. And after looking at the economies and their latest GDP rates in the table above, you might be thinking - they all have a high living standard. However, that is no reason to claim that none of the top 10 have low or no cost higher education opportunities, especially at state universities:

Country:Tuition fees (state universities, p.a.):Average living costs (p.m.):
Germany€0 - €3000€800 - €900
Switzerland€530 - €2200€1050
Sweden€0 - €12500€900


Out of all countries, it is mostly European representatives that can highlight affordable study options - with Germany offering top Masters courses completely free of charge for all nationalities and Sweden following the same example but for EU/EEA/Swiss students only. Speaking of Switzerland, many state universities there can offer low-cost Masters education too but if you are looking for the exact same pricing for most study fields, than there are the Netherlands – with €2087 set by the Dutch government.

Last but not least, the specialization of each country within certain study fields, industry relations and job market opportunities are all quite important too. Which is why for the most common and popular disciplines, there are countries that can have several advantages. Find out more about the following areas including recommended Masters programmes below:

Alternatively, if you are interested in meeting university representatives coming from some of the countries with the best education systems in the world, check out the upcoming Masters fairs right now!

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