Chinese university freshmen arrive to start at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing on August 26, 2009. Ten million students sat for the 2009 highly competitive college entrance exams, which are considered crucial for Chinese families, as they can determine whether a student enters the country's educated elite or joins the general work force.

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A global, high-tech economy is helping fuel the rise in international education, experts say.

Chinese university freshmen arrive to start at the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing on August 26, 2009. Ten million students sat for the 2009 highly competitive college entrance exams, which are considered crucial for Chinese families, as they can determine whether a student enters the country's educated elite or joins the general work force.
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Asia is among the fastest growing destinations for international students, and foreign enrollment at universities in Indonesia and South Korea have more than doubled since 2005, the agency reports.

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China continues to be the most popular destination in the region, though, ranking third among countries that host the most international students, IIE reports.

The University of Hong Kong, National University of Singapore, University of Tokyo and Hong Kong University of Science and Technology are a few of the many well-regarded universities in the region.

Latin America

Brazil and Chile are experiencing a boom in international enrollment. Both countries have more than doubled the number of foreign students at their universities, the OECD reports.

Universidad de Chile and Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile, as well as Universidade de Sao Paulo and Universidade Estadual de Campinas in Brazil are among the top universities in the region.

Argentina, Colombia and Mexico are also home to some of the best universities in Latin America.

In most cases, students must speak the native language – either Spanish or Portuguese, depending on the country – in order to study in one of these countries.

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