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International universities that teach in English

Do you want to study abroad but are looking for courses taught in English? Here are some of the top international universities that may be well suited to your language requirements

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Grace McCabe

Content Writer, THE Student
April 12 2023
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Studying abroad comes with many challenges, and these sometimes include learning a new language. However, many universities around the world offer programmes in English even if the country has another official language. 

English-speaking countries such as the UK, the US, Australia and Ireland or countries where English is one of the official languages, such as India, South Africa, Singapore and Canada, teach most of their university programmes in English. For example, French-speaking provinces in Canada such as Quebec and New Brunswick offer programmes in both French and English. 

In other areas of the world, one way to study in English is to find an American College in your chosen country. Some options include the American College of Thessaloniki in Greece, the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates. 

However, if you want to study in a country where English isn’t an official language, here is a list of some universities that offer programmes in English. This is not comprehensive, but is a great starting point and might help you to discover some institutions and countries you will not have considered before. 


John Cabot University – Italy 
John Cabot University is a private liberal arts university that teaches all its programmes in English. The student body comprises people from all over the world. Italian language classes are available too. 

Maastricht University – Netherlands 
It is common for universities in the Netherlands to teach in English, so the chances are that whichever university you choose there will be some courses that are taught in English. Maastricht University offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes in social sciences, business, economics, arts, life sciences, law, psychology and humanities. The institution itself has many international students and is located close to Germany and Belgium, so you can easily travel to other parts of Europe. 

Prague University of Economics and Business – Czech Republic 
Also known as VŠE, this university offers English-taught programmes in management and economics, including 12 foreign degree programmes (four bachelor and eight master’s), several MBA programmes available in English or French and six PhD programmes. 

Stockholm University – Sweden 
This institution offers many postgraduate programmes in English and a handful of bachelor’s degrees because most locals in Sweden speak English as a second language. The university also offers free Swedish-language courses to all students.

Technical University of Munich – Germany 
It currently offers 70 programmes that are English-taught. These include management, engineering, space science and technology, and chemistry programmes.

Many other universities throughout Germany teach in English as well, so if Germany is your destination of choice there are many options. 

University of Applied Sciences Upper Austria – Wels, Austria
This city university offers programmes in languages, law, economics, communication, information technology and social sciences as English-taught courses. Students have the option to expand their studies to working with local businesses on research and development. 

University of Barcelona – Spain 
This university offers several programmes in English for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students. Bachelor courses include business, tourism, economics and law. Master’s students can consider courses in arts and humanities, science and engineering, health and social sciences. 

University of Pécs - Hungary 
One of the oldest institutions in Hungary, the University of Pécs opened in 1367 and offers programmes across multiple campuses. These courses are available in English and German and cover medicine, natural sciences, engineering, art, political science, law, business and economics. 

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Asia Pacific University of Technology & Innovation – Malaysia 
The student community at this Kuala Lumpur institution comprises students from more than 130 different countries. The university offers several English-taught programmes focusing on technology, including business, engineering, computing and media. 

University of Malaya – Malaysia 
Established in 1905, the University of Malaya is one of the most popular institutions in Malaysia. Based in Kuala Lumpur, it offers programmes in English across several disciplines for undergraduate, postgraduate and PhD students. 

Hokkaido University – Japan 
There are a few universities in Japan that teach in English, and Hokkaido University in Sapporo is one of them. It offers English-taught programmes for undergraduates, postgraduates and PhD students. These programmes cover topics including chemistry, earth and ocean sciences, and material sciences.

Sophia University – Japan 
Students who attend Sophia University in Tokyo can choose from various programmes in the liberal arts and sciences that are taught in English. Students are encouraged to learn Japanese while they attend the university.

National Taiwan University – Taiwan 
The National Taiwan University in Taipei offers English-taught programmes for postgraduate and PhD students. You can choose from economics, management, fine arts, medicine and engineering.

Taipei Medical University is a popular English-speaking university in Taiwan, with many international students attending from more than 30 countries. Taipei is considered an affordable city for international students. 

Tsinghua University – China 
Situated in Beijing, the institution offers English-taught programmes for undergraduates, postgraduates and PhDs. Programmes available in English include law, engineering, journalism, architecture, computing and healthcare.

University of Hong Kong – Hong Kong
At Hong Kong University, all classes are offered in English, covering arts, business, engineering, law and sciences. With strong ties to universities around the world and teaching staff from more than 40 countries, the university is home to international students from more than 96 countries worldwide. 

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Africa and the Middle East

Port Said University – Egypt 
Located in the third-largest city in Egypt, this offers undergraduate and postgraduate English-taught courses across engineering, science, medicine, pharmacy, nursing, commerce, law, arts, technology and education.

University of Jordan – Jordan 
This Amman-based university offers 91 undergraduate and 115 postgraduate programmes in fields such as medicine, dentistry, engineering, nursing, pharmacy, rehabilitation sciences, science and information technology, many of which are offered in English. 

South America 

Universidad Torcuato Di Tella – Argentina 
This Buenos Aires institution is one of very few universities in South America that teaches in English, including literature, political science, economics, business, design, history, human rights, international relations and law. 

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