Belarus Sees Significant Drop In Number Of Foreign Students

Growth in the number of students coming to study in Belarus from overseas came to a near halt during the last academic year.

Let’s see the numbers.

At the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year, 14,635 foreigners were enrolled in the country’s universities, “Belarus in numbers” statistics says.

In the 2016-17 school year, this figure reached 15,126 people. That is, the number of international students decreased by 491 people.

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In the 2015-16 academic year there were 14,594, while in the 2014-15 academic year – 14,144 overseas students.

Fewer students arrived to Belarus from Turkmenistan, Russia, Nigeria, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan and Ukraine.

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However, more are coming from Iran, China, Tajikistan, Sri Lanka, India and Lebanon.

7108 people from Turkmenistan, 1499 from Russia, and 943 from Iran are currently studying at the Belarusian universities.

Then go 875 Chinese students, 455 from Tajikistan, and 223 from Ukraine.

However, the reason behind such a significant drop in the number of foreign students remains unknown.

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BSU, BNTU, The Academy of Public Administration under the aegis of the President of the Republic of Belaru, Yanka Kupala Grodno State University and BSUIR are among the 4000 best universities in the world.

The status was given to the universities by Webometrics Ranking of World Universities (WRWU).

Also BSU and BNTU are in the top 1000 of the world’s best universities of the Quacquarelli Symonds Ranking (QS).

BSU is among the top 400 universities in Europe, according to Times Higher Education (THE).