U.S. News Releases Inaugural Best Global Universities Rankings

Students around the globe are increasingly likely to study outside of their own country. 

The number of students studying abroad rose from 800,000 in 1975 to 4.5 million in 2012, according to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. "It's been doubling once a decade," says Peggy Blumenthal, senior counselor to the president at the Institute of International Education. "There are projections it will go up to 8 million in another 10 years." 

As more students contemplate studying overseas, they are seeking the best global colleges and universities to fit their needs. To help students compare universities around the world, U.S. News has launched its inaugural Best Global Universities rankings. 

The overall 2015 U.S. News Best Global Universities rankings encompass the top 500 institutions spread out across 49 countries. In addition, the rankings include region-specific lists – of the top universities in Europe, Asia, Australia/New Zealand and Latin America – and country-specific lists highlighting the top schools in 11 countries with a large number of ranked schools: Canada, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom.