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Study in Pakistan

Although perhaps not one of the first study abroad destinations which come to mind, Pakistan (Officially the Islamic Republic of Pakistan) has a great deal to offer international students, with a rich diversity in its culture, landscapes and people, as well as well-respected universities.

If you’d like to study in Pakistan, read on for information about Pakistani universities, student cities, applications, costs and more. 

Fast Facts

  • Pakistan gained independence from the British Indian Empire in 1947. At the time, there were only two higher education institutions; there are now 174.
  • The country has the sixth-largest population in the world (estimated at 199 million in 2015).
  • The birthday of Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, is celebrated as a national holiday (25th December).
  • The capital city is Islamabad, but Karachi is the largest city.
  • Official languages are English and Urdu, but more than 60 languages are spoken.
  • The government is a federal parliamentary republic, with both a president and a prime minister.
  • Currency is the Pakistani rupee (PKR). At the time of writing, one US dollar is equivalent to approximately 105 rupees.
  • Pakistan is unique among Muslim countries as it is the only country to have been created in the name of Islam. Pakistan’s name translates to "Land of the Pure" in Urdu and Persian.
  • Vehicles drive on the left-hand side of the road.
  • The area of Pakistan is roughly equivalent to that of France and the UK combined.
  • Pakistan shares its borders with four neighboring countries – Afghanistan, China, India and Iran.
  • Home to some of the world’s highest mountain ranges, including parts of the Himalayas and the Hinda Kush range, and the world’s second highest mountain – K2.
  • The Karakoram Highway is one of the highest paved international roads in the world, connecting China and Pakistan at an elevation of 4,693 meters (15,397 ft).
  • The Gwadar Port is the largest deep-sea port in the world.