Accounting for 30% of the world's land mass and 60% of the world's population (according
to the United Nations Population Fund), Asia can't be overlooked. Birthplace of Buddhism
and Hinduism and home to the largest Muslim population in the world, Asia is a spiritual
treasure trove, boasting a wealth of faith systems and religious practices.
One of the fastest growing economic regions in recent years, East Asia and the Pacific
now account for close to 20% of total global growth, according to the World Bank.
Asia's major cities -- such as Tokyo, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore -- offer
a glimpse into the future, yet students can also explore the rich history of the region
through study in the region's more rural areas.