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Biggest Schools in the World by Country 2023

One thing that is important to consider is the fact that there are a number of ways to measure the sizes of schools. However, one common metric to use when comparing the sizes of schools is the total number of students actively enrolled in schools. If you go by this criteria, then the largest school in the world is the Indira Gandhi National Open University. The Indira Gandhi National Open University is located in the city of New Delhi in the country of India. There are more than 7.14 million students actively enrolled at the Indira Gandhi National Open University.

Country
Enrollment 2023 ūüĒĹ
School
India7,140,000Indira Gandhi National Open University
Bangladesh2,097,182National University, Bangladesh
Turkey1,969,733Anadolu University
Pakistan1,121,038Allama Iqbal Open University
Indonesia1,045,665Universitas Terbuka
Iran1,000,000Islamic Azad University
Nepal604,437Tribhuvan University
Thailand525,000Ramkhamhaeng University
Mexico349,515National Autonomous University of Mexico
South Africa328,179University of South Africa

Another one of the biggest schools in the world is Allama Iqbal Open University. You can find this university in the city of Islamabad in Pakistan. The Allama Iqbal Open University was founded in 1974. A total of 1.4 million students are actively enrolled at the Allama Iqbal Open University.

The next largest school on the list by active enrollment is actually a system of community colleges, specifically the California Community Colleges System. Obviously, this system is in the state of California. In terms of students actively enrolled in this system of community colleges, there are 2,133,846 students in total.

After the California Community Colleges System, the largest school in the world by active enrollment is the National University, Bangladesh. This university is in Gazipur, Bangladesh. This is a somewhat newer university, since it was founded in 1992. 2,097,182 students are actively enrolled at the National University, Bangladesh.

The trend of most of these schools being in Asia continues with the fifth-largest school in the world by active enrollment. Anadolu University is a university in the city of Eskisehir in the country of Turkey. Nearly two million students are actively enrolled at Anadolu University. More specifically, the exact figure is 1,974,343 students.

What Are The Biggest Schools in the World by Area?

Aside from active enrollment, the most common factor used to determine the biggest school in the world is the size of the campus. This is difficult to determine, since many schools do not share the exact area of their campus. However, based on the information that is available, the largest school in the world by area is the City Montessori School in the city of Lucknow, India. The City Montessori School in Lucknow, India has approximately 14 branches spread out all across the city.

What Is the Largest University in the US by Enrollment?

There are many universities in the US that have a large number of students. If we go by active enrollment, then the largest university in the United States is Texas A&M University, College Station. The total number of actively enrolled students is unclear, but the figure is approximately 67,580 students.

The second largest university in the US by enrollment is the University of Central Florida. The University of Central Florida is located in the city of Orlando. There are 66,183 students actively enrolled at the University of Central Florida.

Notes:
- Table displays the single largest university in each country when sorted by attendance.
- It is entirely possible for a given university to have a larger physical area than the university listed, but a lower overall attendance.
- Attendance for Trinidad and Tobago's University of the West Indies is listed at source as 60,000+

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Country
Enrollment 2023
School
India7,140,000Indira Gandhi National Open University
Bangladesh2,097,182National University, Bangladesh
Turkey1,969,733Anadolu University
Pakistan1,121,038Allama Iqbal Open University
Indonesia1,045,665Universitas Terbuka
Iran1,000,000Islamic Azad University
Nepal604,437Tribhuvan University
Thailand525,000Ramkhamhaeng University
Mexico349,515National Autonomous University of Mexico
South Africa328,179University of South Africa
Romania311,928Spiru Haret University
Argentina311,175University of Buenos Aires
Spain260,079National University of Distance Education
United Kingdom253,075Open University
Brazil215,000Est√°cio S.A.
Russia200,000Modern University for the Humanities
Saudi Arabia177,234King Abdulaziz University
South Korea173,758Korea National Open University
Dominican Republic170,530Universidad Autónoma de Santo Domingo
Egypt170,000Ain Shams University
Uruguay144,108University of the Republic
Guatemala124,000Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala
France120,000Centre national d'enseignement à distance
Italy112,564Sapienza University of Rome
Greece104,000National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
Malaysia100,000Universiti Teknologi MARA
Austria91,000University of Vienna
Kenya84,000University of Nairobi
Canada84,000University of Toronto
China80,000Shanghai Open University
Germany76,689University of Hagen
Australia73,807Monash University
United States73,284Texas A&M University
Croatia72,480University of Zagreb
Japan70,667Nihon University
Philippines68,249Polytechnic University of the Philippines
Trinidad and Tobago60,000University of the West Indies
Belgium55,484KU Leuven
Colombia53,581National University of Colombia
North Macedonia50,000University of Skopje
Slovenia48,821University of Ljubljana
Portugal48,100University of Lisbon
Poland44,400University of Warsaw
Denmark43,600Aarhus University
Costa Rica42,750Universidad de Costa Rica
Venezuela41,059Universidad Central de Venezuela
Norway39,000Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Singapore38,300National University of Singapore
Peru37,032National University of San Marcos
Finland36,500University of Helsinki
Albania35,000University of Tirana
New Zealand33,050University of Auckland
Ireland32,900University College Dublin
Hong Kong32,000Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Botswana32,000University of Botswana
Taiwan31,758National Taiwan University
Netherlands31,186University of Amsterdam
Bosnia and Herzegovina30,866University of Sarajevo
Sweden30,646Lund University
Angola29,827Agostinho Neto University
Switzerland26,356University of Zurich
Israel26,023Tel Aviv University
Belarus25,500Belarusian State University
Bulgaria18,911Sofia University
Iceland13,782University of Iceland
Macau10,373Macau University of Science and Technology
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Which country has the largest school in the world?

With 7.1 million students, the country with the largest school system in the world is India. The next country in size is Bangladesh, but this country only has 2.1 million students.

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