Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometers off the southeast coast of the African continent. The people of Mauritius are multiethnic, multi-religious, multicultural and multilingual. The island's government is closely modelled on the Westminster parliamentary system, and Mauritius is highly ranked for democracy and for economic and political freedom. Mauritius is known for its varied flora and fauna, with many species endemic to the island. The island is famous for tourism well-equipped with strong banking and financial institutions along with academic institution. International students enjoy range of benefits of studying in Mauritius.