Usually a country is chosen by students as their study abroad destination. A country is a very big area with many sub parts called cities and states. Not all cities in a country are same. All cities have their own pros and cons. Some cities may be very well suited for education but not very easy to afford. While some cities may have good affordability but lacks laws and regulations.
While choosing a study abroad destination, students should select an institute and city instead of selecting a country. For example, most students want to study in United States of America. There 50 states making one nation with hundreds of cities. Not all of these cities are same in lifestyle and laws. Some are even considered violent by nature. If you selected just the country, you never know where you might end up regretting later.
So, my suggestion is to always research about the city too where you are going to spend next few years of life. Just like the universities and countries, cities are also ranked for the environment for students. Cities are ranked according the lifestyle, education, living cost and environment for international students.
In today’s article, I have shared the best cities of the world for international students. These cities were ranked by QS Ranking after the complete research and analysis of their large network. Let’s start with the cities here and why they are best to study abroad.
10 - Vancouver
Canada is currently 5th best ranked study abroad destination with hundreds of institute providing quality education. Vancouver is among top cities of Canada for international students. It is home to world’s 45th best university. It is also ranked 27th in employer activity.
Top Universities in Vancouver:
1 University of British Columbia (ranked 45th )
2 Simon Fraser University
Fees for international students at top ranked universities cost approximately US$18,000.
9 - Munich
Germany is also ranked 3rd best study abroad destination. Munich is the nation’s third-largest city. Top ranked institute of Munich is ranked 60th best in the world. Also learn How You Can Get Citizenship in Germany.
Top Universities in Munich:
1 Technische Universität München
2 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
There is no tuition fee in any of the top ranked universities of this city.
8 - Boston
Country: United States of America
Boston is the luckiest student city. It has the honor of being the home to world’s best and most top ranked university known as Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In addition, world’s 3rd best ranked institute, Harvard University is also found in this city. You can simply say that there is no shortage of good higher educational institutes in this city. 7 of its universities are ranked by QS Ranking.
Top Universities in Boston:
3 Boston University
4 Tufts University
5 Boston College
6 Northeastern University
7 Brandeis University
8 University of Massachusetts – Boston
Fees for international students at top ranked universities cost approximately US$46,800.
7 - Tokyo
Japan is ranked world’s 10th best study abroad destination. Moreover, now one of its biggest cities, Tokyo, has also been ranked 7th best city for students to study abroad. There 13 universities in this city ranked internationally.
Top Universities in Tokyo:
1 Tokyo University
2 Tokyo Institute of Technology
3 Waseda University
4 Keio University
5 Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)
6 Tokyo Metropolitan University
7 Hitotsubashi University
8 Yokohama City University
9 Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
10 Yokohama National University
11 Tokyo University of Science
12 Ochanomizu University
13 Aoyama Gakuin University
Fees for international students at top ranked universities cost approximately US$6,600.
6 - Berlin
As great study abroad destination as Germany is, many great students cities can be found there. Berlin is the best student city of Germany and 6th most top ranked of world. The reason is its beautiful, friendly environment and opportunities for international students. The highest ranked institute is Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin at the rank of 121. It is also ranked 16th for easy living affordability.
Top Universities of Berlin:
1 Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin
2 Freie Universität Berlin
3 Technische Universität Berlin
There is no tuition fee in any of the public universities of this city.
5 - Melbourne
Australia is ranked 4th best study abroad destination as country but it holds the honor of hosting the 3rd most international students. There are many great and beautiful cities in Australia. Among those cities Melbourne is ranked 5th best city for international students. There are 7 higher educational institutions in this city ranked by QS.
Top Universities in Melbourne:
1 University of Melbourne
2 Monash University
3 Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
4 Deakin University
5 La Trobe University
6 Swinburne University of Technology
7 Victoria University
Fees for international students at top ranked universities cost approximately US$23,300.
4 - Seoul
Country: South Korea
South Korea is also one of the most shining stars as study abroad destination. This one city alone has 14 internationally ranked universities. Its highest ranked institute is Seoul National University at 35th in the world. Read more How is Korea as Study Abroad Destination and Why You Should Study in Korea.
Top Universities in Seoul:
1 Korea University
2 Sungkyunkwan University
3 Yonsei University
4 Hanyang University
5 Kyung Hee University
6 Ewha Womans University
7 Chung-Ang University
8 Sogang University
9 Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
10 Dongguk University
11 The Catholic University of Korea
12 Segong University
13 Inha University
14 University of Seoul
15 Konkuk University
16 Dankook University
17 Seoul National University of Science and Technology
Fees for international students at top ranked universities cost approximately US$6,300.
3 - London
Country: England (United Kingdom)
London is one of the most popular city in the whole world. It is also one of the most expensive cities. However, it is also the best city of whole United Kingdom for students. It is also ranked 3rd for employer activity. It top ranked institutes are UCL (University College London) and Imperial College London, at the positions of 7th and 9th in the whole world.
Top Universities in London:
2 Imperial College London
4 London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
5 Queen Mary, University of London (QMUL)
6 Royal Holloway University of London
7 SOAS – School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
8 Birkbeck College, University of London
9 City University London; Brunel University
10 Goldsmiths, University of London
11 Kingston University, London
12 Middlesex University
13 London Metropolitan University
14 University of East London
15 University of Greenwich
16 London Business School
Fees for international students at top ranked universities cost approximately US$21,400.
2 - Paris
Most romantic city in the world and also famous for its high cost of living, it is still the 2nd best city for students to study abroad. Though living here is expensive but they have very low tuition fees which makes up for it. Its highest ranked institution is ENS Paris ranked 33rd in the world. Its Employer Activity rank is also 6th.
Top Universities of France:
1 Ecole Normale Supérieure, Paris (ENS Paris)
2 Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech
3 Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)
4 CentraleSupélec; Université Paris-Sorbonne (ParisIV)
5 Sciences Po Paris
6 Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne
7 Université Paris-Sud 11
8 Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7
9 Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan
10 École des Ponts ParisTech
11 Université Paris Dauphine
12 Université Paris Descartes
13 Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2)
14 Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
15 ESCP Europe; ESSEC Business School, Paris
16 HEC Paris
Fees for international students at top ranked universities cost approximately US$2,900.
1 - Montréal
Montreal city of the world’s friendliest country Canada is ranked world’s best city for students to study abroad by QS Ranking. Its top institute McGill University is currently ranked 32nd best of the world.
Top Universities of Montréal:
1 Université de Montréal
2 McGill University
3 Université de Montréal
4 Concordia University
Fees for international students at top ranked universities cost approximately US$12,200.