If you want to go to school outside of your home country but aren’t sure where to start looking, you’ll appreciate knowing what the best cities for international students are.
Fortunately, TopUniversities took a look at hundreds of cities and came up with the best ones for international students to attend. Check out which cities made the top five and why.
5. Paris, France
Who hasn’t considered studying in France? It’s no surprise that Paris made the top five on the list of best cities for international students. It has 18 highly ranked universities to choose from.
When you’re not in class, you can count on having plenty to see. Imagine doing your homework in a quaint Parisian café, or taking in a view of the Eiffel Tower while you study for a test. And think about visiting the Louvre to get inspiration for that art project, or going to an ancient castle before your history test.
Granted, this all comes at a price, thanks to the high cost of living in Paris. However, the tuition here is surprisingly low, with an average of $2,900. So even if you’re worried about affordability, Paris might be possible for you.
4. Montreal, Canada
Known as the cultural capital of Canada, Montreal has earned its spot on the list of best cities for international students. It only has three well ranked universities, but one of them – McGill University – is considered 30th in the world and 1st in Canada.
If you don’t yet speak French, you’ll learn quickly once you arrive in Montreal and start school. You can expect to be surrounded by not only people who speak French, but also students from all over the world, since Montreal is a common destination for immigrants.
With international fees around $12,000, Montreal is not the cheapest city to study in. But it’s still more affordable than many other cities for international students. And once you factor in the incredible multicultural, inclusive atmosphere, you’ll likely feel you’re getting a lot for your money.
3. Melbourne, Australia
Melbourne made the list because it’s home to seven highly ranked universities. But international students going to college in this city don’t merely study in their free time.
They have plenty of fun things to do and see, from breathtaking beaches and entertaining comedy clubs to tons of venues dedicated to music, nightlife, fashion, art, and more.
This city is known for being very diverse and offering lots of opportunities to learn about other cultures as a result. Its numerous multicultural celebrations every year are an example of this.
The only reason Melbourne didn’t score higher on the list of best cities for international students is that it’s not as affordable as it once was. The average international fees total a little above $23,000 USD.
2. Tokyo, Japan
Tokyo is a fairly new addition to this list of the top five best cities for international students, but deservedly so.
If you’re looking for a big city to fully immerse yourself in, Tokyo is the place. It’s great for any student looking to escape the “student bubble” and gain an authentic study abroad experience.
With 13 internationally ranked universities, you have your fair share of great schools to pick from, but that’s not only you can do in this urban hub. History buffs will appreciate Sensoji, Tokyo’s oldest temple; foodies will drool over the ramen and sushi; and those looking for an exciting nightlife will love Tokyo’s karaoke bars.
Plus, did we mention that Tokyo consistently ranks as the best in the world for professional and internship opportunities?
1. London, England
London has been among the best cities for international students for years, and there are a few reasons for this. One is the sheer number of top ranked universities, since there are 17 here.
And of course, London is where thousands of big businesses are located, so working here once you graduate is a definite possibility. After all, this city ranked third in employer activity, so employers clearly hold the colleges here in high regard.
Like Melbourne, the main drawback of London is the cost of getting an education here, or merely even living in this city. The average fees are a bit over $21,000, so international students should plan accordingly if they want to study here.
Do you plan on applying to school in any of the best cities for international students?