A study by QS Top Universities has revealed that London is the best city in the world for study abroad programs. The QS Best Student Cities considers a range of factors, such as affordability, desirability and the opinions of current students. With its easy accessibility to museums (all British museums are free), and its friendly pub life, London came at the top. The city is home to several leading universities, including UCL (University College London), Imperial College London, and King’s College London. The city has been a student favorite for years and has plenty of world-class academic institutions for students to choose from.
The QS Best Student Cities ranking showcases the best urban destinations for international students, based on a diverse range of indicators grouped into five key categories.
To be considered for inclusion, each city must have a population of over 250,000, and be home to at least two universities featured in the most recent QS World University Rankings®. For population metrics, the metropolitan area is used where possible. Current calculations suggest that 164 cities qualify for consideration.
After London came Munich, Germany, followed by a tie in third place: Seoul and Tokyo. Munich had a score of 97.4, while Seoul and Tokyo scored slightly lower with 96.7. Fourth came the German capital with a score of 95.9. Berlin is ideal for riding one’s bicycle or using the efficient public transportation system. The city has also an extensive cultural and nightlife on offer.
In early July, Germany reopened its borders to travelers coming from the UK and Portugal, as well as several other countries, repealing a ban which had previously been instituted because of Covid-19 concerns.
Paris, with 92.1, tied in 9th place with Boston and Montreal. The French capital has top museums, a myriad of coffees and restaurants, plus ease of access to other European capitals such as London, Brussels and Amsterdam.
The only US city to appear on the the list was Boston. The beautiful East Cost city is cut by the Charles River and along with its neighboring Cambridge, host top universities such as Harvard, MIT, and Boston University.
US citizens are able to travel to Europe and other parts of the world; the same, however, is currently not being reciprocated. In late July, Biden’s administration announced that the ban on flights from the Schengen area would remain until further notice.