The 2019 QS Best Student Cities Rankings have been published and once again London has been ranked as the best city for study abroad students in 2019.
This news comes a month after QS ranked the United Kingdom’s higher education system as the second best globally, with the United States taking the top spot.
Cities which finish the top five slots include Tokyo, Melbourne, Munich and Berlin (in that order). This is a great difference to the 2018 rankings with Munich and Berlin replacing Montreal and Paris for the fourth and fifth spots respectively.
The rankings show the best cities for studying abroad based on a number of factors including student mix, desirability, employer activity, affordability, student view and how universities in each city performed in the QS World University Rankings.
Deciding to study abroad
Students make a number of factors when researching where to move abroad. According to a recent survey the safety of a city was important for 81% respondents, with them citing that it was important to be welcoming.
The cost of living in the city was the next important factor, with 62% of respondents stating this was important. The third highest ranking factor, that 61% of respondents valued, was that the city had high quality teaching.
As well as these factors, the QS Rankings are used to help international students make their decision when moving abroad to travel.
The top ten study abroad cities for students in 2019
The United Kingdom’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently announced his government will work with the scientific community to develop a new fast-track UK visa for scientists, a route for ‘the brightest and best’, with a view to launching it later this year.
“To ensure we continue to lead the way in the advancement of knowledge, we have to not only support the talent that we already have here, but also ensure our immigration system attracts the very best minds from around the world,” PM Johnson said.
Kate Frazer is a reporter for Global Education Times with a focus on UK/Ireland and North American education news. When she is not writing for GET News, Kate spends her time as an English and Maths tutor, and is currently pursuing her PGCE in Secondary Mathematics.
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