The uniqueness, attractive environment, superior education, and other matters that contribute as influencing factors in the diversity of options available to students to determine their study destination, the matter is not limited to the choice of the study program and the university that offers it, cities have another influence and important role in the study experience for these students.
While some students’ research relies solely on the availability of the funded study opportunity, others prefer what makes their study experience more distinctive, unique and strong by choosing cities that are of high quality in different aspects, and they seek to make their choices more specific by relying on international standards and classifications to choose their study destination and the cities they prefer. Live in it during their studies.
The QS ranking for the best student cities is one of the most important classifications that these students use to determine their choices. Did this classification use clear criteria to rank the best student cities around the world? What are these cities? Will the list change? this will be explained in the next report.
Criteria for selecting the best student cities
The selection of the best student cities for international students is carried out according to a certain methodology, there are five specific and clear criteria on the basis of which these cities are chosen, and these criteria have contributed to the selection of 75 cities around the world according to the QS index for the best student cities, and grades are awarded according to the extent of the city’s fit with these Standards.
The global ranking of higher education institutions in the city is among those criteria, as it is required that the city includes at least two educational institutions that appeared in the world university rankings, and the degree is awarded to the city in this aspect according to the number of universities that won centers in the global ranking, and the arrangement of these centers globally, And the location of these universities in the city.
The student mix in the city is also within the criteria followed, as cities that contain a large number of students are better qualified for them by providing all the facilities they need, as well as cities that contain a large number of international students succeed in creating a suitable environment for them. Students present in classified educational institutions, the total number of international students enrolled in these institutions, and their ratio to the total number of students in them, affect and increase the extent of the convergence of the environment of these cities to the cultural background of these students, their identity and lifestyle.
The third criterion, which is the extent of attracting the characteristics of different cities that motivate students to choose these cities as their study destination, reflects these characteristics by many factors such as the quality of life in various fields such as education, health, etc.
Student cities also differ in their attraction to employers who seek to recruit graduate students from their educational institutions because they consider that these institutions offer the best graduates, which is known as the career activity of these cities, which is the fourth criterion used in the classification of student cities.
There are two indicators on which the international annual survey conducted by QS to determine this activity is based, namely the number of local operators who identify at least one educational institution in the city that graduates the best students, and the number of international operators who choose at least one educational institution that achieves the same goal. The amount of employment of young people in the city according to the degree to which it will obtain when evaluating its employment activity.
The costs in the city also affect the students ’ability to bear it and their choice of the city to be their destination, so the possibility of bearing these costs is the fifth criteria used in choosing student cities and the most important of them, and this is measured by the amount of tuition fees imposed on international students in the educational institutions in the city, The city obtained it in the Big Mac Index issued by the Economic Intelligence Unit, the Mercer Quality of Living Index, and the iPad Index, as these indicators are used to measure the cost of living in these cities.
What Are The Best Cities To Choose For You To Study?
Paris, the capital of France, surpassed all the cities that entered the competition for the title of the best student cities around the world and won the first place, and the lead of this city is mainly due to the presence of more than 18 universities among the best universities that appeared in the world university rankings, including:
- ENS Paris
- Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech
- Sciences Po Paris
- Université Paris-Sorbonne (ParisIV)
- HEC Paris
- Ecole Normale Supérieure
- Université Pierre et Marie Curie (UPMC)
- Université Paris I Pantheon-Sorbonne
- Université Paris-Sud 11
- Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7
- Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan
- École des Ponts ParisTech
- Université Paris Dauphine
- Université Paris Descartes
- Université Panthéon-Assas (Paris 2)
- Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense
- ESCP Europe
- ESSEC Business School
The percentage of international students in these universities reaches more than 18%, and Paris is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world and the richest in history and culture, and France is one of the most important countries that Arab students are advised to choose as a study destination due to the lack of high tuition fees.
Melbourne – Australia
Distinguished universities, the student mix with diverse cultures, and the popularity among students, all of these characteristics pushed Melbourne to the second place among the best student cities around the world.
- University of Melbourne
- Monash University
- Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT)
- Deakin University
- La Trobe University
- Swinburne University of Technology
- Victoria University
International students make up 30% of the students enrolled in these universities, and Melbourne is well-known as the Australian Capital of Culture, and it is one of the distinctive landmarks that highlight the beauty of Australia with its beautiful beaches and relatively moderate climate.
Tokyo – Japan
Tokyo, the capital of Japan and one of the world’s most densely populated regions, comes directly in third place in the ranking of the world’s best student cities. The city includes 13 universities that have been ranked internationally among the best universities, and the percentage of international students in these universities has reached only 7%, which provides the opportunity for students who will study in them to immerse themselves in the local culture significantly, and these universities are:
- University of Tokyo
- Tokyo Institute of Technology
- Waseda University
- Keio University
- Tokyo Medical and Dental University (TMDU)
- Tokyo Metropolitan University
- Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology
- Yokohama City University
- Yokohama National University
- Tokyo University of Science
- Ochanomizu University
- Aoyama Gakuin University
- Hitotsubashi University
Sydney – Australia
One of the largest and largest Australian cities, and it comes directly after Tokyo in the classification of the best student cities, and it is also one of the 10 best cities in the world according to the Mercer and Economist classification, and includes five universities ranked among the best universities in the world, and the proportion of international students in these universities has reached 25 %, Which:
- University of Sydney
- University of New South Wales (UNSW)
- University of Technology
- Sydney (UTS); Macquarie University
- Western Sydney University
London – Britain
Many cities will not succeed in competing with the British capital, the nerve center of the academic field, and with the largest number of universities that topped the list of the best universities in the world after the United States, as well as 19 universities among the best hundred universities in the world, four of them among the ten best universities around the world and ranked first Globally, in different disciplines such as (mathematics, arts, humanities, English language and education), and the percentage of international students in these universities has reached 42%, and these universities are:
- UCL (University College London)
- Imperial College London
- King’s College London (KCL)
- London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)
- Queen Mary
- University of London (QMUL)
- Royal Holloway University of London
- SOAS – School of Oriental and African Studies
- University of London
- Birkbeck College
- University of London
- City University London
- Brunel University
- Goldsmiths, University of London
- Kingston University, London
- Middlesex University
- London Metropolitan University
- University of East London
- University of Greenwich
- London Business School
- London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
- St. George’s
- University of London