Home of Ivy League member the University of Pennsylvania, 12th in the QS World University Rankings, and also Drexel University (401-450) and Temple University (551-600), Philadelphia certainly has appeal as a study destination.
It is perhaps best known, though, for being the focal point of many of the most significant events the United States’ independence movement in the 18th century. Most significantly, it was where the Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776. Accordingly, the city – which can also boast the country’s oldest residential street – enjoys a booming tourist trade, based around this rich history.
But off the tourist trail, the City of Brotherly Love is a multifaceted modern metropolis. It enjoys a booming music and theatre scenes, one of the world’s biggest and most-visited art galleries, and Philadelphians are known for being passionate about sport at both professional and university level. In recent years it has also become something of a foodies’ favorite, too, though the city’s cuisine will always be associated primarily with the simple pleasures of the steak and cheese submarine sandwich (the ‘Philly cheesesteak’).