QS Best Student Cities ranking: 3
Small but densely populated, Singapore's reputation as a center of educational excellence has flourished in recent years.
National University of Singapore (NUS) now ranks 24th in the world, according to the 2013/14 QS World University Rankings®, and the young but upwardly mobile Nanyang Technological University currently stands at 41=, thanks in part to its success in attracting top international academics and students.
As well as becoming increasingly prominent in the higher education sector, Singapore is renowned for its prosperity and low levels of crime and unemployment. In keeping with the city’s clean-cut, corporate reputation, Singaporean graduates are much sought-after by international employers, especially throughout Asia.
Singapore's culture exhibits a blend of Chinese, Malay and Indian influences with four official languages, and this diversity is mirrored in the combined student body of its universities, which is among the most internationally diverse in the world.
The downside to Singapore's high standard of living? Correspondingly high prices. On the plus side, one thing you certainly won't need to shell out for in Singapore is central heating; its position next to the equator means it is equally scorching all year round. And if you fancy exchanging the concrete jungle for the real thing, Singapore is surrounded by tropical scenery, both throughout adjacent Malaysia, and in nearby exotic destinations such as Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.
QS ranked universities*:
More about Singapore
Number of universities ranked by QS*
Top ranked institution
NUS (24th in the world)
Average university fees
Mercer Quality Of Living rank
Mercer Cost of Living rank
Cost of a Big Mac**
Cost of an IPad***
*Universities assessed within the QS World University Rankings®.
**Based on the Big Mac Index, published by the Economist Intelligence Unit.
*** Based on the iPad Index, published by Commsec.