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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 16th

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Vienna is home to Austria's two highest-ranked universities, the University of Vienna at 153rd in the world and the Vienna University of Technology at 197th. It's also frequently ranked as one of the world's most livable cities, and offers some of the lowest tuition fees around for international students. In fact, according to the QS Best Student Cities 2016, Vienna is the most affordable city in the world’s top 20 after Berlin and Munich.

One of Europe's most historic capitals, Vienna is awash with cultural riches, from the theaters and concert halls that witnessed the earliest performances of masterpieces by Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert, to the Sigmund Freud Museum, and numerous galleries displaying the works of Viennese artists such as Gustave Klimt and Egon Schiele.

As well as consistently ranking strongly in the “desirability” category (which draws on several indicators designed to assess quality of living), Vienna also scores very well in the “student mix” field, thanks to its relatively large and internationally diverse student community. So while its selection of internationally ranked universities is much smaller than cities such as London or Paris, Vienna is pretty hard to beat as a European city offering high quality of living combined with cultural activity and affordable tuition fees.

QS ranked universities

 

More about Vienna

Number of universities ranked by QS

2

Top ranked institution

University of Vienna (153rd in the world)

Population

2,420,000

Students (% of total population)

2.5% (based on ranked institutions)

International students

30.0% (of students at ranked institutions)

Average tuition fees

US$500

Global Liveability Ranking

2nd  (out of 140)

Mercer Cost of Living rank

56th  (out of 214)

Cost of a Big Mac

US$3.71

Cost of an iPad

US$545.64

Numbeo safety rank

98th  (out of 446)

Numbeo pollution rank

273rd (out of 300)

Transparency International score

26th  (out of 177)

 

Sources: QS World University RankingsGlobal Liveability Ranking (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); Big Mac Index (The Economist’s Intelligence Unit); iPad Index (Commsec); Cost of Living Survey (Mercer); Corruption Perceptions Index (Transparency International).

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I WILL LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT THIS PROCESS, I WISH I COULD STUDY IN VIENNA

Hello, have you seen our guide to studying in Austria? This should answer any questions you have about the process of applying to study there. We also have a general Frequently Asked Questions page on studying abroad. Good luck!

This really nice article of yours. Please keep on posting good informative article because it helps and it is engaging.

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I WANT TO APPLY TO STUDY CIVIL ENGINEERING IN YOUR INSTITUYION PLEASE HELP ME BUT I DON'T NO HOW TO APPLY

Hello. I'm afraid we're not actually a university - we just provide information about universities. The application process will vary depending on the country you want to study in, and the level of study. For more information, check the 'Practical Info' section provided in our country guides: http://www.topuniversities.com/where-to-study

Hope this is helpful!

what does a low/high quality of living rank indicate.?

Hi Krishnendu. Currently the Quality of Living score is based on the Mercer Quality of Living Survey. This takes into account 39 factors covering 10 categories - you can find out more here: http://www.mercer.com/qualityoflivingpr#city-rankings

For the upcoming QS Best Student Cities, due out on 20 November, the Quality of Living score will also take into account data from the GaWC index of global cities: http://www.lboro.ac.uk/gawc/index.html

You can see the full methodology for the QS Best Student Cities here: http://www.topuniversities.com/university-rankings-articles/qs-best-student-cities/qs-best-student-cities-2014-methodology

how can I study German language in Vienna universities