Where to Study
Choosing a Study Location
As more countries around the world develop world-class universities, there have never been so many attractive possibilities for international students. Find your own ideal student destination with our student-focused country guides, each covering all the essential information you need to make your decision – from university admissions, fees and visas, to the local culture and student life.
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QS Best Student City Rankings
'Rankings' is intended to take a read of the collective performance of a city’s universities in the QS World University Rankings®. The indicators have been designed to take into account the magnetism of the large numbers universities found in large cities as well as lending recognition to the locations of the world’s elite institutions. All indicators in this category carry equal weight.
Student Mix is designed to look at the student make-up of the city, both overall and from an international perspective. Cities with higher proportions of students are likely to be better equipped with the facilities students need. Cities with high numbers of international students are more likely to have the facilities to welcome more.
Quality of Living
A score based on the results of the Mercer Quality of Living Survey 2011. Since Mercer only lists 50 world cities, those not listed are automatically assigned a minimum of half the available points in lieu of further data which has been requested.
Domestic Employer Popularity A score based on the number of domestic employers who identified at least one institution in the city as producing excellent graduates International Employer Popularity [x2] A score based on the weighted count of international employers who identified at least one institution in the city as producing excellent graduates. Since all our work is focused on international students and opportunities for mobility, this indicator carries twice the weight of the domestic alternative.
Tuition Fees [x2] Usually the most substantial outlay for a student, particularly for an international student, global trends suggest that tuition fees are likely to play an increasing role in shaping international student mobility trends over the next ten years. This carries twice the weight of the other two affordability indicators. Big Mac Index A score based on the well-known index of retail pricing in cities worldwide, compiled and published by the Economist Intelligence Unit. Mercer Cost of Living Index Hong Kong is a great example of why two third-party indices of affordability have been selected. In Hong Kong, property is at a premium but food is inexpensive. Hong Kong places as the world’s 9th most expensive city in the Mercer index but is the second cheapest country in the Big Mac Index. The two working together form a more appropriate read for students.