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Need help choosing a university, applying to grad school or planningyour graduate career? Get free advice with QS's Student Guides.

How to Study Abroad in Germany

Thinking of studying in Germany? Get ready with our updated guide, with everything you need to know!

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QS Arab Region University Rankings 2020 Supplement

Learn even more about the top universities in the Arab region with our rankings supplement for the QS Arab Region University Rankings 2020.

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QS Latin America University Rankings 2020 Supplement

Learn even more about the top universities in Latin America with our rankings supplement for the QS Latin America University Rankings 2020.

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QS EECA University Rankings 2020 Supplement

Learn even more about the top universities in emerging Europe and central Asia with our rankings supplement for the QS EECA University Rankings 2020.

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QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020 Supplement

Featuring over 500 of the world’s top universities, the QS Graduate Employability Rankings 2020 provides unique insights into how successfully today's institutions are preparing their students for graduate life. Download this guide to learn more about how each featured university performed for the five assessed categories: employer reputation, alumni outcomes, industry partnerships, student-employer connections, and employment rates.

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QS Top Grad School Guide 2019/20

This year's Top Grad School guide is packed full of useful rankings insights as well as interviews with this year's QS scholarship winners - find out what it takes for your application to be selected!

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QS World University Rankings 2020 Supplement

Gain detailed insights into the results of the QS World University Rankings 2020 with this digital supplement, which explores the world's top 1,000 universities in greater detail and examines what has changed in higher education over the last 12 months.

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QS World University Rankings 2020 Supplement

Gain detailed insights into the results of the QS World University Rankings 2020 with this digital supplement, which explores the world's top 1,000 universities in greater detail and examines what has changed in higher education over the last 12 months.

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QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 Supplement

Gain detailed insights into the results of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2019 with this digital supplement. Discover the specialist strengths of universities from around the world in 48 different subjects, and learn more about the top universities for mining engineering.

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QS Latin America University Rankings 2019 Supplement

Featuring the top universities from Latin America, the QS Latin America University Rankings provide a fascinating insight into how the region's top universities compare against each other.

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QS Emerging Europe and Central Asia University Rankings

Featuring the top universities from Emerging Europe and Central Asia, the QS EECA University Rankings provide a fascinating insight into how the region's top universities compare against each other.

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QS Arab Region University Rankings 2019 Supplement

Featuring the top universities from the Arab region, the QS Arab Region University Rankings provide a fascinating insight into how the region's top universities compare against each other.

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QS Asia University Rankings 2019 Supplement

Featuring the top universities from Asia, the QS Asia University Rankings provide a fascinating insight into how the region's top universities compare against each other.

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BRICS Rankings Supplement

Featuring the top universities from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, the BRICS Rankings provides a vital snapshot of how the five BRICS nations compare against each other.

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Top Grad School Guide 2017/18

Want to go to grad school? Download our latest guide for advice on PhDs, admissions tests, careers, funding and more.

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How to Work Abroad

Want to work abroad during or after your studies? Our guide will tell you everything about visas and applications.

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How to Start Your Own Business at University

Want to start your own business at university? Find out how to get started with our free guide.

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How to Apply to Grad School

Want to go to grad school? Find out all you need to know with our complete guide.

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How to Find a Job After University

Looking for a graduate job? Get prepared with our complete guide on perfecting your CV and finding the job for you.

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How to Find and Fund a PhD

Want to study a PhD? Get ready with our complete guide on how to find and fund the PhD for you, including advice on low-cost study destinations and post-PhD career options.

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How to Apply to University Abroad

Thinking of applying to study abroad? Download this free guide to learn all you need to know about applying to universities abroad, from choosing a university to submitting an application.

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Students Online: Global Trends 2014

How do prospective students use digital resources to research higher education? This report on global trends in students’ online usage draws on a survey of more than 2,200 prospective students worldwide. “Almost 40% of respondents reported difficulty finding information about scholarships and funding, while almost 20% identified student visas as a problem area.” Students Online: Global Trends, page 6 “Email remains the preferred method of communication, but response times need to be improved to keep pace with the new expectations and immediacy offered by social media.” Students Online: Global Trends, page 21

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How Do Students Use Rankings?

What are the key motivations driving international students to consult university rankings, and how do the results feed into their decisions? Based on an international student survey and a series of in-depth focus groups, the report also addresses the question of what the ideal “student-created ranking” would look like, and assesses the relative importance of university rankings compared to other factors.

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Students Online: Global Trends 2015

How do prospective students use digital resources to research higher education? Which online platforms have the biggest impact on students’ final decisions? How is social media impacting on student choice? And what information do prospective students struggle to find online?

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Postgraduate Applicant Ambitions

What do prospective master’s and PhD students hope to achieve after graduating? What impact do they expect their qualification will have on their career path and earnings? And what are their priorities when choosing an employer? These issues are explored in Part 2 of this year’s QS World Grad School Tour Applicant Survey, produced in association with Cambridge English Language Assessment. Based on a global survey of more than 7,000 prospective international postgraduates, the report examines applicants’ employment expectations and ambitions.  

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International Student Motivations

What do international students look for when choosing a country to study in? Which key factors can make all the difference when choosing between two similar universities? And what are the underlying expectations and aspirations driving applicants to study abroad in the first place? These questions are addressed in Part 1 of this year’s QS World Grad School Tour Applicant Survey, produced in association with Cambridge English Language Assessment. Based on a global survey of more than 7,000 prospective international students, the report examines key trends in international student motivations at each stage of the application process.

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