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Scholarships to Study Abroad in the World’s Best Student Cities

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Want to study abroad in one of the world’s best student cities? This year, the top 10 cities in the Best Student Cities index are Montréal, Paris, London, Seoul, MelbourneBerlin, TokyoBoston, Munich and Vancouver.

If you’re hoping to study in any of these cities, but need funding to do so, look no further. Below is a select list of scholarships for international students in each of these cities. Requirements vary for all scholarships, so make sure to read through all information from each scholarship provider before applying. All scholarship links will take you to the provider.

Scholarships to study in MontréalCanada

Overtaking Paris as this year’s number one student city is Montréal, offering an eclectic cultural mix and three world-leading universities. For more Canadian scholarships, click here.

General scholarships to study abroad in Canada:

Scholarships to study in Montréal:

Other universities in Montréal offering international scholarships:

Scholarships to study in ParisFrance

Ranked second in this year’s Best Student Cities, Paris is an iconic city packed with internationally ranked universities. See below for current scholarship opportunities to study in Paris.

General scholarships to study abroad in France:

  • Erasmus+ – A Europe-wide program led by the European Commission offering funding to international students looking to study in Europe.
  • Eiffel Scholarships in France for International Students – Master’s and PhD scholarships available to international graduate students looking to study in Paris (and the whole of France) at selected institutions.

Scholarships to study in Paris:

Other universities in Paris offering international scholarships:

Scholarships to study in LondonUK

Third in this year’s QS Best Student Cities ranking, London is the UK’s cultural and economic hub, home to 17 ranked institutions within the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017. For more scholarships to study in the UK, click here.

General UK scholarships:

Scholarships to study in London:

Other universities in London offering international scholarships:

Scholarships to study in SeoulSouth Korea

Seoul, one of Asia’s most exciting student cities, has this year been ranked fourth in the world in the QS Best Student Cities ranking, moving up six places from last year. Seoul is home to 18 institutions ranked within the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017 as well as a large community of international students. See below for funding opportunities.

General scholarships for South Korea:

Scholarships to study in Seoul:

Other universities in Seoul offering international scholarships:

Scholarships to study in MelbourneAustralia

Australia’s top study destination according to the QS Best Student Cities 2017, Melbourne is home to seven world-leading institutions, as well as a vast array of cultural and natural delights. See below for various funding opportunities to study in Melbourne. For more scholarships to study in Australia, click here.

General Australian scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Melbourne:

Other universities in Melbourne offering international scholarships:

Scholarships to study in BerlinGermany

Climbing three places this year to be ranked the sixth best student city, Germany’s capital is one of the trendiest in Europe, as well as one of the most affordable, with free tuition at bachelor’s and PhD levels. However, there are still a number of scholarships available. Click here to see more scholarships to study in Germany.

General German scholarships:

  • DAAD Scholarships – The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) offers many scholarships for international students to study in Germany at various degree levels. Click the link to view the DAAD scholarships database.
  • Erasmus+ – The largest provider of scholarships for study in the EU, Erasmus+ is led by the European Commission, funding international students to study in Europe. It provides grants towards living costs when participating in an exchange program to study in Europe.

Scholarships to study in Berlin:

Other universities in Berlin offering international scholarships:

  • Hessnatur Scholarship – German scholarships for international students interested in studying sustainability in fashion at master’s level at ESMOD in Berlin.

Scholarships to study in TokyoJapan

Ranked seventh in this year’s Best Student Cities, Tokyo boasts 13 internationally ranked institutions and offers students the chance to explore one of the most iconic and exciting metropolises in the world.

General Japanese scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Tokyo:

Other universities in Tokyo offering international scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Boston, US

Climbing five places this year to eighth in the Best Student Cities, Boston is home to some of the highest ranked universities in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, but is an expensive study destination. View more scholarships to study in the US here.

General US scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Boston:

Other universities in Boston offering international scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Munich, Germany

Ranked ninth in this year’s Best Student Cities, Munich is one of the safest cities in the index and is known for its vibrant Bavarian culture and beer. Like Berlin, it receives a high score in the Affordability category, but higher accommodation costs mean you may wish to look for financial aid:

General German scholarships:

  • The Deutschlandstipendium– Merit-based scholarships of €300 a month to support highly talented students in Germany. Your personal income or nationality are not considered in your application.

Scholarships to study in Munich:

Other universities in Munich offering international scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Vancouver, Canada

Climbing three places to rank 10th in the Best Student Cities 2017, Vancouver is known for its breathtaking scenery and opportunities for outdoor exploration. Unfortunately, it’s also the most expensive Canadian city to rent. Read on for some scholarships to help offset your costs.

Scholarships to study in Vancouver:

  • University of British Columbia – A range of scholarships and other forms of financial aid are available to international undergraduate students.  Graduate scholarships are also available.
  • Simon Fraser University – Financial aid is available to international students coming from high school, college or university.
  • Columbia College – A range of scholarships to study at the college, including the Scholarship for an International Business Student.

Other universities in Vancouver offering international scholarships:

This article was originally published in November 2014. It was updated in February 2016 and again in February 2017.

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Laura is a former staff writer for, providing advice and guidance for students on a range of topics helping them to choose where to study, get admitted and find funding and scholarships. A graduate of Queen Mary University of London, Laura also blogs about student life.

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Hi Brendah, we've listed a range of business scholarships here, and you could you could also browse our lists of scholarships to study in the US and scholarships to study in Canada. You might also like to apply for QS' Undergraduate Scholarship. Hope this helps!

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Hi Joshua, sorry for the late reply. We have lists of scholarships to study in the UK and scholarships to study in Canada, and you might also like to apply for the QS Undergraduate Scholarship. Good luck with your applications! 

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Hi Waqas, please take a look at our lists of scholarships to study in Canada and scholarships to study in Europe, which includes options to study in Ukraine. Hope this helps. 

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Appreciate your help

Hi Esraa, I'd recommend checking EU Business School's official website for scholarship opportunities if you haven't already, as there may be options available for your desired course. You could also take a look at our list of business scholarships around the world. Hope this helps!

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Hi Efrem, please take a look at our list of medical scholarships around the world. You might also like to take a look at our guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad. Hope this helps! 

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Hello Laura, I am a Senior high school student here in the Philippines and I plan to study abroad and currently I am searching for funding and scholarships. I am pursuing a bachelors degree in chemistry. Can you guide me where to find such?

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Hi Alicia, our study destination guides can help you get started in finding out how to study in popular study destinations (including advice on the admissions process), and you can find the top universities for medicine in our latest subject rankings here. We've also listed a range of medical scholarships around the world here. Hope this helps! 

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In India we have MTech in Renewable Energy Engineering & Management TERI university, Delhi in the top rankings but didn't find it in QS. Can you help?

Hi Gulfam, I'm afraid we don't currently have a subject ranking for renewable energy engineering, buy you can view the top universities for similar subjects such as electrical or mining engineering in our latest rankings. Heriot-Watt University is currently ranked joint 327th in our overall World University Rankings and 34th for mining engineering. 

What many students don't know is that even small companies (in Germany) offer scholarships, here is an example:

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Hi Henry, please take a look at our list of architecture scholarships around the world. Good luck with your applications!

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Hi Abdullah, please take a look at our list of medical scholarships around the world, which includes options to study in London. 

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Hi Himanshu, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in Europe. :)

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Hi Priyanshu, please take a look at our list of scholarships to study in the UK for more possible scholarships for London-based universities. I'd also recommend browsing the official websites of the universities you're interested in, for information on scholarships and other funding opportunities you could apply for. :)

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Hi there, I've replied to your comment regarding Canada here, and we've also listed scholarships to study in Australia. :)

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I want to study for master due to financial problem I needed to find scholarship, but I am afraid I will not qualify the qualifications. I checked all the details but I just got confused I don't know what to do. Need help.

Hi Ihea, if you're not sure about anything to do with a particular scholarship, you could always contact the scholarship provider to check what their requirements are or how you can apply. For more advice on scholarships, you might like to read our new guide on how to find scholarships to study abroad. :)

Great information here!

I know this website is concentrated in university but having a good foundation in secondary high school is imo is very helpful to those who plans ahead of their future, so if i may ask are there any scholarship for senior secondary high schools?

Are there scholarships available for less than average students like a B-Grade student

Hi Azeezat, scholarship requirements vary widely, so you should check the details provided on the respective websites. Generally however, 'merit-based' scholarships will be reserved for outstanding students while 'need-based' scholarships are based on financial need. Also look for scholarships where you can impress them with a scholarship essay instead of your grades! Laura