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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 (technically 11, as two are joint) cities in the Best Student Cities ranking are London, Tokyo, Melbourne, Munich, Berlin, Montréal, Paris, Zurich, Sydney, Seoul and Hong Kong (SAR). 

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, in reverse order (10-1) of how they ranked this year.

Requirements vary for all scholarships, so make sure to read through all information from each scholarship provider before applying.

=10. Scholarships to study in Hong Kong

Hong Kong (SAR) is up two places in this year's Best Student Cities, now sharing joint 10th place with fellow Asian megacity Seoul.

Universities in Hong Kong offering international scholarships:

=10. Scholarships to study in SeoulSouth Korea

Seoul, one of Asia’s most exciting student cities, shares joint 10th place with Hong Kong (SAR) this year. Seoul is home to 18 institutions ranked within the QS World University Rankings® 2020 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:

9. Scholarships to study in Sydney, Australia

Also retaining its position in this year’s Best Student Cities ranking, Sydney is ranked second for both the desirability and student mix indicators, demonstrating that its diverse mix of students are certainly enjoying the city’s laid-back lifestyle. See what scholarships are on offer below.

General Australian scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Sydney:

Other universities in Sydney offering international scholarships:

8. Scholarships to study in Zurich, Switzerland

Ranked eighth in the Best Student Cities index is Zurich, Switzerland’s largest city, which hosts some of the highest-ranked universities in Switzerland, including ETH Zurich (The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), the sixth best university in the world.

Unfortunately, studying in Zurich doesn’t come cheap, but here are some scholarships that can help:

General Swiss scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Zurich:

7. Scholarships to study in ParisFrance

Down two places to rank seventh 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:

6. Scholarships to study in MontréalCanada

Montréal drops two places to rank sixth in this year’s city ranking, but is the second most popular city according to students themselves (based on our student view indicator). The city offers 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:

5. Scholarships to study in BerlinGermany

Up two places in this year’s Best Student Cities index, 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.
  • 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:

4. Scholarships to study in Munich, Germany

Up two places to rank fourth in this year’s Best Student Cities, Munich is ranked first according to the student view indicator and is known for its vibrant Bavarian culture and beer. Like Berlin, it receives a high score for affordability, but higher accommodation costs mean you may wish to look for financial aid.

General German scholarships:

Scholarships to study in Munich:

Other universities in Munich offering international scholarships:

3. Scholarships to study in MelbourneAustralia

Australia’s top study destination, 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:

2. Scholarships to study in TokyoJapan

Continuing to claim second place in the Best Student Cities, Tokyo boasts 12 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:

1. Scholarships to study in LondonUK

The UK’s cultural and economic hub, London has been crowned the best student city in the world for the second time in a row this year, and is home to 18 ranked institutions within the QS World University Rankings® 2020. 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:

This article was originally published in November 2014. It is updated at the time of every Best Student Cities launch, most recently in August 2019.

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Written by Laura Tucker
Laura is a former staff writer for TopUniversities.com, 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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