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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 45th

The capital of Belgium and headquarters of the European Union, Brussels is known for its international character – and this is reflected in the high proportion of international students at its universities. As well as being known for its international diversity and central role in European politics, Brussels is also famed for its chocolate shops, comic strip art, pubs, cafés and attractive architecture.

Two Brussels-based universities feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) – both ranked within the world’s top 220. The first is predominantly French-speaking and the second Dutch-speaking (these are the two official languages of the city), but both offer courses in English at graduate level.

In addition to a strong score in the Student Mix category of the QS Best Student Cities index, Brussels also scores very well for both Desirability and Affordability, offering relatively low tuition fees.

The city has also proved a hit with students, placing within the top 50 of the new Student View category and receiving praise for its friendliness, diversity and cuisine. When asked to name the best thing about studying in Brussels, one student commented: “The diversity of people and the many internship and job opportunities.

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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.

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