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Study in Guangzhou

By Niamh O

Updated July 28, 2021 Updated July 28, 2021

We take a closer look at why students are choosing Guangzhou for their studies.

Guangzhou is a brand-new addition to the QS Best Student Cities 2022 at joint 110th.

The Chinese metropolis in the south of the country is an important industrial and trade location with the nickname ‘Factory of the World’.

Three universities in Guangzhou feature in the QS World University Rankings® 2022, the most notable of which is Sun Yat-sen University, which stands at 260th in the world.

The size of a city can make a big difference on your study experience. Some students prefer the feel and pace of larger busy cities, while some may prefer a smaller and calmer feel. Guangzhou averages a population of about 13,302,000 residents and covers some 3843km2.

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Best universities in Guangzhou: QS Best Student Cities ranking: =110th


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Sun Yat-sen University (260th)



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

This article was originally published in July 2021 .

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Niamh is Deputy Head of Content at QS (;, creating and editing content for an international student audience. Having gained her journalism qualification at the Press Association, London and since written for different international publications, she's now enjoying telling the stories of students, alumni, faculty, entrepreneurs and organizations from across the globe.  

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