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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 33rd

A global leader in the fashion industry and Italy’s leading financial hub, Milan has plenty to offer creative and corporate-minded students alike, with plenty to justify its position in the QS Best Student Cities 2017.

Milan still holds something of a reputation for soulless glamour and consumerism, and it’s true that the city center’s range of swanky designer stores – especially within the stunningly designed Galleria Emmanuelle Vittoria II shopping center – offer a taste of luxury and expense that’s hard to rival… even if you’re only window shopping!

Yet that doesn’t mean Milan is solely a millionaire’s playground – there is also a huge range of student-friendly goings on, both cultural and sporting (Milan is home to two of the biggest football teams in Italy, AC Milan and Internazionale), as well as a happening nightlife.

As befits its status as Italy’s financial engine-room, Milan’s highest score in the Best Student Cities index is in the Employer Activity category, helped by the presence of Università Bocconi, one of Europe’s leading business-focused universities. Corporate-minded students will find numerous internship and career opportunities within the city, with recruiters across Europe identifying universities in Milan as producers of highly hirable graduates.

Of the five ranked universities in Milan featured within the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, the Politecnico di Milano is the highest-ranked at joint 183rd in the world, and is also currently the highest ranking university in Italy.

Milan’s also been very well received by its students (appearing in the top 50 for the new Student View indicator). When asked in our student survey what the best thing about Milan is, one respondent said: “There are people coming from all over the world and this gives the chance to get to know new cultures. Do I even have to mention food and culture?”

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Politecnico di Milano (joint 183rd)



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

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