Multicultural, multilingual, and in 2016 named Intelligent Community of the Year, Montréal can now also lay claim to being the world’s best city for international students. Climbing six places to top this year’s QS Best Student Cities, Canada’s “cultural capital” performs well across all six categories assessed – including the new Student View component.
Montréal is home to several of Canada's highest-ranking institutions, including McGill University (currently ranked 30th in the world and 1st in Canada) and the Université de Montréal (126th in the world, 5th in Canada). The city is also a regular contender in lists of the world’s best places to live – and it seems students agree! In the Student View category added to the index this year, Montréal comes out fifth overall, with a particularly strong rating for arts and culture, as well as for its friendliness, diversity and affordability.
None of this is likely to come as a surprise. As a French-speaking city in a largely English-speaking nation that has experienced mass immigration from across the world, Montréal is known for its multicultural makeup and inclusive ethos. It’s also renowned for its laidback yet lively lifestyle, attractive boulevards, thriving creative industries, café culture, and eclectic range of arts venues, live performances and nightlife.
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McGill University (30th in the world)
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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.