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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 2nd

After four consecutive years at the top of the QS Best Student Cities index, the 2017 edition sees the French capital fall one place (losing out to fellow Francophone city Montréal).

Paris’ consistently strong placing in the index is largely due to its high concentration of internationally ranking universities. Home to 18 universities featured in the QS World University Rankings® (either overall or in specific indicators), it lays claim to comfortably more world-leading institutions than almost any city on the planet – with the exceptions of Seoul (also 18) and London (17).

While Paris does have a (justified) reputation for its high cost of living, this is to a large extent balanced out by low tuition fees – though of course enjoying all the delights of life in this iconic European capital will certainly stretch your student budget, especially if you’re into haute couture and haute cuisine

Elite Parisian universities and specialized schools such as ENS ParisEcole Polytechnique ParisTech,Sciences Po ParisUniversité Paris-Sorbonne (ParisIV) and HEC Paris have produced some of the most important philosophers, theorists, scientists, politicians, business leaders and mathematicians of the last 100 years, along with seminal movements in literature, film and art. Today, Parisian graduates are targeted by a vast range of employers across the continent, as is reflected in the city’s strong score in the Employer Activity category of the index.

Though its reign at the top of the Best Student Cities table has now been interrupted, the City of Love is certain to hold its place in the hearts of prospective students across the world. Will it be back in the number one spot next year? Have your say.

Internationally ranked universities in Paris


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Number of institutions ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

ENS Paris (33rd in the world)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


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Student Experience rank



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

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please can I get half scholarship in france ,china ,japan ,usa, or United kingdom.
I can play football and I have a dream of exposing my football

can i get full ride scholarship in USA OR PARIS

Hi Tesin, we've listed a range of scholarships to study in Paris here and you can view our list of scholarships to study in the US here. Best of luck with your applications! 

Please which school is the most affordable for master of architecture (English program) in Paris