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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 30th

Prague continues to improve its position in the QS Best Student Cities ranking, climbing 13 places this year. The capital of the Czech Republic, Prague boasts three universities ranked among the world’s best. Its leading institution, Charles University, is joined in the QS World University Rankings® 2018 by the Czech Technical University in Prague and the University of Economics, Prague.

Though still establishing itself as an international study destination, Prague is already a staple in the list of top European city-break destinations, thanks to its striking castle, UNESCO-listed medieval Old Town, and thriving arts, museums and nightlife. In recent years, it’s also been recognized as an international innovation hub, ranked 29th in the Innovation Cities Index.

The city’s large and internationally diverse student community gives Prague a strong score for student mix. It also appears in the top 50 for affordability; while international tuition fees are in the mid-range, Prague is a less expensive place to live than many of the other entrants in the QS Best Student Cities.

Prague achieves its strongest rank for student view, coming fourth. This category reflects students’ own views of their experiences, and in our student survey Prague received plenty of praise for its affordability, diversity and friendliness. When asked to name the best things about studying in Prague, one student said: “It’s very affordable and comfortable to live in. Great cuisine.” Another highlighted the “Friendly atmosphere and great nightlife.” 

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Internationally ranked universities in Prague


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Highest-ranked institution

Charles University (joint 314th)



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

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Dear colleagues, I am responsible for project and I would like to remind you that Prague has less number of population - 1 267 449 (1.1. 2016)
Best regards Miroslav Vlcek, vice-rector, Czech Technical University in Prague

Hi Miroslav, thanks for your comment, your website looks very helpful! Our population statistic is for the wider Prague metropolitan area, home to 2,156,000 people. :)