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By Staff Writer

Updated July 28, 2021 Updated July 28, 2021

QS Best Student Cities ranking: 45th

Prague drops several places this year, but remains solidly in the top 50 in the QS Best Student Cities ranking. Though still establishing itself as an international study destination, the capital of the Czech Republic 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.

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® 202by the Czech Technical University in Prague and University of Life Sciences in Prague.

The city’s large and internationally diverse student community gives Prague a strong score for student mix, rising seven places this year to reach joint 36th worldwide. 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 27th in the world. 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 said they enjoyed the “integration of culture and diversity.”

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Internationally ranked universities in Prague

World ranking University
=266 Charles University
=403 Czech Technical University in Prague
801-1000 Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague

More about Prague

Despite dropping places from the last ranking, Prague performed well across all ranking indicators. It is currently in the top 50 globally for employer activity and in the top 30 for student view, a representation of how appealing of a destination it is in the eyes of students both from a professional and lifestyle perspective.

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

Number of universities ranked by QS

3

Highest-ranked institution

Charles University (joint 266th)

Population

1,306,000

Average international fees (at ranked unis)

US$3,800

Desirability rank

76th

Employer Activity rank

47th

Affordability rank

44th

Student View rank 

27th

Why study in Prague?

International student community

Prague is a very international city, especially for students. While the country's official language is Czech, there are a plethora of degrees taught in English at universities such as Charles University and Czech Technical University in Prague

Moreover, the city is close to several European countries such as Hungary, Romania, Germany, Austria, Poland Italy and Switzerland, making it easy for students to relocate there or travel around if they want to. 

Rich history

Prague is a unique European capital. Its history is rich, having been the protagonist of several major historical events as recently as the 1990s, when it split from Slovakia. 

The city is home to some of Europe's most interesting architecture, with beautiful bridges, the largest castle complex in the world, and a blend of baroque, gothic and renaissance art. 

Cost of living in Prague

Prague ranked within the top 50 cities in the world for affordability, losing several spots from the latest Best Cities ranking.

Nevertheless, the city remains more affordable than other European capitals such as Paris, Madrid and Barcelona. 

Students can expect to pay US$819 for a one bedroom apartment in the city center, with US$703 in additional monthly costs.

Life & culture in Prague

Prague is a beautiful city, home varied historical sights, distinctive architecture and unique atmosphere.

Students can enjoy a wide range of activities, from drinking and dining to cultural entertainment, shopping, a vibrant nightlife, and a unique arts and entertainment scene.

It is not by chance that Prague ranked in the top 30 in the world for student view: the city is a great location for students who seek a culturally authentic and exciting lifestyle.

Careers in Prague

Thanks to its rich history, cultural attraction and location, Prague is one of Eastern Europe's main economic hubs, ranking in the top 50 worldwide for employer activity.

The city has undergone huge economic advancements in the past decade, with manufacturing taking the lead as the most innovative sector. Other major industries to find jobs in include tourism, industry, high-tech and pharmaceuticals. 

 

This article was originally published in November 2015 . It was last updated in July 2021

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