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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 4th

Long since labelled as an up-and-coming destination, Seoul is certainly making good on this prediction as it continues to climb the QS Best Student Cities index – claiming 4th place in the 2017 edition.

South Korea’s capital scores well in a number of indicators used to compile the index, most notably in the Employer Activity category, where it ranks second – reflecting the strong reputation of universities in Seoul amongst both domestic and international employers.

The city also claims the third-highest score in the University Rankings category (beaten only by London and Paris). This score is explained by the impressive fact that no fewer than 18 universities in Seoul are featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2016-2017, of which the highest-ranked is Seoul National University, at 35th in the world.

But it’s not just about superb rankings and reputation. Seoul is a 24/7 city in which life is never dull. Whether it’s the sounds of night-market sellers, the atmosphere of the all-night tea houses or the cries of gamers at a ‘PC bang’ (gaming center), Seoul is as alive at 3am as it is at 5pm. The magic of this city is that boredom is impossible, with culture, history and creativity everywhere you turn.

If you need some more restful down-time from your studies, Seoul also offers many opportunities to find your inner Zen, whether at one of many Buddhist temples or in a traditional sauna or spa. Further tranquility can be found less than one hour outside of the city walls, where you can explore South Korea’s mountainous landscape and charming, historic villages.

Students and graduates of the city certainly rate their experience highly – Seoul comes 8th in the new Student View category of the index. To share your own experience of Seoul or another city, take the survey!

Internationally ranked universities in Seoul


More about Seoul


Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

Seoul National University (SNU) (35th  in the world)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student Experience rank



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

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I love the country but looking for an english speaking country

i also but no worry i can read and understand this lunguge to easiy.if i have chance i will go there

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"The magic of this city is that boredom is impossible, with culture, history and creativity everywhere you turn."