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QS Best Student Cities ranking: 14th

Small but densely populated, Singapore's reputation as a center of educational excellence has flourished in recent years. Its top universities, the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU) now rank 12th and 13th respectively in the QS World University Rankings®. This year the city falls slightly in the QS Best Student Cities index, but at 14th overall, it remains one of the most desirable student destinations in Asia and indeed the world.

Alongside growing prominence in the global higher education sector, Singapore remains renowned for its prosperity and low levels of crime and unemployment. In keeping with the city’s strong corporate reputation, Singaporean graduates are much sought-after by international employers, especially throughout Asia, and the city comes 11th in the Employer Activity category of the index.

The downside to Singapore's high standard of living is correspondingly high prices. Singapore is ranked the 4th most expensive out of 209 cities in Mercer’s 2016 Cost of Living Survey, and tuition fees have also increased in recent years, particularly for international students.

On the plus side, one thing you certainly won't need to shell out for in Singapore is central heating; its position next to the equator means it is equally scorching all year round. And if you fancy exchanging the concrete jungle for the real thing, Singapore is surrounded by tropical scenery, both throughout adjacent Malaysia, and in nearby exotic destinations such as Indonesia, Cambodia, Vietnam and the Philippines.

Internationally ranked universities in Singapore


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Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

National University of Singapore (12th 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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