Universities in Taipei - QS Best Student Cities Ranking | Top Universities


By Staff Writer

Updated March 9, 2021 Updated March 9, 2021

Taipei for students

Taiwan’s universities have been steadily climbing to greater global prominence in recent years, establishing the capital as one of Asia’s leading higher education hubs. 

Rising three places this year in the QS Best Student Cities ranking, Taipei is home seven universities ranked among the world’s best in the QS World University Rankings® 2021, led by the nation’s flagship public institute, National Taiwan University (NTU) at joint 66th in the world.

Taipei sees its largest increase this year in the student mix indicator, rising 12 places to reach 65th, reflecting the city’s diverse student population.

Taipei also ranks 14th for student view (up six places this year) showing that students are enjoying their experience of the city and are often keen to stay after graduation.

When asked to name the best things about studying in Taipei, one respondent to our student survey summarized: “Inclusion. Diversity. Friendliness.” Another commented, “The local people are friendly and helpful to foreigners.

Best universities in Taipei - QS Best Student Cities ranking: 17th

World Ranking



National Taiwan University (NTU)


National Taiwan University of Science and Technology


National Yang Ming UniversityNational Taiwan Normal University


Taipei Medical University


National Chengchi University


Fu Jen Catholic University

More about Taipei

With low tuition fees and a high score across each of the QS Best Student Cities indicators, it’s easy to understand why Taipei is such a hit with students. This year, the city earns its highest scores in the affordability indicator and the student view indicator, both placing in 14th place worldwide.

Number of universities ranked by QS


Highest-ranked institution

National Taiwan University (NTU) (69th)



Average international fees (at ranked unis)


Desirability rank


Employer Activity rank


Affordability rank


Student View rank


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

Why study in Taipei

High standard of living

With excellent transportation, medical, public health and law enforcement systems, Taipei’s citizens enjoy an extremely high standard of living.

Extremely affordable

Ranking 14th in the world for affordability this year, a combination of low tuition fees and a low cost of living make Taipei a very inexpensive place to study.

It’s picturesque

With ancient temples, the skyscrapers and the stunning beaches, Taipei definitely makes for a scenic study abroad experience.

World-class education

With no fewer than seven universities featuring in the World University Rankings this year, students can study in some of the world’s best universities in Taipei.

Cost of studying in Taipei

With relatively low tuition fees and living costs, Taipei has one of the highest scores for affordability, climbing three places in the affordability indicator this year to rank 14th worldwide. This makes it well worth considering if you’re on a tight budget.

Living costs in Taipei are extremely affordable compared to most other student cities.

Numbeo estimates that a single person living in Taipei would need around US$840 per month for living expenses, plus an extra US$643 for a single bedroom apartment in the city center.

Tuition fees for universities in the city cost around US$3,500 per year for international students.

Life and culture in Taipei

Taipei has also become increasingly popular with travelers. Its attraction is something akin to that of cities like Hong Kong, in combining all the attractions of fast-paced modern city life with the appeal of more traditional cultural elements.

Taipei has been careful to look after its historical sites. Take a visit to Longshan Temple. Built in 1738 it served as a place of worship for Chinese settlers and has been rebuilt and renovated countless times after it was destroyed in earthquakes and fires over the years.  

Also worth a visit is Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall, a beautiful monument located in a quiet central park.  

If you’re looking for impressive architecture, it doesn’t come much better than Taipei 101. Once the tallest building in the world, this incredible skyscraper offers breath-taking views of Taipei. Its elevator takes only 37 seconds to go from the ground to 439 meters.

Careers in Taipei

A global leader in electronics and industrial manufacturing, Taipei is at the center of the Taiwanese economy. It scores highly in the employer activity indicator this year, ranking 30th in the world.  

There are many job opportunities available for graduates looking to stay in the city after graduation. Industries such as IT, technology, finance, journalism and international trade are constantly on the lookout for highly skilled graduates.

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

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