The 2016 edition of the QS Best Student Cities index has been extended to feature 75 cities (previously 50), highlighting even more leading international study destinations across the globe.
This is the fourth consecutive year in which Paris has topped the list, thanks to its impressive number of internationally ranked universities, strong reputation among graduate employers, high quality of life, and relatively low tuition fees.
Melbourne holds onto second place, with fellow Australian city Sydney close behind in fourth position. Following the continued progress of its leading universities in the global rankings, Singapore gains nine places this year to rank sixth. Berlin also gains ground, climbing six places to rank ninth, and – largely thanks to the free tuition offered at public universities in Germany – receives the strongest ‘affordability’ score in the top 10.
The ranking is compiled based on 18 indicators grouped into five key categories: university rankings, student mix, desirability, employer activity, and affordability. The results are presented in an interactive table, which can be sorted to show cities’ performance overall, and in each category.
Though the US is no longer featured in the top 10, with Boston falling to 13th place this year, it is the most-featured country in the index, with 11 representatives. The UK follows with eight entries, while Australia has seven.