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The Best Cities in the World to Study Abroad in 2022

by Jori Ayers Aug 2, 2021

A recent study conducted by QS (Quacquarelli Symonds, the world’s leading provider of services, analytics, and insight to the global higher education sector) ranked the best cities to study abroad in 2022.

To be considered in the study, each city must have a population of over 250,000 and also have at least two universities featured in the most recent QS World University Rankings®. 125 cities were selected and looked at very closely to draw this ranking.

The ranking is based on six categories: university rankings, student mix, desirability, employer activity, affordability, and student view (“based on a survey of students and recent graduates around the world,” the website explains). The six categories are given equal weight when calculating the overall numerical ranking.

The top 10 best cities to study abroad:

  1. London, United Kingdom
  2. Munich, Germany
  3. Seoul, South Korea
  4. Tokyo, Japan
  5. Berlin, Germany
  6. Melbourne, Australia
  7. Zurich, Switzerland
  8. Sydney, Australia
  9. Boston, United States
  10. Montreal, Canada
  11. Paris, France
  12. Edinburgh, Scotland

London got the top place for the second year in a row. Several cities scored the same, like Seoul and Tokyo and Boston, Montréal, and Paris holding the ninth spot. Boston is the only US city in the top 15 — New York City ranks 15th and San Francisco ranks 24th.

For the full ranking of the best cities to study abroad, visit the QS website.

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