It's that season again -- time to put away the swimsuits and beach gear and replace them with pens and papers and books. And whether you're in secondary school or uni or even in your post-graduate studies, today's Wanderlust Wonderlist is for you.
Conducted by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Intelligence Unit, the Best Student Cities are calculated based on factors that cater to and compliment the academic and personal life of students, most especially international students.
Such factors include the performance of the universities, the quality of life in the area, employment prospects, and of course, affordability.
And here are the top five cities as of 2012.
“Students in Paris often enjoy extensive access to leading academics, with small class sizes and intensive teaching belying the universities’ low tuition fees. Paris is frequently rated as one of the most liveable cities in Europe, and it scores highly in the quality of living indicator.”
“World-class facilities such as the British Library, with one of the most extensive and important collections of books and manuscripts in the world, make London a magnet for students and researchers from all over the planet.”
“Boston’s cluster of historic universities has earned it the additional nickname, ‘The Athens of America’. With Harvard and MIT ranked numbers two and three in the QS World University Rankings and Boston University also in the global top 100, Boston/Cambridge scores predictably highly in the ranking indicator, but also ranks well for student mix, quality of living, and employer activity.”
“Higher education is Australia’s number one services industry, and it’s not hard to see why the nation is such a popular study destination. Its combination of world-class universities, favorable employment prospects, high quality of life and idyllic climate doesn’t take much selling. "
“Vienna is helped into the top five in the QS Best Cities Ranking by its favorable student mix and its status as the top-scoring city for quality of living. […] for students looking for high quality of living combined with culture and affordability, Vienna is pretty hard to beat.”