melbourne ranked best in australia for international students
Melbourne was ranked best city in Australia for international students. Image: Canva.
  • The laneway capital adds another feather to its cap
  • Australia was ranked third overall behind Japan and South Korea
  • The rankings take into account a large number of factors

A new piece of research has uncovered which cities are the best to study in, with four Australian locations making the top 20.

Conducted by online higher education resource, Helpful Professor, the study took into account over 1,300 universities across 339 cities in 85 countries.

The best cities to study in were considered for the number of universities within the city, the average university score, average international students, cost of living, freedom, safety, and friendliness.

Melbourne was ranked best in Australia, and fifth best in the world. Melbourne was also ranked the best city for international immigrants earlier this month.

Australia as a whole ranked third in the world behind Japan and South Korea, beating the likes of the Netherlands, Sweden, Denmark and the United Kingdom.

The top 20 cities to study in worldwide

Rank

City Total Score (out of 100)
1 Montreal, Canada

62

2

Tokyo, Japan 61
2 Vancouver, Canada

61

4

Glasgow, United Kingdom 59
5 Melbourne, Australia

55

6

Liverpool, United Kingdom 54

6

Copenhagen, Denmark

54

6 Manchester, United Kingdom

54

6

Munich, Germany 54
6 Sydney, Australia

54

11

Dublin, Ireland 52
11 Brisbane, Australia

52

11

London, United Kingdom 52
14 Seoul, South Korea

51

14

Aachen, Germany 51
16 Canberra, Australia

49

16

Delft, Netherlands 49
16 Cambridge, United Kingdom

49

16

Paris, France 49
20 Vienna, Austria

48

20

Groningen, Netherlands 48
20 Maastricht, Netherlands

48

20

Lund, Sweden 48
20 Toronto, Canada

48

Source: Helpful Professor, Best Cities to Study in the World.

Helpful Professor scores each city based on several factors.

The number of universities each city has is one of those factors, with the company noting that: “City’s boasting multiple top universities are sure to have an established student ecosystem, so the larger the city, the better it is for students.”

Rankings for capital cities tending to reflect this notion, the research noting “… capital cities often have a rich history of hosting young people for higher education, they tend to offer superior infrastructure.”

The study also considered the average university score, referring in particular to the QS rankings, or to give it its full name: Quacquarelli Symonds.

Helpful Professor said it used the scores from QS and averaged it across the universities within each city.

The number of international students in each city was also considered, with the Helpful Professor also taking into account information from QS with regard to international student numbers.

Cities typically saw 3055 international students per year.

Whether you can get by on a shoestring was another factor, with the sharp rises in the cost of living even more pronounced today. The study took into account figures from Numbeo on which cities were more budget-friendly, with New York City scoring a wallet-whimpering 100, while lower scores indicated a more pocket-friendly location.

Helpful Professor used Freedom House figures to determine how free a country or city was. Safety was another important factor, again using figures from Numbeo.

Finally, friendliness was considered in the city rankings, taking inspiration from Rough Guides’ The World’s Friendliest Cities.

The best cities to study in for Australia

Rank

City Total Score (out of 100)
1 Melbourne, Australia

55

2

Sydney, Australia 54
3 Brisbane, Australia

52

4

Canberra, Australia 49
5 Adelaide, Australia

45

6

Perth, Australia 43
7 Hobart, Australia

41

8

Gold Coast, Australia

36

Source: Helpful Professor, Best Cities to Study in the World.

The top 20 countries to study in worldwide

Rank

Country

Total Score (out of 100)

1

Japan 64
1 South Korea

64

3

Australia

59

4

Netherlands 57
5 Sweden

56

6

Denmark 55

7

United Kingdom

55

7 Argentina

55

9

Canada 53
10 Austria

53

10

Finland 53
12 Ireland

52

13

Germany 52
14 Belgium

52

15

Portugal 51
16 Chile

51

17

Switzerland 50
18 Czech Republic

50

19

Hungary 49
19 Singapore

49

19

New Zealand 49
19 Norway

49

19

Spain 49
19 Slovakia

49

Source: Helpful Professor, Best Cities to Study in the World.



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