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One of the greatest advantages of studying abroad is the chance to experience different cultures and languages. It’s an experience that will not only help you check off some must-see sights on your bucket list but one that will change you in ways you never imagined.
When you’re planning to study abroad, you’ll definitely research where you want to study. To help with that research, we have here a list of top European cities to study in.
Holding top spot as the world’s number one student city for the second year (QS Student Survey), London is an incredibly desirable city for students from all over the world.
One con is that London is not the cheapest place to study, the accommodation costs alone are higher here than anywhere else in the UK. Though it lacks budget-friendly options, it more than makes up for it with world-class universities, a unique melting pot of cultures and plenty of opportunities for professional development.
Ranked as the UK’s second most popular student city, Edinburgh is a small city with a disproportionately large student population. With 36% of the student population made up of international students, it has a diverse and inclusive atmosphere which fits well against the backdrop of the city's historic town and world-famous festivals and events.
This city is particularly inviting for EU undergraduate students, whose university tuition fees are subsidised entirely by the Student Awards Agency for Scotland. Home to many of the UK’s best universities, there are ample placement opportunities on offer to graduates from the city.
The capital of Germany, Berlin, is well known for its strong financial market, history, and culture. It also has a reputation for being a vibrant centre for music, design and art that could rival even that of New York or London.
Recent increases in the number of degrees offered in English and the lack of tuition fees for undergraduates at most public universities have made Berlin increase in popularity among students looking to maximise the benefit of studying abroad.
With a high concentration of internationally ranked universities, Paris has appeared in the top ten best student cities in Europe for many years. Many schools in this iconic city have produced some of the most influential mathematicians, philosophers and scientists of the last 100 years.
This is a great addition to your CV, as graduates of Parisian universities are often head-hunted by employers across Europe. However, while Paris is undoubtedly a city to fall in love with, it has a very high cost of living, albeit partially balanced out by the relatively low tuition fees.
Home of the highest-ranked university in continental Europe, Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and is renowned for its prosperity, orderliness and low taxes. It is a very safe, clean and beautifully maintained city to study in. Though its living expenses can be high, it can be managed with some planning as tuition fees here are considerably lower than those in the UK or Australia.
When it comes to natural beauty, it’s certainly hard to find a city that beats Zurich. As well as stunning, traditional architecture, you’ll find an abundance of lakes, as well as the Alps which can be reached within a day’s trip.
Consistently ranked as one of the world’s most liveable cities, Vienna’s grand architecture and cultural riches make so many students fall in love with it. This city is small enough to feel intimate; it’s easy to get around and is filled with historical landmarks that have seen the likes of Mozart, Beethoven, Klimt and Freud.
The tuition fee is affordable, and a degree from one of Vienna’s top-ranked universities is well respected by employers across the world. And, as it has the largest student population in the German-speaking world, you won’t ever feel a lack of student vibe in this magical city.
Barcelona tops the list of all Spain’s cities and is home to two of the country’s most prestigious universities. The city has a great climate, lovely beaches, and a cityscape that is a unique blend of the old, the new and the futuristic.
Barcelona has a legendary party scene which, combined with great job prospects for its graduates, makes it an extremely appealing destination for students from all over the world.
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