Tuesday 27th June, 2017

DUBLIN, Ireland - Montreal topped the rankings for the ‘best city in the world for students’ this year, with the Irish capital, Dublin jumping six spots.

Dublin was ranked in the 31st position in the international league table ranking, that are put together by the QS Best Student Cities, a spin-off from the annual QS World University Rankings.

The rankings are based on a basket of measures including the quality of universities, facilities for students, affordability, the desirability of the city for students, access to employers, the international nature of a city, levels of tolerance, pollution and safety, the report noted.

The international ranking of cities saw Paris slipping from first place this year, a rank it had held for four years.

Meanwhile, Canadian city Montreal was seen to offer a lot to students, attracting a bigger slice of the lucrative international student market.

What boosted the city’s position further was the recent change in Administration in the U.S. and the new American president, Donald Trump’s controversial travel ban. 

Moreover, the country also offers degree courses in two big international languages - with English-speaking universities such as McGill University, and French-speaking, such as the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Ben Sowter, head of the QS Intelligence Unit forecasts that Canada's growing popularity will be part of an increase in "alternatives to the traditionally dominant study destinations, both in Europe and North America. Canada will become a major player.”

While Canada is set to continue attracting students from the U.S., the U.K. could lose students to Ireland.

Figures from admissions services in the U.K. have already shown a 7 percent fall in applications from EU students.

Meanwhile, the two great world cities of London and Paris are still in the top three cities considered best for students. 

Along with Boston, which houses Harvard, MIT and Boston University, London and Paris have the strength and many top universities.

Further, according to Sowter, students seem to be resilient in accepting that there are no "zero risk" cities. 

Despite the recent surge in terror attacks in those cities, Boston, Berlin and Paris have maintained their attraction.

Aside from this, the most affordable cities for students were Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia and Surabaya in Indonesia. 

On the other hand, Stockholm in Sweden and New York in the U.S. were considered to be the most expensive cities for students.

Meanwhile, even as India and China continue to provide the biggest groups of overseas students, these countries too are becoming magnets for foreign students.

Five Asian cities found a spot in the top 20 cities for students, headed by Seoul. 

Shanghai, on the 25th position is the highest rated city in China while Mumbai is the highest in India at the 85th place overall.

The U.S. still remains the biggest market for students and annual figures show that more than a million overseas students were registered at U.S. universities, for the first time in history.

The top 10 cities for students according to the QS Best Student Cities 2017 rankings were Montreal, Paris, London, Seoul, Melbourne, Berlin, Tokyo, Boston, Munich and Vancouver.

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