London once again tops the list of the best cities for international students, according to the 2023 edition of the QS Best Student Cities ranking prepared by British consultancy QS.
Sao Paulo was ranked 83rd on the list and Rio de Janeiro debuted in the publication at number 121.
The most student-friendly city in Latin America is Buenos Aires (Argentina), which ranks 23rd.
To be taken into account, each city must have a population of more than 250,000 and have at least two universities already included in the university ranking prepared by the same consulting firm.
Other criteria that are taken into consideration are the number of students in that city, the number of international students and how inclusive the city is.
It also assesses whether the city is safe, whether the cost of living and housing is adequate for the student, as well as job opportunities.
Despite the high costs of living and housing, the UK capital tops the list, according to the consultancy, as a “diverse and culturally rich city that offers its students everything from world-renowned museums to delicious multicultural restaurants”.
The city is home to some of the world’s most prestigious academic institutions, such as King’s College London and UCL (University College London).
The second is Munich (Germany) and the third is Seoul (South Korea). The Three Cities maintains the platform in the same position as it was in the last version.
Top 10 cities for students according to QS
The two Brazilian cities that qualified took positions in the second half of the ranking, which includes 140 cities.
Ranked 83rd, São Paulo has six universities in the QS Best Institutions Ranking, and the University of São Paulo (University of São Paulo) was the best, at 115th.
In addition to USP, Unifesp (Federal University of São Paulo), PUC-SP (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo), three other universities have campuses that are technically located in other cities, but with distances accessible through the publication: Unicamp (State University Campinas), UFSCar (Federal University of São Carlos) and Unesp (São Paulo State University).
Consulting reports that only 3% of university students in São Paulo are international, but the city is the “financial and cultural capital of Brazil” and has a “generous offer” of world-class universities.
Among the other criteria that put São Paulo in 83rd place:
– The cost of living and studying in the capital, São Paulo, is low compared to the other mentioned global cities;
– Food in the city rich in both street food and restaurants from around the world;
– São Paulo culture – The consulting firm says there is no shortage of joie de vivre (pleasure of living, in French) in the capital – which includes street carnival, nightlife, more than 100 museums, 300 cinemas and the ethnic diversity of the population;
– Employment opportunities, with an emphasis on the number of vacancies for people with university degrees in areas such as information technology, commerce, the financial sector, the automotive and pharmaceutical industries – the institution notes, however, that international students require at least a little knowledge of Portuguese for most vacancies.
Rio de Janeiro entered the list for the first time this year, at number 121.
Consultation reports that there are 4 universities in its ranking in the city, with an emphasis on the UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro), at 333rd.
Among the positive points of studying in the city, says the chancellor, are “sunny beaches”, “cariocas’ friendship” and hot weather.
in Latin America
The ranking includes 10 cities in Latin America, albeit with uneven performance.
Buenos Aires tops the Latin American list for the fourth year in a row, although it once slipped from the previous edition to 23rd place.
The publication claims that the Argentine capital is “a dynamic city, with opportunities for growth and the best city for Spanish speaking students”.
Buenos Aires is home to 10 universities ranked in the ranking of the best universities in the world, according to the same consultancy. Another point is that graduates of these institutions have a good reputation among employers.
On the other hand, the rating indicates that the capital “still has very poor areas”, which puts its scores lower in terms of quality of life – but the capital also ends up with a lower cost of living.
You have to go down to position 60 to find the next Latin American city in the ranking, Santiago (Chile). This is because it has a relatively small international student community, but at the same time has many postgraduate opportunities.
Next from Latin America on the list is Mexico City, at number 68. The consultancy says that while the city is “known and loved” for its street food, historic sites and diverse nightlife, students who choose to study there should be aware of its high levels of pollution. crime and to prepare to deal with these issues.
Other Latin American cities that appeared, in addition to São Paulo and Rio mentioned above, are Monterrey (Mexico) in 96th place; Bogotá (Colombia) ranked 99th; Lima at 112.
Quito (Ecuador), ranked 130, and Montevideo (Uruguay), ranked 135, also entered the rankings for the first time.
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