Montreal best city for foreign students

By Chen Liubing(
Updated: 2017-02-23 14:39:59

A view of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, on Oct 31, 2013. [Photo/VCG]

Montreal, Paris, and London are the best cities for international students in the world in 2017, according to Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), a British company specializing in education and study abroad.

According to its top 100 ranking, Seoul takes the fourth spot on the list, the highest in Asia, with Tokyo (7th), Hong Kong (11th) and Singapore (14th) trying to catch up.

Shanghai (25th) ranks the highest among Chinese mainland cities. Beijing, Nanjing, and Wuhan rank 30th, 80th, and 100th respectively.

The United States remains the largest destination for international students. More than a million foreign students are studying in this country, with one third of them coming from China.

A city should have a population of at least 250,000, and should have at least two universities on the QS World Top Universities Ranking list to get into the QS Best Student Cities Ranking 2017 list.

Ranking indicators also include the quality and facilities of the city's universities, percentage of international students, affordability, desirability, employer activity, and students' opinions.

A view of Montreal in Quebec, Canada, on Oct 31, 2013. [Photo/VCG]

Bilingual city Montreal is now the world's No 1 student city, bringing an end to Paris' four-year domination. Besides Montreal, Canadian cities Vancouver and Toronto also rank 10th and 11st on the list, as the county is eager to attract more international students.

Ben Sowter, head of research at QS, predicts that Canada will become a major player at the educational market and be an alternative of Europe and US, the two traditional destinations for international students.

According to a city spokesperson, Montreal is seeing large number of international students, with student numbers from China, India, France, and Iran skyrocketing in the past year.

Photographed view of Paris from the top of the Jussieu University tower on September 29, 2016. [Photo/VCG]

Higher costs and safety concerns dislodged Paris from the throne this year, but Sowter believes that most students accept that there is no "risk free" city in the world, thus Paris is on the second spot.

A view by the riverside of the Thames in London. [Photo/VCG]

Amid concerns about the impact of Brexit, London climbs two places to rank third. This is partly thanks to the fall in the value of the pound, which means British cities have become more affordable options for international students. Cultural and academic diversity of the city are also welcomed by the students.

View from Seoul Tower on Oct 8, 2014. The city ranks fourth on the list, the highest among Asian countries. [Photo/VCG]

An aerial view of Victoria Harbor, Hong Kong, China, on Nov 21, 2016. The city, as a combination of eastern and western culture, ranks 11th on the list. [Photo/VCG]

Shanghai Oriental Pearl Tower lights up on Feb 7, 2017. The city, as China's economic hub, ranks 25th on the list. [Photo/VCG]

A view of Beijing University on March 30, 2014. The metropolis with thousand years of history ranks 30th on QS Best Student Cities 2017 list. [Photo/VCG]

A view of Confucius Temple in Nanjing, Central China's Jiangsu province, on Oct 1, 2016. The city ranks 80th on QS Best Student Cities 2017 list. [Photo/VCG]

A high-speed rail goes through the city of Wuhan, Central China's Hubei province, on June 8, 2013. This industrial city with great culture heritage ranks 100th on QS Best Student Cities 2017 list. [Photo/VCG]

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