London It once again tops the list of best cities for international students, according to the 2023 edition of the QS Best Student City Rankings by British consultancy QS.
São Paulo ranks 83rd on the list, while Rio de Janeiro appeared first on the publication at 121st.
The most student-friendly city in Latin America is Buenos Aires (Argentina), ranked 23rd.
To be considered, each city must have a population of more than 250,000 and have at least two universities already included in the ranking of universities made by the same consultancy.
Other criteria taken into account are how many students there are in that city, how many of them are international, and how inclusive the city is.
It also assesses whether the city is safe, whether the cost of living and housing is adequate for a student, and job opportunities.
Despite the high cost of living and housing, the UK capital tops the list, the consultancy says, “a diverse and culturally rich city that offers students everything from world-renowned museums to delicious multicultural restaurants”.
The city is home to some of the world’s most renowned academic institutions such as King’s College London and UCL (University College London).
is in second place Munich (Germany) Third, Seoul (South Korea). All three cities on the podium retain the same position as in the last edition.
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Notable among Brazilian universities, USP contributes to São Paulo’s ranking – Photo: CECÍLIA BASTOS/USP via IMAGEM/BBC
Two Brazilian cities qualified for the second half of the ranking with a total of 140 cities.
São Paulo, ranked 83rd, has six universities in the QS Best Institutions ranking, with USP (University of São Paulo) best placed, ranked 115th.
In addition to USP, there are UNIFESP (Federal University of São Paulo), PUC-SP (Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo) and three other universities that technically have campuses located in other cities but with accessible distances for publication: Unicamp (State University of Campinas) and UFSCar (Federal University). of São Carlos), Unesp (São Paulo State University).
The consultancy points out that only 3% of university students in São Paulo are international students, but the metropolis is “an economic and cultural capital. Brazil” and has a “generous supply” of world-class universities.
Other criteria that put São Paulo in 83rd place include:
– The cost of living and the cost of studying in the capital of São Paulo is lower than in other global cities;
- The city’s cuisine is rich in street food and restaurants from around the world;
- The metropolis has no shortage of joie de vivre (joy of living in French), with a street carnival, nightlife, more than 100 museums, 300 cinemas and ethnic diversity, says São Paulo’s Culture – consultancy. population
- Career opportunities that emphasize the number of vacancies for people with a university degree in areas such as IT, commerce, the financial sector, automotive and pharmaceutical industries – however, the organization points out that international students need at least some knowledge of the Portuguese language. For most vacancies.
Rio de Janeiro entered the list for the first time this year, ranking 121st.
The consultancy points out that the city has 4 universities in its ranking, with UFRJ (Federal University of Rio de Janeiro) in 333rd place.
As positive points of study in the metropolis, says the consultancy, are “sunny beaches”, “friendliness of Cariocas” and warm climate.
Buenos Aires is the highest-ranked city in Latin America – Photo: via GETTY IMAGES/BBC
The ranking includes 10 Latin American cities, though with uneven performance.
Buenos Aires topped the Latin America list for the fourth year in a row, although it dropped to 23rd place from the previous edition.
The publication claims that Argentina’s capital is a dynamic city and a great city with opportunities for growth for Spanish-speaking students.
According to the same consultancy, Buenos Aires has 10 universities classified in the ranking of the best universities in the world. Another thing is that graduates from these institutions have a good reputation among employers.
On the other hand, the ranking points out that the metropolis “still has very poor areas”, which lowers its score in terms of quality of life – but the capital ends up with a lower cost of living.
You have to go down to 60th place to find the next Latin American city in the ranking, Santiago (Chile). This is because it has a relatively small international student body, but at the same time it has many postgraduate opportunities.
Next on the list from Latin America is Mexico City at number 68. While the city is “known and loved” for its street food, historic sites and diverse nightlife, the consultancy says students choosing to study there should be aware of high levels of pollution and crime and be prepared to deal with these issues.
Other Latin American cities that appear in addition to the aforementioned Sao Paulo and Rio are Monterrey (Mexico) at 96; Bogota (Colombia), in 99; Lima is also ranked 112th.
Quito (Ecuador) at 130th and Montevideo (Uruguay) at 135th entered the ranking for the first time.
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