Many cities around the world are renowned for their vibrant international student communities, quality of education, and overall student experience. Although the status of top cities for international students can change over time, here are some that have traditionally been popular among international students:


LONDON, United Kingdom

  • Home to prestigious institutions such as Imperial College London, LSE, King’s College London and University College London.
  • Rich cultural diversity, historic landmarks, and numerous job opportunities.
  • Well connected to the rest of the UK and Europe.

MELBOURNE, Australia

  • Consistently ranked high for its quality of life and excellent universities like the University of Melbourne, Monash and RMIT.
  • Known for its arts and cultural scene, vibrant neighbourhoods, and welcoming atmosphere.
  • Excellent for foodies!


  • A bilingual city with top universities like McGill University and Université de Montréal.
  • Affordable cost of living, diverse culture, and strong emphasis on both English and French languages.
  • With companies like Bell, Desjardins and Google located in Montréal, there are opportunities to find plenty of internship experiences.

BERLIN, Germany

  • Hosts universities like Humboldt University, Technical University of Berlin and Free University of Berlin.
  • Affordable living costs, a thriving arts scene, and a dynamic startup ecosystem.
  • Berlin’s central location makes travelling around Europe cheap and easy.

PARIS, France

  • Renowned for institutions like Sorbonne University and Sciences Po.
  • Cultural richness, historical significance, and a focus on arts and humanities.
  • Paris is situated in the central part of Europe which allows students to travel all around France and easily access other European destinations.

SYDNEY, Australia

  • Home to the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and Macquarie University.
  • Beautiful beaches, a cosmopolitan environment, and a strong job market.
  • A great choice for students who like stunning weather and an active, outdoorsy lifestyle.

BOSTON, United States

  • Houses prestigious universities like Harvard and MIT.
  • There are over 16 great universities in the Boston area and many of them are world class
  • Known for its academic excellence, cultural institutions, and innovation hubs.


  • Hosts institutions like the National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University.
  • Safe, multicultural environment, a strategic location, and a hub for business and technology.
  • Another great food city!


  • Home to the University of Toronto, York University and Ryerson University.
  • Diverse population, strong job market, and a range of cultural attractions.
  • Toronto is often ranked as one of the Top 10 most liveable cities in the world.

TOKYO, Japan

  • Hosts universities like the University of Tokyo and Waseda University.
  • A blend of modernity and tradition, excellent public transportation, and a high quality of life – Tokyo is one of the safest and cleanest cities in the world
  • Great for students who want a deep cultural experience

DUBLIN, Ireland

  • Home to institutions like Trinity College Dublin and University College Dublin.
  • Welcoming atmosphere, strong emphasis on literature and arts, and a growing tech industry.
  • Excellent opportunities for internships with leading global companies.

AMSTERDAM, Netherlands

  • Hosts the University of Amsterdam and VU University Amsterdam.
  • A bike-friendly city with a high standard of living and a diverse cultural scene.
  • Almost everyone speaks English and there is a big international community.

When choosing a city for your studies, consider factors such as the quality of education, cost of living, language, cultural diversity, and potential job opportunities after graduation.

Check out our University Profiles, Country Guides and Student Stories for more in-depth resources to help you decide where might be a good fit for you.


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