QS Best Student Cities in the World 2012

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(CC) fakhar/Stock.xchngThe higher education consultancy QS has produced a new ranking of the world’s best student cities. The ranking covers cities across the world and placesBarcelona in 11th position andMadrid 16th, the only two Spanish cities to make the top 50 list.

Paris and London take the top two positions in the ranking, with very large populations of international students, followed by Boston, Melbourne and Vienna in third, fourth and fifth place, respectively. The ranking takes into account such factors as student mix, quality of life, employer activity, and affordability.

To be included in the ranking, cities must have a population of over 250,000, with at least two “ranked institutions” – i.e. institutions included in the QS World Ranking. According to QS, 98 cities in the world qualify for the ranking, using these criteria.

To view the full ranking, click here.