If you’ve always had an adventurous streak, or have the opportunity to study abroad as part of your degree, you’ve probably already investigated the possibilities of going out of the UK to study. With the introduction of tuition fees for many courses, studying out of Europe isn’t the expensive option as it used to be. Students around the world were asked their opinions on the best cities to study, and the following places came out on top.
Top of the pile was Paris, which boasts a host of world-known Universities such as the Sorbonne. There are more top class Universities in Paris than anywhere else in the world, and with an emphasis on small class sizes and access to experts in the field, it’s easy to see why an increasing number of UK students are packing their bags and heading across the Channel. They are not alone; 17% of Parisian students are not French, giving a very cosmopolitan and vibrant flavour to Uni life. The only drawback is that you will need to speak French fluently for most of the degree courses on offer.
The obvious benefit of studying in Boston is that there is no language barrier, and British students slot into the American way of life well. Harvard, Northeastern Uni and MIT all have their homes in Boston and are among the most prestigious Universities in the world. Fees are much higher than Europe at around $50k per year, but there are attractive scholarships on offer for students from the UK although competition for the few available places each year is intense. 1 in 5 students at Boston Universities also come from outwith the United States.
Although Canberra is the capital, the vast majority of the best Universities in Australia are in the Melbourne area. A third of the students studying in Melbourne are international students, and although fees can be higher than in the UK, cost of living is considerably less than in Boston, London or Paris. Add in the laid back Aussie lifestyle and the opportunity to explore some of the stunning countryside, then it’s easy to see why studying in Australia is so attractive.