Berlin has long been considered an attractive city for young creatives and intellectuals. Now the German capital can also lay claim to being one of the best destinations in the world for international students too.
In the this year's QS Best Student Cities list, Berlin took place six in the rankings while Munich came in ninth. Germany has been growing in popularity as a student destination and is the only European country to have two cities placed in the top 10.
“We are proud of this excellent ranking,” said Berlin's mayor Michael Müller, adding that the goal is to develop the capital into one of the largest science research centers in Europe. In November, Mr. Müller presided over the announcement of the new Google Campus in Berlin, a "startup school" for training and mentoring in tech.
The Best Student Cities list is compiled based on five categories: university rankings, student mix, desirability, employer activity and affordability. Around 18,000 students and recent graduates were additionally surveyed this year.
While Berlin isn't renowned as an academic hub like London or Paris, it attracts international students thanks to its large offer of English courses. The list also points to the city’s low cost of living and nightlife scene as appealing factors.
Both Munich and Berlin also benefited from the fact that German universities don’t charge tuition fees for undergraduate studies, international students included.
Montreal was ranked at the top of on the list. The Canadian city leapfrogged Paris to end the French capital’s four-year reign. Meanwhile, London took third, suggesting Brexit has not had an impact on international students, at least so far.