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Latest QS Survey Ranks Five Study Group Locations in Top Ten Global Student Cities

07 March 2012

The first global student city rankings, published by education and study abroad specialist Quacquarelli Symonds (QS), has placed the cities of London, Boston, Melbourne, Sydney and Dublin in the top ten student cities in the world.

The survey ranked the cities according to a range of measures taken from public information, population sizes, number of educational establishments and more importantly, their quality. QS also looked at a range of factors which affect the learning experience such as the ratio of international students, quality of living and affordability.

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Whilst Paris was ranked number one overall in the survey, the British capital, London, came a close second. London has always been popular with international visitors and students, who are attracted by its history, vibrancy and cosmopolitan feel, and it has long been significant within Study Group. Over the years we have established a range of centres in locations around the city, and currently there are students taking courses with Bellerbys College, Embassy, Embassy Summer and at the international study centres at Royal Holloway, University of London, and Kingston University.

Coming in at number three was the renowned US city of Boston, a place whose wealth of prestigious universities, such as MIT and Harvard, have made it synonymous with quality education. Currently, Study Group offer students the chance to learn English at their Embassy centres in Boston, which include a city centre school and a centre on the campus of Dean College.

Other places in the English-speaking world that were named in the top 10 places to study were the Australian cities of Melbourne and Sydney. Coming in at number four and six respectively, both of these places are well-known for their quality of life, their pleasant climate and their great entertainment scenes, and today more than ever are amongst the world’s most popular travel destinations. Currently, Study Group has a range of operations in these two places, with Embassy schools, Taylors College campuses and Charles Sturt University Study Centres in both cities, and an ACPE campus in Sydney too.

The Irish city of Dublin was the last Study Group location to feature in the top ten, achieving a very respectable ranking of joint eighth (with Berlin). Since 2011, students have been able to attend Study Group’s international study centre in the city, giving them access to courses at the prestigious universities of Trinity College, Dublin and University College, Dublin. According to the survey, "Dublin combines 'top-class study facilities and historic surroundings with a cracking social scene and famously friendly locals. Cultural mainstays such as 'the craic', Guinness and St Patrick's Day may have spawned a global Irish cliché industry, but if you visit the real thing you'll see why there are so many imitations."

At Study Group we strive to offer destinations that will assure students a great all round experience, allowing them to really make the most of their time away from home, and as such we are delighted that so many of our locations have been recognised for their global student appeal.

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