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It's almost time for school to begin and for students starting their final or second-to-last school year (along with their parents), the pressure is on to find great colleges to go to. Most parents and kids look for prestigious colleges abroad, many of which also tend to be very expensive. 

We feature the top five of Best Student Cities in 2017 according to the QS World Rankings, along with a list of undergraduate and graduate scholarships available for international students in these cities.



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While Canada’s winters can take some getting used to for those coming from warmer climates, the cities more than make up with the social atmosphere.

Each of these locations (in Canada), you must note, follows their own system of education. So you may need to do some research while trying to apply to Canada.


Commonly known as the cultural capital of Canada. This city has a largely French-speaking population but is nonetheless well-known for its cultural diversity and inclusivity with a penchant for art, cafes and nightlife. 


Renewable Entrance Scholarships at McGill University

One Year Entrances Scholarships at McGill

Concordia University Undergraduate Entrance Bursary Program

Matinée Scholarship

Graduate Studies

Quebec Merit Scholarship


Vancouver is well-known for its mountainous surroundings and serene atmosphere. As culturally diverse and interesting as any other Canadian city, Vancouver is also a paradise for those who love the outdoors with the surrounding beaches, boulevards and ski-resorts.

Undergraduate Studies

International Major Entrance Scholarship (University of British Columbia)

Outstanding International Student Award (UoBC)

International Dean’s Excellence Entrance Scholarship (Simon Fraser university)

International Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship (SFU)

H.Y. Louie and Lohn Entrance Award (SFU)

Graduate Studies

International Tuition Award (UoBC)

Spring Graduate Awards Competition (UoBC)

Arthur and Ancie Fouks Graduate Entrance Award in Public Service (SFU)

Judy Graves Graduate Award (SFU)


Ottawa is a history hub but has the multi-cultural diversity of the modern metropolis. With an exceptionally friendly atmosphere and a large international student population, Ottawa’s one of the best places a student could be home away from home.

Undergraduate Studies

Prestige Scholarships (Carleton University)

Entrance Awards for International Students (CU)

University of Ottawa Admission Scholarship (University of Ottawa)

President's Scholarship (uOttawa)

Chancellor's Scholarship (uOttawa)

Graduate Studies

Ontario Graduate Scholarship (CU)

Entrance Awards for International Students (CU)

Full International Scholarship - Master's (uOttawa)

Partial International Scholarship - Master's (uOttawa)

OGS (uOttawa)

France (Paris)


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There isn’t anyone who doesn’t quite love Paris. It’s regarded as a cultural capital world over and lays its claim solidly with beautiful streets, gourmet food and high art and fashion. Paris is not just the land of the fashionable elite, however. It’s also a reputed centre of learning with a high concentration of universities within one city making it an ideal setting for student life.

Undergraduate Studies

Need-based Grants from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research

International Selection at Third year or above at Ecole Normale Superieure (ENS) de Paris

The Emile-Boutmy Scholarship at Sciences Po

The Edhec Distinction Scholarship

Bachelor Merit-based Scholarships at Skema Business School

Graduate Studies

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees

Ile-de-France Masters Scholarship (Paris Region)

Need-based Grants from the French Ministry of Higher Education and Research

Eiffel Excellence Scholarships

International Selection at ENS

United Kingdom

The UK has continued to grow in stature over the years as a provider of quality higher education with an extremely vibrant student life.


Undergraduate Studies

Denys Holland Scholarship at University College London (UCL)

President’s Undergraduate Scholarships at Imperial College London (ICL)

Desmond Tutu Scholarship at King’s College London

Graduate Studies

Masters Compare Post Graduate Scholarship

Chevening Scholarship

Bartlett Masters Scholarship at UCL


Undergraduate Studies

IB Diploma Excellence Scholarship at Nottingham University (NU) 

International Undergraduate Full-Fee Scholarship at Nottingham Trent University (NTU)

International Undergraduate Scholarship at NTU

Graduate Studies

Postgraduate Masters Scholarships at NTU

Chevening Scholarship at NU

International Scholarships at NTU

These two scholarship offerings are applicable to both London and Nottingham since they’re meant for the UK.

Sleeklens Academic Scholarship

Annual CGTrader Scholarship

South Korea (Seoul)


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South Korea is today best-known among the urban crowd today for its cultural and technological exports of K-Pop and Samsung. Seoul as a city, is one of the most up-and-coming players in the educational field with one of the world’s highest rates of employability and a high concentration of well-ranked universities.

Undergraduate Studies

Korean Government Scholarship Program (Global Korea Scholarship)

Incoming Student Award at Yonsei University (YU) 

Hanyang International Scholarship Program at Hanyang University (HU)

Scholarship for Excellence in Korean at Kyung Hee University (KHU)

Tuition Waivers at Chung Ang University

Graduate Studies

Korean Government Scholarship Program (Global Korea Scholarship)

Graduate Scholarship for Excellent Foreign Students at SNU

Incoming Student Award at YU

Hanyang International Scholarship Program at HU

Scholarship for Excellence in Korean at KHU

Australia (Melbourne)


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With generally-sunny weather and consistently high rankings on Student Desirability indices, Melbourne has long established itself as a top-tier destination for students. While the city’s growth has caused a slight decrease in the affordability factor. Melbourne nonetheless remains a popular educational destination with several universities, abundant beaches and an enjoyable vibe.

Australia Awards Scholarships

Undergraduate Studies

Melbourne International Undergraduate Scholarship at the University of Melbourne (UoM)

Monash International Leadership Scholarship at Monash University (MU)

Deakin Vice-Chancellor’s International Scholarship at Deakin University

La Trobe College Excellence Scholarships at La Trobe University

Graduate Studies

Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship

Research Training Program

International Postgraduate Coursework Award at UoM

Monash International Leadership Scholarship at MU