Job opportunities, visa requirements, and accommodation are some of the most important things students will consider when deciding where to study. A growing trend in student surveys is highlighting safety as a top factor international students are looking for in a city.
At StudentsGoGlobal.com, we’ve analysed 250 cities from around the world to identify the safest cities for international students.
Here’s our 2022 SGG Top 10 Safest Student Cities:
10. Helsinki, Finland
Home to: University of Helsinki and Aalto University
Helsinki is Finland’s capital and sits on a peninsula in the Gulf of Finland. Its central avenue, Mannerheimintie, is flanked by institutions including the National Museum, tracing Finnish history from the Stone Age to the present.
9. Eindhoven, Netherlands
Home to: Eindhoven University of Technology
Eindhoven is a city in the south of the Netherlands and is the 5th largest city in the country Known as a technology and design hub, Eindhoven has a thriving startup scene and a world famous soccer team, PSV.
8. Prague, Czech Republic
Home to: Charles University, Czech Technical University, and Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
Prague is the capital city of the Czech Republic. The city is famous for colourful baroque buildings, Gothic churches and the medieval Astronomical Clock. Prague is well known for its fantastic nightlife and is a popular tourist destination in Europe.
7. Tokyo, Japan
Home to: Tokyo Institute of Technology, University of Tokyo, and Keio University
Japan’s capital, Tokyo, is one of the most popular destinations in the world for students. The city is known for its historic temples, neon-lit skyscrapers, and the breathtaking imperial palace. Tokyo is the biggest city in the world with a metro population of over 37 million people
6. Canberra, Australia
Home to: University of Canberra and the Australian National University
Canberra is Australia’s capital. The city was founded following the federation of the colonies of Australia as the seat of government for the new nation. It is the largest inland city in Australia and the eighth-largest city overall.
5. Basel, Switzerland
Home to: University of Basel
Basel is a city in northwest Switzerland on the Rhine River, close to the country’s borders with Germany and France. Basel is Switzerland’s third largest city. Its medieval old town centre around Marktplatz is dominated by the 16th-century, red-sandstone Town Hall.
4. Munich, Germany
Home to: LMU Munich, Munich University of Applied Sciences, and Technical University of Munich
Munich is the third largest city in Germany and is the state capital of Bavaria. The city is known for its historic architecture and annual Oktoberfest celebration. Munich is surrounded by beautiful lakes, rivers, and mountains.
3. Zurich, Switzerland
Home to: ETH Zurich, University of Zurich, and University of Applied Sciences Zurich
The second Swiss to make our list, Zurich is the largest city in Switzerland and is a global centre for banking and finance. The cost of living in Zurich is very high as it is one of Europe’s most desirable cities to live in.
2. Doha, Qatar
Home to: Qatar University
Doha is located on the coast of the Persian Gulf in the east of the country. It is Qatar's capital and fastest growing city. Doha is Qatar’s political and financial centre with a large expat community. The city regularly hosts major sporting events, including the World Cup final in 2022.
1. Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
Home to: Khalifa University and Abu Dhabi University
This year’s winner is the capital city of UAE. Abu Dhabi is the second largest city in the country and is a major global financial hub. Abu Dhabi is known for its beautiful beaches and modern skyscrapers. In recent years, it has become a popular destination for international students.
Abu Dhabi, UAE