The Most Attractive Cities to Move to for Study and Work
When it comes to choosing a city on the globe for the purposes of study and work, there are many divergent choices that emerge.
A city that may be considered a haven for students might not have the best employment opportunities, while a city with the best job and quality of life may be too expensive for students and not have a popular university within its limits.
This is the reason why we try to combine these two lists to find the common cities that qualify as the best for both study and work. Our methodology for choosing a city for study focuses on indicators like affordability, desirability and student view. For the purpose of work, we look at the median salary, quality of life and workplace stress.
Here is the list of the most attractive cities for both study and work, in no particular order:
For students and workers alike, Zurich can be one of the most beautiful and fulfilling cities in the world when it comes to catering for their needs. Universities like ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich are the most popular destinations for students in the city.
The largest city in Switzerland, Zurich is surrounded by mountains of snow and ranks best in the world for overall quality of life. Zurich has a burgeoning financial district that commands higher salaries than the median salary of 6,500 CHF per month for the rest of Switzerland.
Hailed as the financial capital of the world, New York boasts of high salaries, living costs and some of the best universities the continent has to offer. Cornell University, NYU and Columbia University constitute the bulk of popular universities for students in the city.
For professionals, the finance capital, which is also quickly becoming the second Silicon Valley, has a rapidly increasing compensation profile and talent pool.
Students can live to explore the diverse culture of the city and its excellent educational institutions, not to mention the high prospects of bagging a lucrative job offer after graduation.
London comes across as the most popular city to move to for study, with more than 40% of its student population coming out of the UK. Thanks to the presence of Imperial College and University College along with many other institutions, the city ranks number one in student perception index when it comes to education.
For the purpose of work, London remains Europe’s foremost financial hub and a nerve center for the world’s derivatives and commodity trade. Professionals in the city can look forward to pleasant weather, free healthcare and education for their children.
The capital city of Germany has been growing steadily as a good destination for studying abroad, staying in the top 10 of the QS Best Student Cities ranking. The city has grown and developed itself into a modern hub of urban life, replete with centers of fashion, design, art, and music.
Not only is the city a living entity full of culture, but also a budding financial district. Educational institutions like Humboldt-Universitätzu Berlin and FreieUniversität Berlin find mention among students who wish to pursue their study in the city.
The city offers a high living quality, liberal atmosphere, and affordability, along with the most enthralling music and party scene across Germany. This makes it a perfect choice for students and professionals alike.
The city of beaches, harbor, and parks, as it is called, Sydney is the apple of everyone’s eye, at least for everyone who has set foot in the city. A vibrant cultural hub and liberal ethos make Sydney among the most beautiful and iconic cities in the world.
For students, institutions like the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales and the University of Technology, Sydney make up for the chunk of their population. The QS Graduate Employability rankings put the University of Sydney at the top spot in Australia for 2018 and at the fourth spot globally.
Students moving to study in the city can look forward to an enriching educational experience without missing out on the fun and frolic associated with its vibrant nightlife and party zones.
According to the Mercer report on Quality of Living, Melbourne ranks as the number one city to live all over the world. With its pleasant climate, pristine parks, numerous museums, cultural destinations, and galleries, living in Melbourne is like a dream come true. This had led to the migration of a lot of people from outside Australia, which forms a part of the city’s multicultural identity.
Melbourne has also established itself as an emerging destination for business and industry, not only in Australia but in the larger Asia-Pacific region. The University of Melbourne, Monash University and RMIT University are the top 3 institutions of repute in the city.
While the cost of living for an average student is on the higher side, Melbourne compensates that with excellent job prospects and a stronger national currency to boost the income of the working population in the city.
The city with the best food scene, the feel of Europe, the varieties of study cafés with young, lively and beautiful people from across the world – that is the idea of Montreal for you. The city climbed many spots in the student view indicator of the best city to move to for studying abroad.
Institutions like McGill University and Université de Montréal, which are among the highest-ranked universities in Canada, find mention among students for their excellent curriculum, student life, and employment prospects.
Also known as the cultural capital of Canada, Montreal also keeps itself in the radar of café enthusiasts, art and live performance fanatics and a host of individuals who want to live a laidback lifestyle amidst beautiful boulevards.
The perfume capital of the world has a unique charm associated with its name in people’s hearts. The ‘city of lights’ also offers rich cuisine and a selection among it’s 18 internationally recognized and ranked universities.
Currently ranked at fifth place in the best place to study, the city was historically the first choice of students from across Europe and the world. ÉcolePolytechniqueand the Paris Sciences et Lettres Research University is ranked among the top universities in the city.
Best international awards in Most Attractive Cities
ETH Zurich Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programmed/Master Awards, 2019
The ETH Zurich is pleased to announce the Excellence Scholarship & Opportunity Programmed / Master Award. This is available to study postgraduate program for national and international students.
Award: Living and study expenses (CHF 11000 per semester) as well as a tuition fees waiver
Application Deadline: Open in 1st of Nov 2019
E4D Continuing Education Funding for Candidates from Low-Income Countries in Switzerland, 2019
Applications are invited for the E4D Continuing Education Scholarship. The grant is open to the Candidates from Low Income or Lower Middle Income Country who must hold a completed and recognized Master’s degree from a university.
Award: Economy roundtrip ticket, Visa fees, Living allowance, and tuition fee waiver
Application Deadline: November 30, 2019
Graduate Funding for International Students at the State University of New York in the USA
The State University of New York is pleased to offer Graduate funding for International Students. The successful applicant will receive the program in equal installments in the first two semesters. The SUNY Potsdam Graduate funding for International Students is designed to provide support to international students intending to pursue full-time graduate study at SUNY Potsdam.
Application Deadline: April 1 for the summer semester, July 1 for the fall semester, and December 1 for the spring semester.
University of London 150 Global MBA funding for International Students, 2019-2020
The University of London is offering 150 Global MBA Scholarships for high achieving foreign applicants and wants to give you a chance to make your dreams come true in the United Kingdom.
Award: 30% on the course fee
Application Deadline: September 9, 2019
International Hardship Fund at King’s College London, UK 2019-20
If you are an international or EU student from a lower-income household, you will be pleased to know that King’s College London is offering International Hardship Fund 2019-20 for the eligible students. The program is open to supports the students from around the world who are experiencing financial difficulties and wish to continue their studies in the UK.
Award: Variable – Depend on student’s need
Application Deadline: July 31, 2019
Berlin University of the Arts Fellowships in Germany, 2020
The Graduate School of the Berlin University of the Arts is a postgraduate and international program of studies for highly qualified graduates in all disciplines who have already developed their own artistic or design positions.
Award: The monthly stipend is €1,365 plus a grant for the cost of materials and a child allowance, when relevant.
Application Deadline: In 2020 you will have the opportunity to apply for a fellowship starting 1 April 2021.
Western Sydney International Undergraduate Financial Aid in Australia, 2019/20
Western Sydney University is now accepting applications for the International undergraduate financial aid and offering $7,500 multi-year awards and one-off $5,000 awards. The program is open to new commencing international students enrolling in undergraduate degree coursework programs for the first time at WSU in spring 2019 and in 2020.
Award: $7,500 multi-year awards and one-off $5,000 awards
Application Deadline: Applications will be granted on a first-come-first-served basis until filled.
Vice-Chancellor’s International Awards at the University of Sydney in Australia, 2019-20
The University of Sydney is inviting applications for Vice-Chancellor’s international awards based on academic merit. International students are eligible to apply. The program is open to all commencing international students enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate coursework full degree.
Award: Up to A$40,000
Application Deadline: 11 October 2019, 06 December 2019, 17 January 2020