Paris tops the chart of student cities
Paris is the best city for students for the third year running , according to this year’s QS world university rankings. Melbourne is the second most student-friendly city, while the high cost of living in London has seen it fall a place in the rankings, from second to third.
A FEW KEY FACTS ABOUT FRANCE
- France is the third most popular study abroad destination in the world
- France has a tradition of academic excellence and has produced great philosophers like René Descartes & Voltaire and authors like Marcel Proust & Albert Camus to name but a few.
- France has a strong reputation for producing world-renowned scientists such as Pierre and Marie Curie, or more recently Georges Charpak, and French nationals have won a total of 49 Nobel prizes.
- 35 French universities made the 2012/2013 edition of the QS World University Rankings (22 of them were in the top 500)
- France boasts an excellent quality of life and a worldwide cultural renown as well as a vast range of educational programs
- France offers a wide array of spectacular sceneries as well as an unmatched variety of food and wine.
France is also:
- the 2nd largest exporter of defense products, agricultural products and services in the world
- number 4 in research among countries of the Organization for Economic Cooperation Development (OECD)
- a major world research center in the field of high energy physics
- the European leader in aerospace
- a world leader in telecommunication systems
- a great place to learn or improve one’s knowledge of the French language
- centrally located and provides fairly easy access to many other European countries
- one of the leading countries in the fashion industry
FEW KEY FACTS ABOUT PARIS
- Undoubtedly Paris is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. With the river Seine and the bridges crossing it, its grand boulevards, its monumental squares and charming streets, Paris is indeed one of the most elegant and sophisticated cities.
- With more than 200 museums and historical monuments, the ‘City of Light’ is among the most visited in the world. Top attractions include the Eiffel Tower, the Louvre Museum, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral, the Champs Elysées and Euro Disney.
- Paris is the political, cultural and intellectual capital of France.
- It is regarded as the fashion capital of the world – the city hosts a large number of fashion shows every year and has been famous for ‘Haute Couture’ since the 18th century thanks to Chanel, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent and Vuitton among other world famous brands.
- There are 76,309 five-star hotel rooms in inner Paris in 40 different hotels.
- The French capital’s latin motto is ‘Fluctuat nec mergitur’ meaning ‘It is tossed by the waves, but does not sink’.
WHY STUDY IN PARIS?
- Paris has Europe’s largest student population. Each year, it welcomes 40,000 international students on average.
- It was named the number 1 Best Student City by QS World University Rankings in 2012.
- Paris is a centrally located city, at the crossroads of Southern and Northern Europe. It is only 2 hours away from London, Madrid and Berlin.
- Here you can enjoy the most delicious baguettes, croissants, steak-frites and 400 kinds of cheese.
- Paris has 426 public parks and gardens.
- The city of Paris imports several hundred tons of sand every summer to create a beach along the Seine river.
- The Pont Neuf bridge is older than the United States.
- French is still the language of diplomacy and one of the officials languaged of the United Nations.
- You can go to the café in Saint-Germain-des-Près where Hemingway, Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir idled away their time and wrote.
- Hundreds of museums are open for free on the Nuit des Musées in May, and you can visit the Palais de l’Elysée or the French Parliament for free during the Journées du Patrimoine (Heritage Days) in September.
- You can go anywhere in Paris in 30 minutes for €1 per day with the Carte ImagineR.