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Montreal is the top city for foreign students, according to higher-education analysts QS

Montreal has ended Paris’s five-year stint as the world’s best student destination, according to global higher-education analysts QS Quacquarelli Symonds. And as Montreal's largest university, Université de Montréal is proud to be one of the big reasons why.

 "This is great news," said UdeM rector Guy Breton, chair of the U15 Group of Canadian Universities.  "Not only does the QS ranking shows that Canada is a top destination for international students, it confirms what we've known for a long time: in Canada, Montreal is the best place to be for a student."

 In the fifth edition of its "Best Student Cities" report, British-based QS ranked Montreal #1 among 125 cities, up from 7th place last year and ahead of cities like London (3rd), Melbourne (5th), Tokyo (7th), Boston (8th), Vancouver (10th) and Toronto (11th). QS attributes Montreal’s success with students to its growing prosperity, its affordability and its reputation as a high-tech hub for the type of innovative research at which UdeM excels: artificial intelligence, immunology, design, digital humanities, and more.

 "Our city is top-of-mind for international students and rightly so, with a great mix of culture, creativity, openness and diversity," said Breton.

 With close to 70,000 students, one-quarter of them pursuing master's or PhD degrees and close to 10,000 enrolled as international students, UdeM is a top-flight research institution, with over half a billion dollars in research income, placing it second in the country. Founded in 1878 and nestled along Montreal's scenic Mount Royal, the university is home to 2,700 professors and researchers.

 As a city, Montreal is a perfect place to hunker down and study, as well as relax. The cost of living is low and so are university tuition fees; restaurants are legion and cultural activities are chock-a-block; and the crime rate is one of the lowest in North America. A bilingual city with a long and storied history (this year it celebrates 375 years of existence), Montreal also offers university graduates the prospect of success on the job market: In the QS survey, it ranks 16th worldwide (up from 27th last year) in terms of how favourably employers regard its graduates and its employment rate.

 The full QS ranking is published here, while the full methodology can be found here.

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