Belarus was ranked as one of the destinations to study internationally. The QS Best Student Cities Ranking which gathers feedback from more than 87,000 current and prospective students, ranked Minsk as the 120th-best city to study.
London has beat out the competition yet again to become the number one student city in 2019, retaining its top spot from last year. It is followed by Tokyo, Melbourne, Munich, and Berlin.
This year’s ranking also included Berlin (5th), Moscow (34th), Prague (35th), Warsaw (51th), Vilnius (95th), Krakow (104), Riga (110th place) and other European cities made it to the list.
Is Minsk the city for you?
Although Minsk may not be the first city that comes to mind when you think of studying abroad, as the capital of Belarus, it has a lot to offer. Situated on the Syishlach and Niamiha rivers, this picturesque city is the financial, commercial and transportation hub of the Republic of Belarus.
The description on the website indicates that Minsk graduates are highly sought after by employers. With this in mind, it is easy to see why the city achieves its highest ranking in the employer activity indicator, ranking 84th overall worldwide.
Minsk has two universities ranked in the QS World University Rankings: Belarus State University and Belarusian National Technical University. Besides, the QS draws attention to activities when studying is done for the day.
Minsk bustling with museums and restaurants. Marvel at the impressive architecture and try the traditional local cuisine or opt for a more westernized meal, with Italian and French restaurants becoming increasingly popular throughout the city.
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There are plenty of museums available for those interested in Minsk’s rich history as a former communist country to explore, as well as art galleries for those interested in the city’s more creative elements.
What makes a good student city?
The ranking results are rigorous and evidence-based, drawing on a variety of indexes and the student survey.
- Desirability: will students enjoy a high quality of life here? Do students want to study in this city?
- University rankings: how many top-ranked universities are in the city?
- Employer activity: will a chosen city have job opportunities after graduation?
- Student mix: what proportion of a city’s population is made up of students? How diverse is that student population?
- Affordability: can students afford to study here?
- Student voice: what do students studying in this city think of it?