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Boston was just ranked the third best student city in the world by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) on, behind only Paris (1) and London (2). But they eat frog legs and drive on the wrong side of the road, so who is the real winner? That’s what I thought.

The next best from the United States is fifteenth ranked Chicago, followed by San Francisco (17) and New York (18). We already knew Massachusetts was the place to be if you wanted to get the best value out of your education, but now the whole world gets to see just how awesome we really are.

According to an article from the BBC, “The ranking is primarily aimed at international students who are considering where to study… They looked at indicators such as ‘quality of life’, which included measures of crime and the cost of living.”

And Boston does have a sizeable population of international students. Of Boston’s 113,400 students, 21,100 are international, which accounts for 19% of the total student body of Boston according to the site.

There were two pre-requisites for cities to have met in order to be considered. Each city must have a population of over 250,000 and be home to at least two ranked institutions. For the full methodology, click here.

Apparently Boston has earned the nickname, “The Athens of America,” so says QS in their profile of the city. I have literally never heard that ever, but if you see me roaming around the commons later wearing a toga or whatever the hell they wore in ancient Greece, eating peeled grapes and not wearing any underwear trying to chisel my bust in a rock, you’ll know I took the nickname a little too seriously.

Below is the top 50 (from QS):