5 Friendliest Cities for African Students Studying Abroad

African students leave their cities to look for higher education abroad. The QS survey assesses Lagos, Accra, Addis Ababa and Nairobi as the best cities in Africa where young people usually leave to study abroad.

Where are they going? Where do the best cities choose Africans for their education and why? Are you looking to study abroad, but are you wondering whether the city would be completely welcoming, especially as a black student?

Below are 5 African-student-friendly cities. The list is assessed by the population of students with a black/diverse student culture, costs of housing, costs of tuition fees and employment opportunities. We have already incorporated these into our lists because everyone must be able to experience and pay for the kind of education they need. Some of these cities have at least one university in those who have reached such a ranking as the most prestigious schools in the world.


International universities: University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University. Although Toronto is one of the best cities in Canada with the most African students, it offers a wide range of cultural activities, outdoor adventure, and career opportunities. It is, therefore, an exciting and varied place to live, with the heterogeneity of the inhabitants reflected in the culture and cuisine of the city.

Cost of housing: the cost of housing usually varies from USD 1800 to $ 3500 per month.

Cost of tuition fees: the cost of tuition fees in Toronto usually ranges from $16,000 to $18,000 per year.

Student employment: all international students must apply for a study permit via a Canadian visa agency or the Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) website to school and work in Canada.

International students can work on campus without further documentation, as a full-time student with a valid study permit. International students who want to work outside the campus are automatically permitted to do so through their study permit, as long as they do not work for more than 20 hours a week during the term. To qualify for this, Canadian law says that international students must be enrolled for a six-month or longer program at a designated institution. After their graduation, all international students wishing to have a permanent residence permit in Canada are to compete with a larger pool of skilled workers for a chance to apply for a permanent residence permit.

Each student receives an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for permanent residency. Those who receive an ITA can then continue to complete the application process of permanent residence status via one of the newly opened immigration programs. Canada is happy to use this new method to create an enthusiastic workforce that is willing to pay taxes and stimulate economic activities.


International universities: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Harvard University, Boston University, Tufts University, Boston College, Northeastern University, Brandeis University, University of Massachusetts and Boston.

Various population groups: the Unesco Institute for Statistics reports that there were 31,113 students from Sub-Saharan Africa last year and that they included 4% of the 886,052 international students in the US. The leading countries of Sub-Saharan Africa are Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, South Africa, Cameroon, and Ethiopia. Boston is certainly one of the world’s best-known academic hubs. Boston’s leading position is strengthened by universities in the Greater Boston area, a neighboring city of Cambridge. Thanks to the two showstoppers, MIT and Harvard, Boston scores high in many university rankings of the Best Student Cities index and Afterschool Africa also agrees.

Student employment: it is also one of the highest scorers in the ’employer activity’ category.

Cost of tuition fees: Although the costs of these schools may consume the ceiling of student bags, both MIT and Harvard offer emergency blind access to international students, as well as free financial resources.


International universities: University of Melbourne, Australian National University, Catholic University of Australia.

Diverse population: The city of Melbourne, Australia has many black and Afro-American students taking classes in these universities, especially the University of Melbourne with more than 13,000 international students from 40,000 according to Usnews. Melbourne is proud of the fact that he gets the highest score from students from different races. Apart from the size and cultural diversity of the student population, levels of social integration and tolerance are also quite remarkable.

Cost of tuition: the tuition fees plus the cost of living of these seven universities in Melbourne on average according to QS is about $13,700, which is less expensive than cities in other major countries in the world.

Student employment: students can easily get a job with their study permit in Melbourne, because there are a number of vacancies on campus, such as employees and shop assistants.

Kuala Lumpur:

Universities: Universiti Malaya, Universiti Teknologi MARA (UiTM)

Cost of Housing: According to Mercer, Kuala Lumpur scores high regarding affordability, whether it is low housing costs and relatively low tuition fees (on average $3,900 per year).

Diverse population: Kuala Lumpur has a large population of African students and is in fact the preferred city for many Africans from Ghana, Nigeria and Sierra Leone. Kuala Lumpur is also home to international branches of universities such as the Australian Monash University, allowing students to follow the same course, with the same prestige, possibly more than half the price.


International universities: Seoul National University, Korea University, Catholic University of Korea, Yonsei University, University of Seoul. Universities from Seoul are to be reckoned with according to these statistics.

The South Korean city is one of the most exciting study destinations, not only because of the rich cultural heritage but also because of the cheap training. With $6,300 an international student can get a quality education in Seoul while enjoying the sounds of vendors in the night market, the atmosphere of the tea houses that go on all night or the shouting of gamers in game centers.

Cost of housing: student housing, which students can share with other students, usually goes between 400,000 and 600,000, which is around $420 per month.

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