Sabrina Collier

更新日期 July 15, 2021 更新日期 July 15

QS Best Student Cities ranking: 78th

The largest city in South Africa with over nine million people, Johannesburg (or Jo’burg) is the country’s economic and commercial hub, with a prominent skyline and mining trade.

Although not one of South Africa’s three capitals, Johannesburg is the seat of the Constitutional Court. It’s considered one of the greenest cities in the world, with extensive parks and gardens and an estimated six million trees.

Stunning natural scenery can be found just outside the city, including nature reserves such as Lion Park and Krugersdorp. 50km northwest of the city, you’ll find the Cradle of Humankind, a paleoanthropological complex of limestone caves with a large number of hominin fossils, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Like the rest of the country, Johannesburg is still coming to terms with a complicated past, while looking optimistically to the future. It offers lots to see and do, with great restaurants, bars and clubs, theater, music, galleries and museums, and a large collection of public art.

The city would be a good choice for sun-lovers, enjoying a generally temperate and pleasant climate throughout the year.

Johannesburg achieves a high score for affordability, ranked among the 10 best cities in the world, reflecting its fairly low tuition fees and living costs.

The city’s higher education system is well-developed, with a range of private and public universities, including the University of the Witwatersrand, one of the most prestigious in the country, ranked fourth in South Africa.

Although South Africa has 11 official languages, the language of instruction at its universities is usually English.

Internationally ranked universities in Johannesburg

University of the WitwatersrandUniversity of Johannesburg

More about Johannesburg

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University of the Witwatersrand (joint 400th)



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To find out how each of the above categories is calculated, view the methodology.


本文首发于 2017 February , 更新于 2021 July 。


The former Assistant Editor of, Sabrina wrote and edited articles to guide students from around the world on a wide range of topics. She has a bachelor's degree in English Literature and Creative Writing from Aberystwyth University and grew up in Staffordshire, UK. 




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