Europe is one of the top education destinations for university studies. Every year European universities accept tens of thousands of students from abroad. Not only from Europe, but also from outside Europe.
And all this is not for nothing: European universities consistently place themselves in the top or subtop ranges in World rankings.
The list of best universities in Europe is dominated by the English universities which make up the half of the Top 10 list with four of them actually in the first four!
Here are the Top 10 Best Universities in Europe based on URAP Ranking’s latest (2014-2015) statistics:
1- University of Oxford World rank: 3
University of Oxford does not need much introduction. Its alumni reads like ‘Who is who” list for the politicians of England and the developing countries. Like Margaret Thatcher, the first female prime minister of Britain, and a more recent prime minister, Tony Blair, often accused for his role in the death of around 500.000 people in Iraq for oil.
But it is more than that! To count only a few among so many: one of the most influential theoretical physicists, Stephan Hawking is a graduate of University of Oxford. Adam Smith, a pioneer of political economy also counts in the alumni of this university. The famous comic Rowan Atkinson, who has got his M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering (yes, in Electrical Engineering) at this university. And too many more to count here!
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2- University of Cambridge World rank: 5
Founded in 1209, Cambridge is the second-oldest (guess after which one!) university in the English speaking world. Cambridge has 31 colleges, of which three admit women only.
You might recognise some names in the alumni list of the University of Cambridge, just to mention four: Charles Darwin, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawkings (graduate studies), John Maynard Keynes.
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3- University College London World rank: 6
University College of London, established in 1826, is the first university in England to be entirely secular, to admit students regardless of their religion and to admit women on equal terms with men. UCL counts no less than 32 Nobel winners among its alumni!
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4- Imperial College London World rank: 15
We all owe Pennicilin to Alexander Fleming who discovered it in one of the laboratories of Imperial College…. Imperial’s faculty and alumni include 15 Nobel laureates!
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5- Københavns Universitet (University of Copenhagen) World rank: 22
And comes the first non-English university in the list! Copenhagen may not be one of the liveliest cities in Europe, but University of Copenhagen is certainly rocking!
University of Copenhagen offers 50+ master’s programmes taught in English, 150+ exchange agreements worldwide, 800 Erasmus agreements, 1,700 incoming exchange students, 2,000 outbound exchange students and 4,000 international degree-seeking students of which half are from other Nordic countries.
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6- Université Pierre et Marie Curie (Pierre & Marie Curie University) World rank: 25
This university was established in 1971 following the division of the University of Paris (Sorbonne), although it can trace its roots back to 1109.
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7- Universiteit Utrecht (Utrecht University) World rank: 35
It is one of the oldest universities in the Netherlands and one of the largest in Europe.The university is well known with its Summer School, the biggest academic summer school in Europe with over 200 courses attended by 110 nationalities in 2014!
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8- KU Leuven World rank: 38
Established in 1425 in the historic town of Leuven, it is the oldest university in Belgium. After being closed in 1797 during the French invasion, it was “re-founded” in 1834.
Though KU Leuven has a Catholic origins, today it accepts students from all faiths.
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9- University of Manchester World rank: 39
Though probably its host city is more famous with its football clubs, University of Manchester is even much bigger performer proven by its place in this select list of Top 10 in Europe.
The University of Manchester attracts thousands of international students coming from 154 countries around the world!
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10- Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich) World rank: 41
The last but certainly not the least in our Top 10 European list, ETH boasts pretty famous alumni. Actually too many, so only to mention a few:
– The most important physicist of the 20th century: Albert Einstein,
– World famous Spanish architect: Santiago Calatrava
– One of the important chemists of the 20th century: Alfred Werner
– The Hungarian scientist who has made so many contributions in so many sicientific disciplines: John von Neumann
– The man who first worked for evil and later took the humans to the moon: Wernher von Braun.
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