Although Europe is a small continent, the second smallest after Australia, it is densely packed with many of the world’s best educational institutions. In the QS World University Rankings 2018, about 38 percent of all the universities listed were from Europe. The top three countries in Europe that recorded the highest number of universities were the UK with 76 entries, Germany with 45 entries and France with 35 entries. The wide selection of top universities in the rankings makes it quite hard to decide the best European university to study in. In this article, we have compiled the 10 best universities in Europe.
1. University of Oxford
There is no doubt that the University of Oxford is one of the top universities in the word. This university has a long history having been established sometime in the 13th century. Until 1878, women were never admitted to the institution and it was not until 1920 that the institution began to award degrees to women.
The University’s library system is the largest in the United Kingdom with over 11 million volumes. Moreover, the University boasts some of the world’s oldest museums and galleries. Ashmolean, for instance, is the oldest museum in the world.
2. The University of Cambridge
This is another top university in Europe established in the 13th century. Like the University of Oxford, this University is also situated in the United Kingdom. It has rich traditions just like the University of Oxford. One notable tradition of this University is a meter-long wooden spoon which is currently on display in St. John’s College.
3. Imperial College London
This UK University focuses entirely on science, medicine, engineering, and business. It is one attractive university in Europe with students from over 125 countries. The institution’s focus in research has seen it invest more than $15 million in new grants for researchers from the four disciplines.
4. ETH Zurich
ETH Zurich is a university situated in Switzerland that specializes in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. The University ranks among the top universities with a high number of Nobel prizewinners. It has so far produced over 20 Nobel prize winners, among them the famous Albert Einstein. The university has approximately 35 percent of students from abroad.
5. University College London
This institution is the oldest in London and the first to accept secular students considering the fact that it is highly religious. The University’s main campus is located in central London with a wide range of facilities.
6. London School of Economics and Political Science
This is a top social science university in the UK. The institution, founded in the 18th century, specializes in a number of social science courses including sociology, anthropology, economics, politics, and law.
7. University of Edinburgh
This is the six oldest university in the English-speaking world. The institution comprises of three colleges including the College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, the College of Humanities and Social Science and the College of Science and Engineering.
8. LMU Munich
LMU is situated in Germany is one of Europe’s elite academic and research institutions. It was founded in 1472.
9. King’s College London
This is another highly ranked university in the UK. The university specializes in research and teaching. In terms of quality and quantity of research activity, the institution is ranked sixth in the UK.
10. Ecole Polytechnique
Our list of 10 best universities in Europe is concluded by Ecole Polytechnique from Switzerland. The university is highly ranked in terms of its research and teaching in Engineering. Like other top-rated universities, the university boast a number Nobel Prize winners including Jacques Dubochet who won the price in Chemistry.