We all know that education is important. However, despite knowing that many of us choose the universities near to them instead of picking the ones that are considered the best.
Actually, your future university won’t simply give you your diploma: it’ll shape your life in many ways, changing your way of thinking and affecting your goals. That’s why it is so important to choose a university wisely, taking all factors like majors, location, tuition, etc. into consideration.
We’re here to help you make your choice, offering a list of 20 finest European universities.
- KU Leuven, Belgium.
This Dutch-speaking school in considered the most innovative university. Despite it is known as the oldest Catholic university in the whole worlds, it doesn’t teach theology only. Actually, modern KU Leuven willingly accepts students of all faiths, offering many opportunities for advanced and comprehensive scientific research.
- University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.
It’s actually one of the world’s top-ranking universities that has so many benefits. In Cambridge, you can receive any kind of degree (starting from bachelor’s and ending with a doctorate) in Arts, Medicine, Business, Engineering, Language and many other subjects. Cambridge graduates are one of the most wanted professionals in the United Kingdom and the studying process there is amazing: for example, you can receive supervisions or have small group tutorials with university’s most senior members.
- Moscow State University, Russia.
It is considered one of the oldest Russian institutions. It also has its own museums and over 10 research centers, allowing students to do deeper researches with practical assistance. This university offers bachelor’s degrees in many important majors such as Technology, Arts, Business, Medicine, and so on.
- University of Munich, Germany.
One of the oldest German universities that was able to produce 34 Nobel Laureates. It is considered second largest in the whole country and offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in Science, Arts, Business, Medicine and so on.
- Pierre and Marie Curie University, Paris.
If you are interested in science or any of medicine-related fields, consider applying to this French university. It is one of the most famous and biggest in France, offering students to practice in 8 main teaching hospitals and in 100 research laboratories.
- Heidelberg University, Germany.
This is the oldest German university. It was founded in 1386 and successfully functions even now, offering students to receive free and high-quality education (they only have to pay relatively low semester fees to continue studying). This university has three campuses and probably a dozen of different academic divisions.
- The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom.
This university exists for over 400 years and had graduated many scientists, philosophers, and politicians during that time. What’s even more interesting is that it’s one of the most international universities too: students from nearly two-thirds of all world’s nationalities studies there. The University of Edinburg consists of three colleges that contain 22 different schools.
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich.
As we can tell from its name, this university focuses on technologies mostly (along with natural sciences), being one of the leading in this field. It offers one of the finest educational programs in chemistry, mathematics, and physics.
- University College London, United Kingdom.
This university was the first in England to accept female students on the same terms as male ones, but it’s just one of its many benefits. It is famous for its very impressive research facilities and interesting programs, which include the most recent ideas and research discoveries. It is also located near the British Library and the British Museum, making it easier and more interesting for students to learn.
- Imperial College London, United Kingdom.
This famous university hosts students from more than 125 world countries, offering amazing programs focused mostly on science, business, engineering, and medicine. Previously it was a part of the University of London, but later it had become an independent university – one of the most famous and prestigious in the UK.
- University of Oslo, Norway.
The oldest Norwegian institution, offering bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees, as well as associate degrees and certificates diplomas in many fields of knowledge. There are nearly 49 master’s courses taught in English there, but it’s impossible to find any bachelor’s ones taught in this language.
- University of Barcelona, Spain.
This public institution was founded in 1450. Now the university has many campuses located in different corners of Barcelona as well as on the eastern coast of a country. They offer the same tuition fees both for international and local students, also offering a number of top-quality educational programs in different academic fields.
- University of Oxford, United Kingdom.
There are many old universities in Europe, but the University of Oxford still stands out among them: it’s the oldest university in the whole English-speaking world. Education here is focused on research a lot: students do research in all four main academic fields. The whole university is made of a central university and 38 colleges, as well as six private halls.
- Humboldt University of Berlin, Germany.
There are many universities that are able to offer students high-quality humanist education these days, but the Humboldt University of Berlin was the first one to do so. Today the university offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees in various fields of knowledge.
- Polytechnic University of Madrid, Spain.
This Spanish university is focused on all areas of engineering and architecture, offering a number of high-quality courses of a different kind. It is valued internationally because of the quality of its teaching and research.
- University of Twente, Netherlands.
This university was originally focused on technologies, willing to increase the number of technical specialists in the country. Now it has five faculties: Engineering Technology; Science and Technology; Behavioural Sciences, Management and Social Sciences, Geo-Information Sciences and Earth Observation; Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science.
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich, Switzerland.
One of the most famous technological institutes both in Switzerland and worldwide. This university offers various programs in 16 departments, focused on the natural sciences and engineering. All bachelor programs are taught in German, while graduate ones are commonly taught in English.
- Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden.
It’s the largest and the oldest technical Swedish university, providing at least one-third of country’s technical research and education capacity. University mainly focuses on technology as well as natural sciences.
- University of Vienna, Austria.
It’s one of the largest universities in whole Central Europe: its campuses are located in more than 60 places. They also have a library, some bookshops, and restaurants on campuses’ territory. However, University of Vienna is famous not only because of that: it is a great technological university with a huge amount of different courses.
- Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne, Switzerland.
This technological university has over 350 laboratories, providing students with so many options for research and growth. It also stimulates the collaboration process between its professors, students, entrepreneurs, and researches, creating amazing works of technology, science and architecture in the result.
Of course, there are more than 20 amazing universities in Europe. We’ve chosen the ones that offer the most common specializations, but if you want to find a top-quality university that specializes in performing arts, or economics, for example, you’ll be able to do so. The important thing here is not to find the perfect university right away but to understand that there are so many options waiting for you.
We wish you good luck with finding the university of your dream!
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