Choosing to study abroad is a popular choice for students, and it's easy to see why.
Immersing yourself in a different culture, learning a new language, and experiencing a lifestyle different to what you're used to is attractive to anyone who likes the idea of travel and broadening their mind.
But when it comes to choosing where to study in Europe, you're struck with an abundance of choice.
Thankfully, Times Higher Education has published a list of the best universities in Europe. Here are the top 10…
1) University of Oxford (England)
Perhaps unsurprisingly, Times Higher Education ranks Oxford University at the top of its list. The world-renowned institution is home to the largest library system in the UK and the world's oldest university museum. On top of this, it boasts a decorated list of notable alumni, including W H Auden, Tony Blair, Bill Clinton, Professor Stephen Hawking, Val McDermid, J R R Tolkien, and Dorothy Sayers to name a few.
Foreign students – coming from over 140 countries and territories – comprise 42% of the university's student body.
2) University of Cambridge (England)
Founded during the 13th century, the University of Cambridge is one of the world's oldest universities. Although it comes in second place to its age-old rival, Cambridge boasts more Nobel Prize winners than Oxford, with 89 in total. One of its alumni – a certain Mr Isaac Newton – is responsible for formulating the laws of gravity.
3) Imperial College London (England)
In third place comes the only university in the UK to focus on science, engineering, medicine and business. It's popular with international students and has a reputation for being considered one of the most international universities in the world – attracting students from more than 125 countries every year.
4) ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich (Switzerland)
Switzerland's largest city is home to the institute famous for producing renowned Nobel prize-winner and scientist, Albert Einstein. The university makes a notable contribution to the global science and technology industry, and 38% of its students come from abroad.
5) University College London (England)
Founded in 1826, UCL was the UK's first secular university – welcoming students regardless of their religious beliefs – and the first to establish gender equality by admitting women on equal terms with men. It was also the first university to be established in London.
6) London School of Economics and Political Science (England)
In 2016, of the university's 18,427 students, 7,544 were from overseas, hailing from 160 countries and five continents. As a result, more than 100 languages are spoken on campus. Top employment destinations for LSE graduates include:
- Banking and Finance
- Research and Education
- Politics and Government
7) University of Edinburgh (Scotland)
After opening its doors in 1583, the University of Edinburgh developed a rich intellectual history and impressive list of notable alumni, which includes Charles Darwin, Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Sir Chris Hoy. The university is home to Britain's oldest literary awards, and is famous for introducing Dolly the sheep to the world – the first animal to be cloned from an adult somatic cell.
8) LMU Munich (Germany)
Recognized as one of Europe's premier academic and research institutions, and located in the heart of Bavaria, LMU Munich has been attracting scholars and talented students from all over the world since 1472. In fact, the university currently educates 50,000 students from 130 countries.
9) King's College London (England)
One of the oldest and most prestigious universities in England, King's College London has more than 27,000 students from 150 countries. The university has a distinguished reputation in law, the humanities, and social sciences. It's also known for its world-class teaching and cutting-edge research – most notably playing a key role in the discovery of the structure of DNA.
10) Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (Switzerland) / Karolinska Institute (Sweden)
The Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne is one of two Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology. And of its 9,928 students, 55% are international. It covers a range of subjects from architecture, civil engineering, computer science, physics and astronomy, and communication and media studies.
Based in the Swedish capital, the Karilonska Institute is among the world's most prestigious medical universities. It offers a range of medical and health sciences courses in English, and almost a fifth of its student population is international (19%).
One important thing before you go to study...
You've made the decision to study abroad. You're excited about exploring a new city, a new culture, and making new friends.
So the last thing you'd want is for all that to be ruined by a trip home because of a medical issue.
That's where our Student International Health Plan helps.
It's a policy designed for all international students who are living and studying overseas. It gives you access to private medical treatment in the country you're studying – so there's no need to return home.
Get a quote for the plan which enables you to enjoy your studies without disruption today.
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