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Top 10 Universities in Europe with High Rankings

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Have you been waiting for the perfect opportunity to study at a university in Europe but don’t know where to start? Well, you can start by gathering information on some of the best universities in Europe, then narrow them down based on the factors that are important for you. Some of those factors could be choice of undergraduate and graduate programs, career and networking opportunities, cutting-edge research, location, communities, personal values, etc. University rankings can also make this selection a bit easier by evaluating other factors such as academic reputation, quality of teaching, teacher to student ratio, among others.

This post provides you with a snapshot of the best universities in Europe based on published rankings, range of academic programs, location, and tuition costs (Tuition costs depend on the country, student’s nationality, and field of study with some universities offering free tuition, and others requiring high-priced fees for their MBA programs or medical schools).

10. Sorbonne University (France)

Created in 2018 by the merger of the Paris-Sorbonne University and Pierre and Marie Curie University, Sorbonne University is a multidisciplinary research university located in the heart of Paris. With an enrollment of 55,300 students, Sorbonne university promotes diversity, creativity, innovation, and openness to the world.

Academic Programs:

Most of the programs offered at Sorbonne are taught in French with some master’s programs taught in English. Sorbonne offers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral programs in a wide range of subjects across three faculties: the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, the Faculty of Science and Engineering, and the Faculty of Medicine.

Tuition fees 2022: 

There are no tuition fees at French universities, however, the following registration fees apply to most students:

  • Bachelor’s degree: 170€ (~ $193 USD) per year.
  • Master’s degree: 243€ (~$276 USD) per year.
  • Doctorate degree: 380€ (~$431 USD) per year.

Rankings

  • #3 France and #83 World University Rankings by QS
  • #10 Best Universities in Europe and #46 Best Global Universities by US News
  • #42 World Rank, #4 National Rank by Center for World University Rankings.

Website: https://www.sorbonne-universite.fr/en

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9. University of Amsterdam (Netherlands)

The University of Amsterdam (UvA) dates back to 1632 when it was founded as the Athenaeum Illustre. Four centuries later, UvA has grown into a leading research university with over 34,000 students and 3,000 Ph.D. researchers from 100 different nationalities. UvA is widely known for its focus on innovation, research, and international science.

Academic Programs:

Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in Arts, Humanities, Business, Media Communications, Economics, Behavioural Sciences, Law, Science, Technology, Medicine, Dentistry, and Social Sciences. While most academic programs are taught in Dutch, there are about 20 bachelor’s and over 200 master’s programs taught in English.

Tuition fees 2022: 

*Home students are students who come from EU or EEA Member States, Switzerland, or Suriname. Home students pay statutory tuition fees. International students pay institutional fees depending on the program of study.

  • Bachelor’s and Master’s home students*: €1,882 – €4,610 (~ $2,138 – $5,238 USD) per year
  • Undergraduate international students: €8,300 – €20,700 ($9,430 – $23,500 USD) per year
  • Postgraduate international students: €10,400 – €25,080 ($11,800 – $28,500 USD) per year

Rankings

  • #9 Best Universities in Europe and #38 Best Global Universities by US News
  • #1 in the Netherlands and #55 in World University Rankings by QS
  • #2 in the Netherlands and #65 Worldwide by Times Higher Education

Website: https://www.uva.nl/en/home



8. University of Munich (Germany)

Founded in 1472, the University of Munich (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München aka LMU) is one of the leading research universities in Germany and Europe. With campuses across Munich, the university has an enrollment of over 52,000 students. LMU is home to students, professors, and researchers from more than 130 countries.

Academic Programs:

LMU offers over 300 programs including undergraduate, postgraduate, doctoral, and online study programs in a wide variety of subjects such as Arts, Humanities, Law, Economics, Social Sciences, Mathematics, Science, Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine. Additionally, LMU offers a few specialized programs taught in English ranging from American History to Neuroscience.

Tuition fees 2022: 

Tuition is free at LMU, except for some specialized English-taught programs that may charge a tuition fee. There are also some student fees required. Currently, the student union fee is €75,00 and the additional fee (transportation) for the semester ticket is €72,00 = €147,00  (~ $167 USD).

Rankings

  • #10 Best Universities in Europe and #46 Best Global Universities by US News
  • #64 World University Rankings by QS
  • #1 Germany, #32 Worldwide by Times Higher Education

Website: https://www.lmu.de/en/index.html

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7. University of Copenhagen (Denmark)

The University of Copenhagen (UCPH) was founded in 1479 in Denmark as a center for learning, research, creativity, and critical thinking. Today, UCPH has 4 campuses, 9 Nobel Laureates, 8 museums and research gardens, and an enrollment of over 37,000 students including approximately 4,000 international students.

Academic Programs:

Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in Humanities, Law, Social Sciences, Health and Medical Sciences, Science, and Theology. While some Master’s programs are taught in English, all undergraduate programs are taught in Danish.

Tuition fees 2022: 

  • Tuition is free for students from Denmark and Nordic Countries.
  • International students (students from countries outside of the EU/EEA or Non-Nordic Countries): €10,000 to €17,000 ($11,367 – $19,300 USD) per academic year, depending on the program.

Rankings

  • #8 Best Universities in Europe and #37 Best Global Universities by US News
  • #26 Best Universities in Europe Rankings by QS
  • #1 Denmark, #34 Europe by Times Higher Education

Website: https://www.ku.dk/english/



6. The University of Edinburgh (Scotland)

Officially opened in 1583, the University of Edinburgh is one of the oldest universities in Scotland, and one of the most popular among university applicants receiving over 60,000 undergraduate applications per year. As a research-intensive university, the University of Edinburgh offers a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate programs and courses. Additionally, it also offers online programs and online courses on platforms such as Coursera and EdX.

Academic Programs: 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate degrees in Arts, Business, Divinity, Economics, Education, Engineering, Humanities, Informatics, Languages, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Social Sciences, Science, and Veterinary Medicine.

Tuition fees for 2022 per year

  • Undergraduate home (Scotland) students: £1,820 GBP (~ $2471 USD)
  • Undergraduate rest of the UK (outside Scotland) students: £9,250 GBP (~ $12,561 USD)
  • Undergraduate international students: £23,100 – £49,900 GBP (~ $31,360 – $67,760 USD)
  • Postgraduate home (Scotland) students: £2,000 – £35,900 GBP (~ $2,715 – $48,750 USD)
  • Postgraduate rest of the UK (outside Scotland) students: £2,000 – £35,900 GBP (~$2,715 – $48,750 USD)
  • Postgraduate international students: £3,835 – £35,900 GBP (~$3,686 – $48,750 USD)
  • Online program fees: £2,400 – £24,100 GBP (~$3,260 – $32,727 USD)

Rankings: 

  • #16 World University Rankings and #2 Best student city in the UK by QS
  •  #18 World’s most international universities and Top 10 for graduates’ employability by Times Higher Education

Website: https://www.ed.ac.uk/




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5. ETH Zurich (Switzerland)

Founded by the Swiss Federal Government in 1854, ETH Zurich focuses primarily on engineering, technology, science, and mathematics. At ETH Zurich, students come from 121 countries, one-third are female, and 98% of Master’s graduates find employment after one year.

Academic Programs:

Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in Architecture and Civil Engineering, Engineering Sciences, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, System-oriented Natural Sciences, Management, and Social Sciences. 

Tuition fees 2022: 

These rates apply to Swiss and international students

  • Undergraduate and Postgraduate (Master’s) Students: CHF 800 (~$867 USD) per semester. 
  • Doctoral Students: CHF 1’500 (~$1,627 USD) One-time fee for the whole doctorate due after registration for the doctoral examination.

Rankings

  • #6 World University Rankings by QS
  • #5 Best Universities in Europe and #26 Best Global Universities by US News
  • #29 World Rank, #1 National Rank by Center for World University Rankings.

Website: https://ethz.ch/



4. Imperial College London (United Kingdom)

Imperial College London is a science-focused university founded in 1907. Over 17,000 students attend Imperial with multiple campuses around London allowing direct access to research centers and business hubs. Among its research centers are the Data Science Institute, the Institute of Global Health Innovation, and the Centre for Hedge Fund Research.

Academic Programs:

Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in Science, Engineering, Business, Economics, Mathematics, Medicine, Public Health, Science Communication, Data Science, and Machine Learning.

Tuition fees 2022: 

  • Undergraduate home (UK) students: £9,250 GBP (~ $12,560 USD) per year
  • Undergraduate international students: £32,000 – £45,300 GBP ($34,700 – $49,135 USD) per year
  • Postgraduate home (UK) students: £6,500 – £57,200 GBP ($7,050 – $62,040 USD) per year
  • Postgraduate international students: £17,000 – £57,200 GBP ($18,440 – $162,040 USD) per year

Rankings

  • #3 in Europe and #7 in the world by QS
  • #3 in Europe and #12 in the world by Times Higher Education
  • #4 Best Universities in Europe and #20 Best Global Universities by US News

Website: https://www.imperial.ac.uk/



3. University College London (United Kingdom)

Founded in 1826, University College London (UCL) was the first university to be established in London, the first to admit women, and the first university to admit students regardless of their religion. Today, UCL is recognized as one of the main global research centers and the largest university in the UK based on student enrollment.

Academic Programs: 

Undergraduate and Postgraduate programs in Arts And Humanities, Brain Sciences, Business, Engineering, Education, Law, Life Sciences, Mathematical and Physical Sciences, Medical Sciences, Population Health Sciences, and Social and Historical Sciences.

Tuition fees 2022:  

  • Undergraduate home (UK) students: £9,250 GBP (~ $12,560 USD) per year
  • Undergraduate international students: £24,000 – £32,100 GBP ($31,640 – $82,700 USD) per year
  • Postgraduate home (UK) students: £5,690 – £45,000 GBP ($15,380 – $82,837 USD) per program
  • Postgraduate international students: £19,400 – £52,900 GBP ($27,370 – $146,923 USD) per program

Rankings: 

  •  #8 World University Rankings by QS
  • #3 in Best Global Universities in Europe and #16 in Best Global Universities by US News
  • #19 World Rank, #3 National Rank by Center for World University Rankings.

Website: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/



2. University of Cambridge (United Kingdom)

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is the second oldest university in the English-speaking world. Located in the city of Cambridge, the university is about 55 miles north of London or about 2 hours north by train. Cambridge is currently at the heart of the high-tech Silicon Fen with many start-up companies in industries such as technology and bioscience.

Academic Programs: 

Undergraduate, Master, and Doctorate degrees in Arts & Humanities, Business & Social Sciences, Language & Culture, Medicine & Health, Engineering, and Science & Technology. 

Tuition fees 2022: 

Course tuition fees depend on the field of study.

  • Undergraduate home (UK) students: £9,250 GBP (~ $12,560 USD) per year
  • Undergraduate international students: £23,300 – £60,900 GBP ($31,640 – $82,700 USD) per year
  • Postgraduate home (UK) students: £11,328 – £61,000 GBP ($15,380 – $82,837 USD) per program
  • Postgraduate international students: £20,157 – £108,192 GBP ($27,370 – $146,923 USD) per program

Rankings: 

  • #8 Best Global Universities by US News
  • #3 Global World Rankings 2022 by QS
  • #4 World Rank, #1 National Rank, #3 Quality of Education Rank by Center for World University Rankings 

Website: https://www.cam.ac.uk/



1. University of Oxford (United Kingdom)

Founded in 1096, the University of Oxford is considered the oldest university in the English-speaking world. Located in the beautiful city of Oxford, students can easily travel to and from London (1 hour by train) and expand their access to a whole world of educational, research, and career opportunities.

Academic Programs: 

Undergraduate and graduate programs in Arts & Humanities, Business & Social Sciences, Language & Cultural, Medicine & Health, and Engineering Science & Technology 

Tuition fees 2022:

Course tuition fees depend on the field of study.

  • Undergraduate home (UK) students: £9,250 GBP (~ $12,528 USD) per year
  • Undergraduate international students: £27,840 and £39,010 GBP (~ $37,706 – $52,800 USD) per year
  • Postgraduate home (UK) students: £10,970-£65,500 GBP (~ $14,890 – $88,700 USD) per program
  • Postgraduate international students: £28,560-£95,400 GBP (~ $38,600 – $129,550 USD) per program

Rankings:

  • #5 Best Global Universities by US News
  • #1 World University, #1 European Teaching, #3 World Reputation by Times Higher Education
  • #5 World Rank, #2 National Rank, #7 Quality of Education by Center for World University Rankings.

Website: https://www.ox.ac.uk/

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Author: Denisse Romero, M.S., Ed.M. is an international consultant with decades of experience in global communications, education and technology. As a former international student, she provides advice and resources that help students in multiple countries achieve their educational and career goals. She holds a Master’s of Science in Information Systems from The George Washington University and a Master’s in Education from Harvard University.

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