News Dec 2nd 2016

Ranking Of European Universities 2017

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With so many cheap and easy opportunities for inter-country travel and stay across Europe, there is a huge culture of students from hundreds of different countries harbouring realistic ambitions of being able to apply to and attend a prestigious institution that isn't based in the country that they were born or where they currently live. There are many top universities in Europe that are regularly included in world wide lists, so to make it easier to distinguish from other continents, here is a list of the top five best universities in Europe.

1. University Of Oxford

The University of Oxford is one of the oldest and arguably the most prestigious university in the entire world. With a reputation for the highest quality of teaching, learning and opportunity in the academic world, there is no surprise that it tops the list of best European universities. The list of graduates that have gone on to make world changing impacts in their chosen field is arguably longer than any other university, but beware, the competition for places is extremely hard, with roughly 18000 applicants for just 3200 places every single year.

2. University Of Cambridge

Wherever there is mention of Oxford, so too is there mention of Cambridge. The two have long been mentioned as the kings of the top European universities, and their age-old rivalry in all things academia and sports continues to drive the institutions to become better and even more world-renowned. Specialising particularly in the area of mathematics, Cambridge has produced a slew of Nobel prize winning individuals throughout its history. With only a 25% acceptance rate among applicants, the strict selectiveness is testament to the extremely high standard that the university has.

3. Imperial College London

Imperial College London comes in at number three and continues British dominance across the universities in Europe. The university was founded in 1907 and has continued to build its stellar reputation, particularly in the fields of medicine, science, engineering, business and technology. A large student body of over 14000 undergraduates boasts a huge level of multiculturalism, with 125 different nationalities being represented across the board. It is a well-known fact that many significant blue chip companies always look to Imperial College London graduates when hiring for new positions, and this makes a degree from Imperial one of the most sought after in Europe.

4. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute Of Technology Zurich

ETH Zurich represents the only non-British university to make it in to the top five. Founded in 1855 as the then named Federal Polytechnic School, it has now become one of the world's most prestigious learning institutions for the study of technology and science. The university has produced over 20 Nobel prize winners in its history, including the master of them all, the inventor of theory of relativity and father of modern physics, Albert Einstein. Who wouldn't want to boast having studied at the same university as the great man himself?

5. University College London

Back to Britain for number five on the list. University College London is a wonderful institution that not only boasts some of the best teaching, it also boasts one of the most progressive reputations in the world of higher education as it was the very first university to admit students based solely on academic talent and regardless of their race, religion or class status. Located in the desirable London area of Bloomsbury, UCL offers the full package in terms of academia and quality of life whilst studying.

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