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What are the best universities in Europe 2021?

Discover the best universities in Europe according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021.

The European universities are known for their outstanding and internationally competitive teaching environment, research projects, citations, industry relations, and international outlook.

The European universities dominated 40% of the recent Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021. The 2021 list has more than 1,500 universities around the world where over 500 of them are in Europe.

Which European country has the best universities?

Overall, over 30 European nations are represented in the Times Higher Education (THE) World University Ranking 2021. The UK in specific comes in the lead as about 100 UK universities appear in the prestigious table of THE 2021.

Spain follows the UK as the next most represented European country with 50 institutions. However, Switzerland’s ETH Zurich “Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich” comes remarkably in the top five of THE 2021.

Other prominent European universities and institutions comes in the top European universities include Swedish, Dutch, German, and French universities.

While Italy has 49 universities and institutions in the THE ranking, but its top-ranked institution doesn’t make it into the top 50 in Europe or the top 100 internationally.

What’s the best university in Europe?

The University of Oxford is the best university in Europe and the world, ranking as No.1 in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings for the 5th consecutive year.

The UK’s University of Oxford was established in the 13th century making it the oldest university in England. Since then, it has become one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Oxford is also known for hosting the largest library system in Britain with more than 11 million volumes. Its campus also encompasses a number of museums and galleries including the Ashmolean, which is the oldest museum in the UK.

Top 10 universities in Europe in THE 2021 Rankings

The following table shows the best 10 European universities according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021:

University THE World Ranking 2021 Country
University of Oxford 1 UK
University of Cambridge 6 UK
Imperial College London 11 UK
ETH Zurich 14 Switzerland
University College London (UCL) 16 UK
London School of Economics and Political Science 27 UK
University of Edinburgh 30 UK
LMU Munich 32 Germany
King’s College London 35 UK
Karolinska Institute 36 Sweden

Source: THE World University Rankings 2021

How to choose the right university in Europe?

Choosing your university for pursuing a prestigious degree in Europe is a decision that should be taken after due consideration. A few of the factors that can affect this decision are:

  1. Fees
  2. University ranking
  3. Scholarship options
  4. Internship opportunities
  5. Graduate employment rate
  6. Location
  7. Living expenses

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