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Top Universities in Europe

Europe may be the second smallest continent on planet Earth, yet it is home to many of the world’s best educational institutions. The leading countries include UK with the highest number of internationally ranked universities among European countries, closely followed by France and Germany. Switzerland and Netherlands are among the rising stars with universities ranked in the Global top 100 and are leading a group of smaller European countries with very strong higher education systems.

With more than 320 top universities in Europe to choose from, stating the top universities in Europe is not easy. You may be looking for a university because you hope to further your education and build a strong foundation for a bright career path. At times, the right institute alone is not enough, as you also need to be comfortable with the cultural setting. We have tried to give each country its due credit so that the cultural surrounding you are hoping to enjoy while studying may be catered.

The following is a list of the top rated universities in Europe. Additional information about the state, the average annual cost of graduate and postgraduate programs and total student population is also given to assist you in making the right decision. For further information about each university or local universities in the country of your station, please visit the institute’s website.

NOTE: All costs refer to annual tuition fees exclusive of registration taxes, cost of living, and other expenses. Tuition fees are subject to changes on a yearly basis.

S.No. University Name Located In Cost of Programs Total Student Population Global Ranking1
1 University of Oxford London Can range between £4,000 – £42,000, depending on your selected course >12,000 2
2 University of Cambridge London £9,000 for all courses >18,000 7
3 Imperial College London London £9,000 for Home/EU candidates.£24,000 – £35,000 for overseas candidates, depending on selected courses. >13,000 10
4 University College London (UCL) London £9,000 per year for UK and EU students. £15,000 to £30,000 for international students >21,000 21
5 ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Switzerland CHF 580 per semester, CHF 1160 per year. >15,000 14
6 Karolinska Institute Sweden Free for applicants within the EU/EEA and Switzerland. For other applicants, between SEK 165,000 –SEK 200,000 with 4 installments per year. >8,000 36
7 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland CHF 633 per semester, 1266 in a year. >7,000 37
8 Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München Germany none >44,000 55
9 KU Leuven Belgium Between € 53.3 + € 3.2 per study point to € 61.9 + € 9.3 per study point > 40,000 61
10 Georg-August-Universität Göttingen Germany €540 >24,000 63
11 École Normale Supérieure France Between €181 – €380 >3,000 65
12 Leiden University Netherlands Subsidized rates for Dutch and Swiss nationals, between € 2.573 – € 16.300. International students are suspect to different rates according to different courses. >17,000 67
13 University of Helsinki Finland No tuition fees >35,000 100
14 Technical University of Denmark Denmark DKK 102,500 (€ 13,500 ) >9,000 117
15 Pompeu Fabra University Spain € 2,344 – €4,549 for European students€3,103- €6,068 for international students >14,000 164