Countries with the Best Universities

  1. United States of America


2. United Kingdom

Second only to the US in overall rankings presence, the UK has the continent’s largest selection of internationally ranked institutions, and is also the most popular destination to study in Europe. It currently boasts four of the world’s top 10 universities, and seven of the 10 top universities in Europe. The top universities in the UK are

1.      University of Cambridge (joint 3rd in the world; 1st in Europe)

2.      University of Oxford (6th in the world; 2nd in Europe)

3.      UCL (University College London; 7th in the world; 3rd in Europe)

4.       Imperial College London (8th in the world; 4th in Europe)    

5.      King’s College London (KCL; joint 19th in the world; 7th in Europe



Home to a large portion of the Alps mountain range, Switzerland is the only country other than the US or the UK to claim a university in the world’s top 10. It has a second entrant in the top 15, and half of its eight internationally ranked universities are in the global top 100. The top universities in Switzerland are:

1.      ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, 9th in the world; 5th in Europe)

2.      Ecolé Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL, 14th in the world; 6th in Europe)

3.      University of Zurich (UZH, joint 85th in the world; 31st in Europe)

4.      University of Geneva (joint 89th in the world; 33rd in Europe)

Enrollment: 16,154 (2012)



5.      University of Basel (joint 139th in the world; joint 59th in Europe)


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