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Best universities in Europe 2024: Rankings for International Students

Using data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024, the best universities in Europe have been identified.

On the list of the best universities in the world, universities located in Europe account for slightly more than forty percent of the total position.

There are 1,904 universities all over the world that are ranked in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2024 guide. Over six hundred of them are located in Europe.

The University of Oxford, which is located in the United Kingdom, is the foremost institution in our Europe table (and in the overall rankings), while 102 other universities from the United Kingdom are included in the league table. The countries of Spain and Italy each have 56 institutions, making them both well represented.

ETH Zurich, a Swiss institution, achieves the highest rank among the universities in mainland Europe, placing it in the top five in Europe and eleventh in the THE World University Rankings 2024. This is the highest ranking achieved by any university in Europe.

Europe Rank 2024  World University Rank 2024  World University Rank 2023 University Country/region
1  1  1 University of Oxford United Kingdom
2  5  =3 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
3  8  10 Imperial College London United Kingdom
4  11  =11 ETH Zurich Switzerland
5  22  22 UCL United Kingdom
=6  =30  29 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
=6  =30  30 Technical University of Munich Germany
8  33  41 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
=9  =38  35 King’s College London United Kingdom
=9  =38  33 LMU Munich Germany

The United Kingdom, Switzerland, and Germany are among the top 10 universities in Europe; however, the majority of the top spots are held by universities in the United Kingdom.

The teaching environment, the research environment, the citations (research influence), the industry income, and the international outlook of the institutions were evaluated. The complete methodology can be viewed in this location.

There are 56 universities in Italy that are included in the ranking; however, the University of Bologna, which is the highest-ranked institution in Italy and is tied for 155th place, does not make it into the top 50 universities in Europe.

In addition, Nordic countries perform exceptionally well, with Sweden and Finland performing exceptionally well in comparison to their population size. Sweden and Finland each have 14 and 10 institutions in the ranking, respectively. The Karolinska Institute, which is the most prestigious university in Sweden, made it into the top 50 of the World University Rankings. A very strong performance is also achieved by the Netherlands.

Denmark, which has seven universities of which the University of Copenhagen is the most prominent, and the Republic of Ireland, which has nine universities in total, are two other countries that perform exceptionally well in comparison to their population size in the Europe table.

France, Greece, Poland, and Portugal are just some of the countries that are represented in the Europe 2024 ranking, which includes more than thirty countries entirely from Europe.

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