European countries like United Kingdom, Italy and Switzerland etc. have a number of colleges and universities providing world class education. These colleges and universities are consistently ranked among the top universities in the world. The facilities provided in European universities are excellent and includes libraries, museums, sports, research laboratories etc. A large number of students from outside European Union take admission in these universities and explore the rich European culture and tradition as well.
List of Colleges and Universities in Europe
University of Oxford, England
Oxford University is considered to be the oldest university in the world. It is an independent university located in England, United Kingdom and consists of 38 colleges. All the colleges provide excellent facilities like common rooms, libraries, sports, accommodation, museums, computing facilities etc. Apart from this, there are 6 Permanent Private Halls.
Various undergraduate and graduate level courses are offered in all the colleges. There are 6 more colleges where only graduate courses can be pursued. Around 20000 students are enrolled every year from more than 140 countries, thus making diverse study environment. The university is divided into 4 academic divisions viz. Medical Sciences, Humanities, Social Sciences and Mathematical, Physical & Life Sciences.
It also has 5 Recognised independent centres specialized in religious studies like Buddhist Studies, Hindu Studies, Islamic Studies etc. The Bodleian Library of the university is the largest library in the whole United Kingdom. The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked the Oxford University as 1st in United Kingdom and 4th in the whole world.
Imperial College London
Established in 1907, Imperial College London has been ranked 3rd in Europe and 8th in the world. The university is organised into faculties like Faculty of Engineering, Faculty of Natural Sciences, Faculty of Medicine and Imperial College Business School. The faculties further constitute various academic departments and centres that offer undergraduate, postgraduate and research studies to the students.
Under the research opportunities, the university provides PhD studentships, fellowships and Doctoral trainings. It also has research partnerships with leading companies. Other than degree and research programmes, the university offers various short term courses. The centre for continuing professional development provides short courses of 3-5 days for the working professionals.
Moreover, the school of professional development offers a number of diplomas and certificate level courses. This school has 4 main functional areas viz. English Development Unit, English Language Support Unit, Centre for Co-curricular Studies and Centre for Continuing Professional Development. The university campus provides excellent facilities to the students including accommodation, research facilities, library, sports, music, visual arts, film, cinema and restaurants.
It also has over 300 clubs, projects and societies that help the students to participate in extra-curricular activities. The students groups of various clubs participate in state and national level competitions. The Ethos sports centre provides free facilities like gym and swimming etc.
University of Cambridge, England
One of the oldest universities in the world, Cambridge University consists of 31 colleges. It was founded in 1209 and is located in Cambridge city of England. The university is divided into 6 schools in various disciplines viz. Arts and Humanities, Humanities and Social Sciences, Biological Sciences, Physical Sciences, Clinical Medicine and Technology.
These schools are further organised into faculties and over 150 departments. The university provides a huge number of scholarships and bursaries to the students. The Academic Ranking of World Universities has ranked it as 1st in Europe in 2011. It enrols around 18448 students both in undergraduate and postgraduate courses in the university.
The libraries, museums and other collections of the university are great resources for research students. It has 114 libraries, out of which Cambridge University Library is the central library containing millions of books and manuscripts. The research facilities in the university including research laboratories and teaching facilities are well-known in the world.
It has dedicated research institutes and centres available for research studies. For sports activities, the university has a large number of clubs dedicated to almost every sport like football, boxing, basketball, badminton, cricket, golf, athletics, hockey, gymnastics, tennis, rugby, volleyball, polo etc.
University College Dublin, Ireland
A leading research university in Europe, University College Dublin was founded in 1854. It is located in Dublin, the capital city of Ireland. It is the largest university of Ireland. Abbreviated as UCD, it is also known as National University of Ireland. It enrols around 24625 students in various undergraduate and postgraduate courses.
Out of these, around 5000 are international students. The university is organized into 5 colleges viz. College of Arts & Celtic Studies, College of Business & Law, College of Engineering, Mathematical & Physical Sciences, College of Human Sciences and College of Life Sciences that consist of 34 schools. Apart from this, it has 18 research institutes and centres.
The Times Higher Education World University Rankings ranked the university as 88th in Europe in 2012-2013. Other than providing undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, it also offers PhD training and research studies.
Moreover, graduate diploma, diploma and certificate courses are also provided by the university in more than 290 areas. Food Science, Agriculture and related programmes are offered in the Island of Ireland by this university only. Various sports clubs and societies are also available for the students for extra-curricular activities.
ETH Zurich, Switzerland
ETH Zurich stands for Eidgenossische Technische Hocprhschule Zurich in German language. Established in 1855, it is a public university and considered to be one of the best universities in Europe by the Times Higher Education Ranking. It has been ranked as 4th in Europe by the Academic Ranking of World Universities in 2011.
Located in Zurich in the capital of Switzerland, around 17187 students are currently studying in the university in Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level courses. Apart from this, there are short courses under continuing education programs which include Master level and certificate level courses for business and working professionals.
The degree programmes can be pursued in various departments viz. Architecture and Civil Engineering, Engineering Sciences, Natural Sciences & Mathematics, System-oriented Natural Sciences and Management & Social Sciences.
The university also provides research grants to the students for top level research. A number of prize winners in the field of physics, chemistry and medicine have been produced by this university. ETH Zurich is mainly focussed on the fields of engineering, science and management.