Thinking About Study Abroad? Top 10 Universities Outside of the United States

Heading off to college is one of the most exciting milestones in a student’s life. How about doubling that excitement by studying abroad?  Some high school graduates choose to attend colleges outside of the United States for reasons such as experiencing a new culture, learning or improving a foreign language, or simply making college more affordable. Here is a list of top 10 prestigious universities around the world according to The U.S. News World’s Best Universities rankings, based on the QS World University Rankings.

1. University of Cambridge

Location: Cambridge, United Kingdom

Tuition Fees for International Students: £13,662 – £33,069 (Per Year)

“The University of Cambridge is one of the most ancient and distinguished universities in the world. Teaching has taken place here since 1209 and today there are more than 19,000 students at the University, including around 1,200 international students from over 120 different countries studying undergraduate courses.” University of Cambridge – Undergraduate Study Page

2. UCL (University College London)

Location: London, United Kingdom

Tuition Fees for International Students: £15,200 – £20,100 (Per Year)

“UCL is one of the highest ranked universities in the UK and in the top ten universities worldwide (QS World University Rankings). The school has around 30% international students from almost 140 countries. The campus is located in the heart of London, one of the world’s most vibrant and exciting cities. It has world-class academic reputation and high quality education with an emphasis on small-group teaching.” UCL – Information for Prospective Students (International Students)

3. University of Oxford

Location: Oxford, United Kingdom

Tuition Fees for International Students: £3,675 – £20,405 (Per Year)

“Oxford’s university community is truly international. Students currently come from 138 countries around the world and study a wide range of subjects. They make up one third of our student body, including 14 percent of our full-time undergraduate students and 63 percent of our full-time postgraduates. Oxford offers a distinctive form of undergraduate education, unique in the world to Oxford and Cambridge.” University of Oxford – Admissions (International Students)

4. Imperial College London

Location: London, United Kingdom

Tuition Fees for International Students: £ 22,500 – £ 25,500 (Per Year)

“Consistently rated amongst the world’s best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. The school embodies and delivers world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering, medicine and business, with particular regard to their application in industry, commerce and healthcare. During the school year of 2011 – 2012, the school had 4,300 overseas students which accounted for 30 percent of the full-time students.” Imperial College London – Prospective Students


5. ETH Zürich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zürich

Location: Zürich, Switzerland

Tuition Fees for International Students: CHF 644 (Per Semester)

“ETH Zurich is one of the leading international universities for technology and the natural sciences. It is well-known for its excellent education, ground-breaking fundamental research and for putting its new findings directly into practice. It offers researchers an inspiring working environment and its students a comprehensive education. Founded in 1855, ETH Zurich today has some 18,000 students from over 100 different countries. About 500 professors currently teach and conduct research in the areas of engineering, architecture, mathematics, natural sciences, system-oriented sciences, and management and social sciences.” ETH Zurich – About Us


6. McGill University

Location: Montreal, Canada

Tuition Fees for International Students: CAD 31,000 (Per Year)

“McGill University is one of Canada’s best-known institutions of higher learning and one of the leading universities in the world. With students coming to McGill from some 150 countries, our student body is the most internationally diverse of any research-intensive university in the country. McGill is known for attracting the brightest students from across Canada, the United States, and around the world. McGill students have the highest average entering grades in Canada, and our commitment to fostering the very best has helped our students win more national and international awards on average than their peers at any other Canadian university. The school currently has more than 37,500 students, including 20 percent international students.” McGill University – About Us


7. University of Toronto

Location: Toronto, Canada

Tuition Fees for International Students: CAD 35,283 – CAD 39,580 (Per Year)

 “The University of Toronto is committed to being an internationally significant research university, with undergraduate, graduate and professional programs of excellent quality. The University of Toronto is dedicated to fostering an academic community in which the learning and scholarship of every member may flourish, with vigilant protection for individual human rights, and a resolute commitment to the principles of equal opportunity, equity and justice. U of T is proud to be the home away from home to almost 10,000 international students from over 150 countries. We have a number of resources and programs to help you adjust to the new customs and culture in Canada.” Discover U of T – International


8. University of Edinburgh

Location: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Tuition Fees for International Students: £8,915 – £27,900 (Per Year)

“The University’s mission is the creation, dissemination and curation of knowledge. As a great civic university, Edinburgh especially values its intellectual and economic relationship with the Scottish community that forms its base and provides the foundation from which it will continue to look to the widest international horizons, enriching both itself and Scotland. During the school year of 2011 – 2012, the school had more than 25,000 full-time students with 7,600 overseas students.” University of Edinburgh – About the University


9. University of Hong Kong (HKU)

Location: Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Tuition Fees for International Students: USD 16,875 (Per Year)

“Since 1997, HKU has consistently been ranked as one of the best universities in Asia. The current QS World University Rankings rankings are 1st in Asia and 23rd in the world. The school has the best overall entrance examination scores of any university in Hong Kong. HKU received 25,000 undergraduate applications for 2012 admissions from students outside Hong Kong schools system. In comparison to 2011, the international application numbers have grown by 44% as well as an increase in diversity of countries of application (96 countries) including 13 countries such as Argentina, Ethiopia, Iceland, Iraq and Jamaica that HKU received applications from for the first time.” Admission – Why HKU

10. Australian National University (ANU)

Location: Canberra, Australia

Tuition Fees for International Students: AUD 24,746 – AUD 28,678 (Per Year)

“The Australian National University (ANU) is a national asset that connects much of the best Australian thinking, expertise and learning. ANU takes this knowledge to the world and brings the world’s best back home. The University has won wide recognition as a place of intensive research, undergraduate and postgraduate education, and policy engagement. ANU people come from all around Australia and the world. The school has around 4,200 international students, which account for 25% of the total student body.” ANU Profile – People

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