QS World University Rankings
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QS World University Rankings!

The QS World University Rankings for Europe in 2024 are out! They evaluate 688 universities in Europe based on 12 categories, including a new one called ‘International student diversity,’ which looks at not just how many international students a university has but also how many different nationalities they represent, giving a better picture of diversity.

The UK has the most universities in the rankings (15.5%), followed by Turkey (10.6%), Germany (7.8%), Italy (7.5%), France (7.2%), Spain (6.4%), Poland (4.8%), and Ukraine (4.8%).

This year, 106 European universities are newly ranked, including ones from North Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, and Albania.

The top 10 universities in Europe for 2024 are:

  • University of Oxford
  • ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology
  • University of Cambridge
  • Imperial College London
  • UCL
  • The University of Edinburgh
  • Université PSL
  • The University of Manchester
  • EPFL
  • King’s College London

The UK stands out in the top 10 with seven universities, and the University of Oxford is in the first place. Oxford, Cambridge, and Imperial College London are known for their excellent academic reputation, employer reputation, and international research networks.

The University of Edinburgh deserves a special mention for scoring a perfect 100 in the sustainability


In addition to the UK, Switzerland (two universities) and France (one university) also make it to the top 10 in various categories.

It’s worth noting that universities beyond the top 10 excel in specific areas. For instance, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (ranked 66th) is great for inbound exchange students, the University of Luxembourg (ranked 182nd) excels in outbound exchange students, and Aalto University (ranked 40th) does well in employment outcomes.

According to a survey, the UK remains the top choice for international students in Europe (22%). Other popular destinations include Sweden (8%), Italy (6%), the Netherlands, and Germany (5% each).

Career prospects play a significant role in students’ decisions, with 58% of UK prospective students valuing the high employability rate. The UK’s reputation for producing skilled graduates makes it an attractive destination. London was also ranked as the best student city in the QS Best Student Cities 2024 report released earlier this year.