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Top 50 Universities in the world for International Students for 2012

As national and global competition continues to increase in the work force, the need for young and prospective undergraduate and postgraduate students and graduates to optimize your career opportunity cannot be overemphasized. For those aspiring to join the work force, studying at reputable international universities and acquiring such high quality degree is a bold step to enhance your career prospect.

The following universities listed below are the top 50 ranking institutions in the world for international students as measured by the QS World University ranking 2011. These schools are expected to be the most international student friendly institutions worldwide.

50. The University of Sydney Australia

The university of Sydney aim to create and sustain a university in which, for the benefit of both Australia and the wider world, the brightest researchers and the most promising students, whatever their social or cultural background, can thrive and realise their full potential.


49. Carnegie Mellon University United States

Carnegie Mellon’s dedication to educating students around the globe is illustrated with 20 percent of students from outside the United States and with alumni located world-wide. Rooted in the belief that diversity leads to innovation, Carnegie Mellon provides a solid support structure to international students in Pittsburgh and at its international locations.

Carnegie Mellon University is a global research university with more than 11,000 students, 86,500 alumni, and 4,000 faculty and staff.


48. University of Bath United Kingdom

The University of Bath was founded in 1966, and is unmistakably modern in both appearance and outlook. It is firmly established as one of the best Universities in the UK, regularly appearing in the top ten of national surveys and has an impressive record of research. The Library is the only 24 hour academic library in the UK, and stocks all the major scientific journals.

The University, is one of the smaller universities in Britain, supporting a hard-working, hard playing community approaching some 10,000 students, including over 700 international students as well as a cosmopolitan postgraduate community of over 3,000.


47. École Polytechnique France

For more than two hundred years, Ecole Polytechnique, the most prestigious educational establishment in France, has been dedicated to educating students in Science and Technology at the highest level. The Ecole’s mission is also to train young men and women in leadership skills so that they can become tomorrow’s outstanding scientists, researchers, managers and public officials.

Ecole Polytechnique, a state-supported Grande Ecole, with 2,500 students, more than 900 faculty members and 1,600 people in its Research Centre, is a member of the ParisTech group which is composed of ten of the foremost French Graduate Institutes of Science & Technology located in the Paris area.


46. The University of Melbourne Australia

Melbourne is a leading international university with a tradition of excellence in teaching, research and engagement. Melbourne offers broad undergraduate degrees and world-leading graduate programs in professional and scholarly disciplines to over 40,000 students each year.

Melbourne’s outstanding performance in international rankings puts it at the forefront of higher education globally. It is currently ranked 6 in the Asia Pacific region, 75 world-wide on the Shanghai Jiao Tong scale and 51th in the Taiwan (HEEACT) ranking.


45. The University of New South Wales Australia

The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is one of the leading teaching and research universities in Australia. UNSW enjoys a vibrant and cosmopolitan campus life, with close to 14,000 international students flying the flag for 130 countries. The university maintains strong links with its international graduate community, and has over 190 student exchange opportunities in 32 countries around the world. A rich and comprehensive learning experience awaits, with over 900 programs are available across 9 faculties.


44. University of Technology, Sydney Australia

The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) is an innovative and practice-oriented university with an international outlook. UTS offers career-relevant education across a diverse range of traditional and emerging fields. Of 32,500 students more than 7,500 are international students from 120 countries. This diversity creates a vibrant and rich learning environment that exposes students to a range of points of view and values.

UTS offers over 100 undergraduate and 150 postgraduate courses across the following study areas: Business, Communication, Design, Architecture and Building, Education, Engineering, Information Technology, International Studies, Law, Nursing, Midwifery and Health, Pharmacy andScience


43. University of Oxford United Kingdom

Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world and lays claim to nine centuries of continuous existence. As an internationally renowned centre for teaching and research, Oxford attracts students and scholars from across the globe, with almost a quarter of our students from overseas. More than 130 nationalities are represented among a student population of over 18,000.

Scholarships at University of Oxford

42. The University of Auckland New Zealand

The University of Auckland is New Zealand’s pre-eminent research-led University. Established in 1883, it has grown into an international centre of learning and academic excellence and is New Zealand’s largest university with over 40,000 students and nearly 4000 international students from 93 countries worldwide. As a student at Auckland you have the opportunity to spend a semester or two of your programme on a student exchange at one of more than 90 partner universities in 25 different countries.


41. University of Surrey United Kingdom

Ranked 20th in the UK by The Guardian League Table 2011 and 32nd by The Times Good University Guide 2011, the University of Surrey offers a wide range of top ranking undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes. The University of Surrey is also regarded as one of the UK’s leading research universities with a global reputation for academic excellence. Surrey is proud to be recognised as one of the most culturally diverse universities in the UK, with nearly 3000 international students from over 130 countries currently studying with us.


40. Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Belgium

The Universite Libre de Bruxelles (ULB), with its 21,000 students, 29% of whom come from abroad, is an intrinsically international institution open to both Europe and to the whole world. The ULB is a multicultural institution which has 8 faculties and a range of schools and institutes and is, at the same time, a comprehensive university providing academic tuition in all disciplines and study cycles.

As a public university, which is recognised and subsidised by the Belgian authorities, the ULB receives government funding today to the tune of 60% of its overall budget. Founded on the principle of free-thinking analysis which advocates independent reasoning and the rejection of dogma in all its forms, the ULB has remained true to its original ideals, an institution free from any form of control which is committed to defending democratic humanist values, an approach it also extends to the way that it is run.


39. Stanford University United States

Stanford University, founded in 1885, is recognized as one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions, with one of the most renowned faculties in the nation. Stanford students – men and women of all races, ethnicities and ages – are distinguished by their love of learning and desire to contribute to the greater community. As a research and teaching university, it offer both undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to work closely with faculty and researchers.


38. University of Cambridge United Kingdom

The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world and one of the largest in the United Kingdom. There are 31 Colleges in Cambridge. Three are for women (New Hall, Newnham and Lucy Cavendish) and two admit only graduates (Clare Hall and Darwin). The remainder house and teach all students enrolled in courses of study or research at the University

37. Monash University Australia

Excellence in research and education and great diversity in location, culture and people distinguish Monash as a leading Australian and proudly international university.

It has over 50,000 students from more than 100 countries at the 6 Australian campuses and campuses in Malaysia and South Africa. Our students also benefit from centres in London, UK and Prato, Italy and teaching and research partnerships around the globe.


36. Australian National University Australia

Established in 1946, The Australian National University is one of the world’s most highly regarded universities. ANU continues to attract some of the best students and staff from Australia and around the world. Its reputation for distinctive research is widely recognised, and its teaching programs are among the nation’s best.

A wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs are offered by the University’s seven colleges. There are numerous scholarships available for international students at both undergraduate and graduate levels.

Scholarships in Australia


35. Paris Lodron University of Salzburg Austria

The Paris Lodron University of Salzburg is the largest educational institution in the Salzburg region. Presently, over 18,000 students are enrolled and it employees approximately 2,700 staff members in research, teaching and administration. Since its re-establishment in 1962, the University has developed into a modern, vibrant institution whose four Faculties—Theology, Law, Cultural and Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences—meet the highest standards of teaching and research


34. Sciences Po Paris France

Short presentation Sciences Po is a major social sciences research and teaching institution. It offers undergraduate and graduate education in economics, law, history, sociology and political science.

Sciences Po is a full-fledged, self-governing university, which enrols overall some 10000 students, including 38% students from abroad, in a variety of programmes.


33. Wageningen University Netherlands

Wageningen University was founded in 1918. In recent decades it has evolved into one of the world’s leading education and research centres in the plant, animal, environmental, agrotechnological, food and social sciences. Wageningen University wishes to develop and disseminate the scientific knowledge needed to sustainably supply society’s demand for sufficient, healthy food and a good environment for humans, animals and plants”. Recognising the importance of disseminating knowledge and expertise, the university offer students from around the world a wide range of educational programmes. Wageningen University offers students from abroad a special international Master of Science Programme as well as a post-graduate programme.


32. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) United States

The mission of MIT is to advance knowledge and educate students in science, technology, and other areas of scholarship that will best serve the nation and the world in the 21st century.

Today MIT is a world-class educational institution. Its five schools and one college encompass 34 academic departments, divisions, and degree-granting programs, as well as numerous interdisciplinary centers, laboratories, and programs whose work cuts across traditional departmental boundaries.


31. Royal Holloway University of London United Kingdom

Royal Holloway enjoys an international reputation for the highest quality teaching and research across the sciences, arts and humanities. Royal Holloway is renowned for having a friendly environment – home for a vibrant community of 7,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students of all ages and backgrounds and from more than 120 countries.

30. Universität Innsbruck Austria

With about 22,500 students the University of Innsbruck is western Austria’s largest institution of higher education and research. The University of Innsbruck is one of Austria’s oldest universities. Today 15 faculties offer more than 70 study programs


29. City University London United Kingdom

City University was founded in 1894 as the Northampton Institute and awarded full university status in 1966. It has almost 11,500 students from 153 countries who benefit from the University’s internationally renowned experience of more than one hundred years’ of teaching and learning.


28. Nanyang Technological University (NTU) Singapore

Established in 1991, the Nanyang Technological University (NTU) is a top-tier university in Asia. Acclaimed for its science and technology curriculum, the University is also reputed for its business school which ranks among the region’s best. NTU has a student enrolment of about 25,000 students, out of which more than 6,000 are graduate students. It offers a broad-based curriculum, which focuses on the development of global views, entrepreneurship and adaptability.

Expanding rapidly on a solid foundation of science and technology, the university is breaking new ground in global education as a comprehensive university.


27. HEC Paris France

Throughout its 130 years of history, HEC Paris School of Management has continually attracted a special kind of individual highly capable and talented, innovative, entrepreneurial, ambitious and open minded.  HEC offers an outstanding academic and practical education, the opportunity for personal growth, state-of-the-art facilities for working with others in groups, the environment in which to learn, and the confidence to lead and make critical business decisions.


26. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) is a young and dynamic university devoted to education and research particularly at the postgraduate level. Founded in 1991, HKUST comprises five schools – Science, Engineering, Business and Management, Humanities and Social Science, and the Fok Ying Tung Graduate School in Guangzhou. The undergraduate and postgraduate students represent a large number of nationalities


25. University of Essex United Kingdom

The University of Essex has always been dedicated to research and scholarship of the highest international standards. The departments of Economics, Government and Sociology were awarded 5-star ranking for research of special distinction;, while the departments of Accounting, Finance & Management, Art History, Electronic Systems Engineering, History, Law, Philosophy and Psychology received a grade 5 for research of national and international excellence. All overseas students are guaranteed a single room (with internet access) in University accommodation for the duration of their course. Over 25% of the students come from 120 overseas countries, with additional numbers from within the European Union.


24. The University of Warwick United Kingdom

The University of Warwick has 29 academic departments and over 50 research centres and institutes, in four Faculties: Arts, Medicine, Science and Social Sciences. 20% of the student body comes from overseas and over 125 countries are represented on the campus.


23. University of Hong Kong Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) is Hong Kong’s first and foremost tertiary institution.  It served as an international university for South-East Asia in the early years of the last century, having almost as many Malayan students as Hong Kong students during some decades. Today, the University has more than 20,500 students from 80 different countries around the world, and 2,250 academic staff.


22. University of St Gallen (HSG) Switzerland

The University of St.Gallen (HSG), Switzerland, continues to pursue the goal of providing its more than 7,000 students with a practice-oriented education, guided by an integrative view of business, economics, law, social sciences and international affairs. The University of St.Gallen is bilingual: German and English. Bachelor’s Level: The Bachelor’s courses are taught in German but will offer a Bachelor’s course in Business Administration taught in English from autumn 2013. Six out of twelve Masters programmes are taught in English: Marketing, Services and Communication Management, Banking and Finance, Strategy and International Management, Economics, Quantitative Economics and Finance and International Affairs and Governance. Most of the Ph.D. programmes are taught in English.

The University of St.Gallen (HSG) is committed to promoting international students and faculty, as well as the international orientation of its teaching: – 34% of students come from 80 different nations – 48% of faculty come from abroad.


21. ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) Switzerland

Where Einstein Started his Career

Consistently ranked the top university in continental Europe, ETH Zurich, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, is a leading player in research and education in Switzerland and worldwide.

ETH Zurich’s 16 departments offer Bachelor, Master and Doctoral programmes in engineering and natural sciences. The language of instruction in the Bachelor programmes is German, whereas English is the prime language on the graduate level. All degree programmes provide a solid scientific foundation combined with outstanding all-round skills, equipping ETH graduates with the abilities and flexibility needed for a career in industry, business or the public sector, as entrepreneur or scientist.


20. University of Geneva Switzerland

From the time of its creation in 1559 by Jean Calvin, right up to the recent discovery by University astrophysicists of extrasolar planets, the University of Geneva has continued to grow and develop while maintaining its longstanding tradition of excellence with an international angle.

The University of Geneva is the second largest university in Switzerland and is a public institution of the Republic and Canton of Geneva. It pursues three missions: Teaching (classes are, in general, taught in French), research, and service to the wider community.


19. National University of Singapore (NUS) Singapore

The National University of Singapore (NUS) is Singapore’s global university with distinctive strengths in education and research and an entrepreneurial dimension. More than 28,000 students from 80 countries make the University a hub of activity and buzz. NUS offers comprehensive curricula in the Faculties of Arts & Social Sciences, Business, Computing, Dentistry, Design & Environment, Engineering, Law, Medicine and Science.


18. Macquarie University Australia

As a Macquarie University student you will join a diverse and welcoming community of 33,000 students, with 10,400 international students from over 114 countries.

Ranked among Australia’s top universities and within the top 40 in the Asia-Pacific region (Shanghai Jiao Tong University Academic Rankings of World Universities, 2010), Macquarie University is recognised for its innovative curriculum, high-quality teaching and research, and unique campus environment.

Macquarie University offers courses in the following areas of study:

• Accounting • Actuarial Studies • Biotechnology • Business • Chemistry • Chiropractic • Commerce • Education • Engineering • Environmental Science • Information Technology • International Relations • International Communications • Law • Linguistics • Management • Marketing • Media • Psychology


17. UCL (University College London) United Kingdom

Described by The Sunday Times as ‘an intellectual powerhouse with a world-class reputation’, UCL is consistently ranked as one of the top three multifaculty universities in the UK and features in the top 5 universities worldwide. UCL is a multidisciplinary university with an international reputation for the quality of its research and teaching across the academic spectrum, with subjects spanning the sciences, arts, social sciences and biomedicine. As well as being dynamic and intellectually challenging, UCL offers a very cosmopolitan and international environment in which to study. Over 30% of students are from outside the UK, coming from nearly 140 different countries.

UCL Undergraduate Scholarships


16. Stevens Institute of Technology United States

Founded in 1870, Stevens is a premier private coeducational institution focused on research and entrepreneurship. Stevens is committed to exploring the frontiers of engineering, science, and management.


15. Imperial College London United Kingdom

Imperial College London is a university of world class scholarship, education and research in science, engineering and medicine, with particular regard to their application in industry, commerce and healthcare. It is consistently rated among the United Kingdom’s top three universities, and was ranked 5th in the world by the Times Higher Education Supplement in 2009. The College has over 3,000 academic and research staff and almost 14,000 students from over 120 different countries.

Imperial has three Faculties, of Engineering, Natural Sciences, Medicine; the Imperial College Business School; and a Humanities Department.


14. University of St Andrews United Kingdom

Founded in 1413, St Andrews is Scotland’s first University and the third oldest in the UK. Although St Andrews is not a campus University, it has grown and developed with the town and is now comfortably integrated.


13. Rockefeller University United States

The Rockefeller Institute for Medical Research was the first institution in the United States devoted solely to biomedical research to understanding the underlying causes of disease. Today, renamed Rockefeller University, it is one of the foremost research centers in the world, contributing to 23 Nobel Prizes as well as numerous other awards.


11. Maastricht University Netherlands

Maastricht University (UM) is an international university located in Maastricht, one of the oldest and most beautiful cities of the Netherlands. UM is internationally renowned for its innovative educational methods, dynamic research portfolio, and its diverse, international population. Maastricht is the most international and fully bilingual (Dutch & English) university in the Netherlands. Over 47 % of students and 30 % of academic staff come from abroad, together representing about 70 different countries.


10. ESCP Europe France

With campuses in Paris, London, Berlin, Madrid and Turin, ESCP Europe is at the cutting-edge of cross-border business education. Founded in 1819, it is the oldest business school in Europe. The ESCP Europe portfolio includes the flagship Master in Management, 23 Specialised Masters (full-time and part-time), the Master in European Business (MEB), the European Executive MBA, the Master in Marketing and Creativity, the Master in Hospitality Management and a PhD programme. The School has 77 academic alliances in 43 countries.


9. SOAS – School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London United Kingdom

The School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) is a college of the University of London and the only Higher Education institution in the UK specialising in the study of Asia, Africa and the Near and Middle East. The school has more than 4,600 undergraduate and post graduate students from more than 130 countries programmes in a wide range of law, social science, humanities and languages.

SOAS Scholarships for Africa


8. Curtin University of Technology Australia

Curtin University of Technology is Western Australia’s largest university with over 40,000 students, around 16,000 of those offshore and onshore international students and nearly 1,700 research students.  Curtin offers over 850 undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, engineering, health sciences, humanities, science, mining and agriculture.


7. Swinburne University of Technology Australia

Founded in 1908, Swinburne is a multidisciplinary, multi-campus institution with more than 26,000 students, including some 5000 international students from around the world.

Swinburne’s undergraduate teaching strengths are built around a solid technology base and influential links to industry. Swinburne has a flexible and forward-thinking understanding of international government, education and business priorities, and is responsive to the changing needs of industry. A truly international university, Swinburne has developed successful relationships with universities around the world..


6. RMIT University Australia

RMIT is a global university of technology and design, and is ranked in the world’s top 55 universities for graduate employability.

RMIT is highly regarded by local and international employers. RMIT offers an extensive range of work-integrated- learning (WIL) opportunities with over half of RMIT programs incorporating local and international work placements. RMIT offers over 470 internationally recognised diplomas, degrees and postgraduate degrees. Pathway options and English language programs are also available in Architecture, Art and Design, Advertising and Communication, Aviation and Aerospace, Biotechnology, Education, Environmental studies, Engineering, Health and Medical Science, IT and Computer Science, Management and Logistics, Media, Film and TV, Property and Project Management, Science


5. Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland

From its foundation in 1853 as part of the University of Lausanne, the ECOLE POLYTECHNIQUE FEDERALE deLAUSANNE, EPFL, has evolved into a top-ranked research and teaching institution that attracts some of the best intellects in the world. Nearly 10,000 people — students, professors, scientists and administrative staff — share this campus. More than 107 nationalities are present in its campus .


4. Illinois Institute of Technology United States

Founded in 1890, IIT is a Ph.D.-granting technological university awarding degrees in the sciences, mathematics and engineering, as well as architecture, psychology, design, business and law. IIT’s interprofessional, technology-focused curriculum prepares the university’s 6,200 students for leadership roles.


3. London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine United Kingdom

The London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine has an outstanding international reputation in public health and tropical medicine and offers world class masters and research degrees. The School is particularly noted for the excellence of its postgraduate medical training. The School also offers opportunities to undertake study through a mix of London-based and distance learning modules.


2. Cranfield University United Kingdom

Cranfield is wholly postgraduate, specialising in science, technology and management. Cranfield has a global reputation for inspirational teaching and research, industrial-scale facilities and superior links with industry and commerce. The areas of expertise are in – aerospace, automotive, defence, energy, environment, healthcare, management, manufacturing and security – making it uniquely placed for both students and corporate partners alike.


  1. 1.       London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) United Kingdom

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is a world class centre for its concentration of teaching and research across the full range of the social, political and economic sciences. Few university institutions in the world are as international. The study of social, economic and political problems covers not only the UK and European Union, but also countries of every continent.


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