This is an important, disputed, and relevant ranking for professionals and students around the world. If you’re someone who cares about the future (or is just curious), you’ve probably already researched out there which are the best universities in the world. After all, who doesn’t want to be part of the best educational institutions in the world? 

Every year, several institutions carry out surveys to define which are the best universities in the world. And, every year, the institutions that dominate the ranking are located in the United Kingdom and the United States, that is, in countries that have English as their official language. 

Hence the importance of learning English to expand your knowledge possibilities. Because, despite having great educational institutions in Brazil, the best ones are abroad, and to apply to one of these universities, you need to be fluent in English. 

The reasons for learning English in the globalized world we live in are many. When it comes to the job market and academic learning, these reasons seem to have even more weight and importance. During the process of ‘selection’ of universities, you need to take some standardized tests. Among them are the most common TOEFL and IELTS, which aim to demonstrate that your fluency and knowledge of English are sufficient to study at the institution.

To talk a little more about the best universities in the world, we brought data from a survey conducted by the Times Higher Education (THE), a British magazine producing content related to higher education since 1971. The survey analyzes more than 13 criteria that involve teaching, research, knowledge, and international perspectives. 

But now enough of the chat, right? Check out the best universities in the world according to THE: 

1) University of Oxford 

Dominating the first place in the ranking, the University of Oxford is a higher education institution located in England, more precisely in the city of Oxford, in the county of Oxfordshire. The institution comprises more than 30 faculties with their activities, structures, and administration. 

Notable alumni of the institution include Oscar Wilde, Stephen Hawking, Bill Clinton, and many others. 

2) California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

The California Institute of Technology, better known as Caltech, is appearing second in THE ranking. It is one of the main research centers in Science, Technology, and Engineering in the world. It was founded in 1891 and has since changed its name several times, receiving its current name in the 1920s. The institute offers undergraduate and graduates courses focused on science and technology. 

3) Cambridge University

Located in Cambridge, England – United Kingdom, Cambridge University is one of the best universities in the world. The institution brings together undergraduate and graduates courses, more than 30 different faculties, and students from all over the world. In addition, Cambridge University has produced more Nobel Prize winners (82) than many universities worldwide. 

Among the institution’s most notable alumni are John Harvard (who later founded Harvard University), Douglas Adams, Prince Charles, Monty Python comedy group creators John Cleese, Eric Idle and Graham Chapman, and many others. 

4) Stanford University

Stanford University is located in Palo Alto, California, the United States, among the most prominent universities globally. It is considered a university of entrepreneurs, having among its alumni and professors the founders of companies such as HP, Google, Yahoo, Nike, Mercado Livre, and many others. 

The institution is considered one of the strictest when selecting students. It offers undergraduate and graduate courses in Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, Earth Sciences, Energy and Environment, Law, Medicine, Education, and Business. 

5) Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in the United States, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (known worldwide as MIT) is, like the California Institute of Technology, among the best institutions dedicated to studying and research in science, engineering, and technology. Of the world. 

With the promotion of undergraduate and graduate courses, the university has graduated more than 120,000 students, and its alumni and professors have won more than 80 Nobel prizes. In addition, more than 30 graduates of the institution became astronauts. Interesting, right? 

6) Princeton University 

Sixth on the list, we have Princeton University, located in New Jersey, USA. The university has undergraduate and graduates courses to teach humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. Among the institution’s alumni are Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon), John Forbes Nash, Michelle Obama, and Alan Turing, considered the father of computing. 

7) Harvard

Of course, Harvard couldn’t be out of that list. Located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States, Harvard University is among the most prominent universities in the world. The institution graduated eight presidents of the United States and gathered dozens of Nobel prizes among its catalog of professors and former students.

8) Yale

Located in New Haven, Connecticut, in the United States, Yale University was founded in 1701 and is the third oldest university in the USA. The institution carries in its legacy the title of the first US university to issue a doctoral degree, having formed five presidents of the country and having in its catalog of professors and alumni winners of more than 60 Nobel prizes. 

9) University of Chicago

Located in Chicago, Illinois, USA, the University of Chicago has several undergraduate courses and graduate programs and is among the most prominent universities globally. In addition, the institution’s alumni and faculty are winners of 21 Fields Medals, 22 Turing Awards winners, 24 Pulitzer Award winners, and dozens of other competition winners. 

10) Imperial College London

To close the top 10 universities globally, we have Imperial College London, located in England/UK. The institution focuses on science, engineering, and medicine and offers undergraduate and graduate courses. In addition, the university has more than 10 Nobel Prize winners among its professors. 

So, what did you think of this content? Interested in one of these universities? To find out how to enter a university abroad in other content, here on the TopWay blog!