Top 10 universities to study abroad

Top 10 International Universities

It is every student’s dream to graduate from a reputed university. Acadamic  certificate gained from such university is a golden mark on the student’s educational history. When an undergraduate desires to get admission in such an educational institute choosing the best often leaves the student wonder which is the best univerty. So, for them here is a list of top 10 universities; highlights about each have been mentioned.

Initially the task looks tough so, here is a vital guidance that will help one in selecting the perfect university; that will fit completely as per a student’s expectation.

The university will rank you based on your academic performance so before getting admission judge the university by going through its honours and achievements. 

Following are some tool ideas that will help you.

  • University ranking
  • University rating which is based on the performance of university in key areas including graduate employability, teaching quality and research quality.
  • Comments by experts and their speculation regarding future development
  • Attend university fairs and meet representatives to get a clearer idea about the life that you will live in the university during your learning period.
  • Study a bit about the location with respect to climate, language spoken, social sense, sports, music etc.

Times Higher Education (THE) which is formerly known as Times Higher Education Supplement (THES) is a London based weekly magazine that reports news regarding higher education.

Times Higher Education (THE) has used 13 individual performance indicators for judging world class universities considering their core mission which includes research, international outlook, and knowledge transfer. The THE ranking examines a university’s teaching, ambience including the learning environment, student ratio, teaching resource and more.

The Times Higher Education World University Ranking 2015-2016 have listed down best global universities based on each of their research, teaching, international outlook and knowledge transfer.

University – Country

  1. California Institute of Technology – United States 

California-Institute-of-Technology                                                                                 1.	California Institute of Technology

 Honoured with

  • Nobel Laureates
  • National Medal of Science
  • National Medal of Technology and Innovation
  • National Academies Memberships

  1. University of Oxford – United Kingdom


The university has

  • 44 colleges & halls
  • 100 libraries (It is the biggest library system in UK)
  • An alumni network of more than 250,000 individuals
  • 120 olympis medallists
  • 26 Nobel Prize winners
  • 7 poets laureate

More than 30 world leaders including 26 UK Prime Ministers have graduated from this university.


  1. Stanford University – United States



  • 21 Nobel laureates

Alumni includes

  • 17 astronauts
  • 18 Turing award recipients
  • 2 fields medallists
  • 38 new campus

  1. University of Cambridge – United Kingdom


This university has 800 years of history which makes it the 4th oldest university.


  • Nobel Prize have honoured 92 associates of the university
  • 150 faculties
  • 6 schools including Art and Humanities

Biological sciences

Clinical Medicine

Physical Sciences and Technology

Humanities and Social Sciences

  1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – United States 


Stars of this university

  • 85 Nobel Laureates
  • 58 National Medal of Science winners
  • 29 National Medal of Technology & Innovation winners
  • 45 MacArthur Fellows
  • Top alumni is Kofi Annan ( former secretary-general of the United Nations)

  1. Harvard University – United States 


The most prominent university of United States. John F. Kennedy (1956) is among those 13 US presidents who have graduated from Harvard.

Its faculty membershave been awarded with Nobel prize, they include

  • Chemist Martin Karplus
  • Economist Alvin Roth
  • Notable alumni of Haward is Al Gore, former US vice-president, he was honoured with Peace Prize in the year 2007

  1. Princeton University – United States 


It is known as the world’s chief research university. It has association with  over

  • 40 Nobel laureates
  • 17 winners of the National Medal of Science
  • 5 receiver of the National Humanities Medal

Its faculty members are honoured with Nobel Prize, they include

  • Chemists Tomas Lindahl & Osamu Shimomura
  • Economists Paul Krugman & Angus Deaton
  • Physicists Arthur McDonald & David Gross.

  1. Imperial College – London United Kingdom


Imperial College London is UK’s leading institution which focuses mainly on four areas engineering, science, business and medicine. The college has near to

  • 15,000 students
  • 8,000 staff
  • Its staff includes 14 Nobel Prize winners,one of them being Sir Alexander Fleming (inventor of penicillin)

  1. ETH Zurich – Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich Switzerland

Albert Einstein graduated in 1901 – To get admission in this reputed institute one has to pass an entrance exam and for Swiss citizens a matriculation certificate is enough

  1. University of Chicago – United States


 The university has always made headlines for providing supreme academic facilities. It is associated with

  • 80 plus Nobel laureates
  • 30 National Medal winners in all fields
  • 9 Fields Medallists
  • It has been honoured with nearly 50 MacArthur “genius grants”

As you are set to create a milestone in your academic field, do a bit homework and choose the best place where your qualities will be polished so that you be one-of-a-kind.

Tips to win research funding

With an increase in the number of students wishing to pursue higher education and growing pressure in all disciplines to get grants, winning funding for your research ideas has never looked more improbable. Although, there is no sure shot tip which can guarantee you success, however, the following steps, if followed, can make the process less exasperating.

  1. Start Early

It is highly recommended that you get an early, first-hand experience in grant writing, to get you accustomed to all the minor details. As an early post doctorate or PhD student you start with asking to check out some of the drafts being done at your workplace. This will help you in giving you an idea of the process and get you accustomed with your proposal. Thinking about your funding in advance will not hit your prospects of getting one, rather it will be an advantage of starting early. Also, your doctorate will include funding opportunities for travel grants, equipment, and much more. Winning a funding is a testimony of your abilities and provides significant experience before moving on to more complex, grant proposals.

  1. Why you need the money?

It always helps, if one is always clear about their goals and how they plan to achieve them. Similarly, deciding in advance why you need the money, for instance, to supplement the cost of travel or perhaps to do archival research or to hold a workshop. Scrutinise all possible bodies who give funds, grants, or fellowships that support what you need the money for. Google the relevant leadership notes prudently to utilize your as well as funding body’s time. Also, discuss your ideas with friends, family, or relevant colleagues, including university research support colleagues.

  1. Prioritize your applications

Like all things in life, your application and various grant schemes should always be prioritized on various parameters like relevance, financial assistance, eligibility, and most importantly your personal choice. Start by picking the right scheme and reading the guidance. Mark your application with all your needs and requirements and see if your qualifications meet the application standard. It’s useful to highlight all the achievements and aspects of a good proposal as you might never be sure of what a reviewer will be looking for.

  1. Seek advice!

Start by talking to people who have already won the grant from the institute or organisation you are applying to. For instance, different organisations have different benchmarks and priorities, so it is advisable you follow all the nuances while pitching your ideas; whether it’s a small organisation or a big fish, it is worth finding out about.

  1. Concentrate

The most common and fatal mistake made by an applicant is reluctance to read and answer the queries being asked. Over-confidence is another folly which many suffer from. Getting over-ambitious about what can be achieved in the period of an award. Typically, it is important to focus on what is really important about your proposed research as you will have less space than you would want. Write constructively, and remember to highlight your qualifications. Also, prepare well in advance for question like – why you are the right person.

  1. Remember to ask questions

It is highly recommended that you get in contact with the funder. All organisations, offering grants and funds will always have an email address or a phone number for you to address all your queries. Thus, you can seek answers to any of your queries.

  1. Look for Second opinions on your applications

Initially, your application won’t be reviewed by experts in your specific area. So, ask your friends, family, or guide to review your application and seek answers to questions which are unanswered. Secondly, an outside outlook of your application will help you in addressing all the queries.

  1. Rejection is not the end of the road

Even if you fail, the main advice is to keep trying. Many people, lose all hope with initial rejection and don’t re-submit applications where they can. Look at rejection as a benchmark of improvement. Seek suggestions from reviewers, which can further add value to your application. The fate of your application is not directly proportional to the quality of your application. Look at it as an inspiration to make changes.

Don’t just send the same thing again, but respond to feedback and then try. It can be disappointing if you have put a lot of effort into something but see it as a learning point, and  there is around a 20% success rate, so you have to expect some rejection.

Go Dutch! Student Life in Netherlands


Traditionally, the UK, the US, and Australia have been education hubs for students; attracting the best of the talents from around the world. Fascinating campus life, university brand names like the Cambridge, the MIT, London School of business, or the Queensland University have been the primary choices. And apart from the names, the country and standard of living across them has been a major crowd puller. However, moving to these places brings along its own share of stress. It starts with higher cut off scores to sky rocketing tuition fees; and by the end of it all, for many, the dream of moving to the US or the UK stays a dream. Netherlands has been slowly but progressively becoming a major student hub with its traditional architecture, high value of living, and stress-free campuses. In contrast to the UK and the US, Netherlands is a relaxed country with a laid back approach, and this sense is critical to the student experience. People are easy to talk to and helpful; college campus have a distinct architecture which is a welcome attraction from monotonous lives most of us lead, and standard of life at par any developed economy.

Here’s why student life in Netherlands trumps that in “traditional education destination”.

You are part of the place you live

The universities in Netherlands characteristically offer fewer societies; allowing students time to take part in activities in their town or city, where they are studying. Students are encouraged to take part in co-curricular activities such as local choirs or amateur sports. Students are motivated and encouraged to help organize events like: conferences, seminars, food banks, charities or any other event of social repute. Students can use such events as a way of evading the repetitive studies and do something that is different and fresh. Most importantly, it allows you to meet people from outside the gated community of your college as ultimately you aren’t going to live in a university forever, and this comes out as a perfect preparation for your life ahead.

You can Cycle anywhere (Literally)

Imagine yourself jumping on your bike on a sunny summer’s day to cycle down Amsterdam’s canals. Pretty sublime; isn’t it? However, in Netherlands, it is a daily choir, as you have to cycle to get around, no matter what time of year. Though, cycling in chilling winds of January isn’t always idyllic, but you can’t get your daily exercise without putting any extra effort. It is like the Netherlands was designed specifically for cyclists, the open alleys, a beautiful canal, and archaic buildings; so by far, cycling is the best way to get around.

A heaven for sports fanatics

Youngsters in the Netherlands are brought up playing several sports from a young age and, unlike India, where children are forced to choose one between the studies or sports, they keep this up as they get older. Even girls are motivated to pick a game of their choice. In Netherlands, games and sports are considered an integral part of development of the overall personality. Most of the youngsters have played field hockey, football, and tennis from the moment they could walk. Their teams often aren’t associated with the college, giving youngsters another chance to grow their friend circle.

You can travel (and it won’t cost you a fortune)

At universities in Netherlands, students usually have class modules for around 40 weeks every year. This may sound hellish to Indian students who are used to a holiday after almost every few days; in Netherlands students get a maximum of three weeks off for such holidays. However you will realize you prefer this system to the one followed back home in India, because during your stay there you‘ll have to shape a diverse life for yourself. You can organize day trips to other cities or can explore your college city. The location – in the mid of Western Europe – also allow you to organize cheap weekend trips. One can easily get to Antwerp, Berlin, Cologne, or Madrid in a few hours by coach.

You will learn more

You’ll get more time for academic reading or assignments or to simply go out and witness the historic beauty of the city; reducing stress levels and means your other interests do not hamper your grades. Students in Indian Universities often complain about not having enough time to do everything they want to do. The old cliché of “work hard, play hard” really applies to Netherlands. In comparison, the students in India have to cram about 12 weeks’ worth of work into a four week term, while also doing extracurricular activities like social events or competitions. Ironically, each term at the university feels like a marathon run at sprint pace.

Although the experience of living in Netherlands can be similar in terms of costs and financial status, however, the ‘student-life’ experience is well worth the cost.

Rankings and League Tables


Millions of students start university in high spirits every year in either the Spring or the Autumn semester, in a new place, making new friends, adapting to the environment in- and outside the university but all after a series of decisions and preparation centred round the university they chose all those months ago – one of the first decisions being the selection of the institute itself. So how do you decide? This is never an easy decision because of the numerous factors involved; however, it starts initially with the ranking and reputation of a university. You ask your family, friends, and those who may be presently attending or may have previously attended, or you may visit to a professional career guidance service to seek their help but, ultimately, you will have to decide and push the button yourself.

Here, we help you decode those league and ranking tables and tell why reputation is not the only thing that should factor into your decision.

Prestige and Reputation isn’t above all

Always the first aspect to be evaluated, a university’s prestige is what matters to most people nonetheless. True, for prospective employment opportunities, attending the right university is more important. For example, attending Cambridge, Harvard, MIT, or Oxford will be respected by most employers regardless of the course studied; or knowing that attending Wharton for a MBA will offer plenty of prospects. However, this does not imply that a certain course from, say, a small community college will curtail your future prospects. Eventually, it depends on your ambition, as well as the skills you acquired and how you use them.

The widely respected QS university ranking system considers academic reputation as its largest factor; thus, established universities with a strong brand score higher on their ranking system. Such systems are an unavoidable part of the reputation and brand image of universities, enabling them to attract staff, students, and research investment; university leaders, though cynical of them, always pay attention to their institute’s ranking.

Research Influence and Staff Ratios

Even within the lesser-ranked universities, certain subject departments and research institutes stand out; consider the University of Surrey, UK, which does not rank very highly internationally, despite being a established and respected university nationally. However, it is one of the best universities for Civil Engineering courses in the UK, with a world-leading Space Structures Research Centre. Similarly, large research funding attracts a proportionately large pool of talented lecturers, often those who have worked for a long time within the relevant industry. To gain funding, the research output must be strong and a great emphasis is placed on “citations per faculty” – or how often they are published in academic publications. Linked with this is the academic staff-to-student ratio since a lower staff-student ratio prevents you from being just another number and, just like in school, allows greater contact time with your lecturers.

This is important for both under- and post-graduate students, since you must evaluate whether your course’s parent department is any good: for undergraduates and taught postgraduates, the focus is on the teaching quality; for research postgraduates and doctoral students, it is on the research quality.

Physical and social environment

While the latter is more difficult to define qualitatively, the physical environment plays a huge role: you are spending anywhere between 1-5 years in a new location, depending on your course, so it is best to find out whether the place you will call your second home is actually liveable. Most universities located in the world’s major metropolises are very adaptable: New York, Los Angeles, London, Paris, and so on are globalised cities, catering to almost all your needs. However, those smaller cities and towns that are not so familiar may seem ‘riskier’ but they have the ability to widen – or even change – your perspective. Linked to the liveability is the social aspect: are the denizens welcoming? Are there enjoyable cultural and recreational activities? Eventually, you must question: “Does the environment excite me?”


Perhaps obvious but factoring in the monetary constraints is significant: can you or your family afford the tuition, the accommodation, and other living expenses you require? Consideration of other factors, besides prestige, also should factor into your spending an exorbitant sum on your education abroad, especially when taking a loan; think of it as an investment: will it pay off? You will not be hired by a company simply based on your graduation from, say, Yale so you must ensure that the learning and skills acquired are actually worth it.

The ‘official’ rankings and such measurements are the characteristics of universities rather than its students, resulting in a list dominated by an élite selection. Specialist and smaller arts-schools or polytechnics will not feature despite their quality, nor will those that emphasize teaching over research. Prioritizing reputation – such is the nature of the QS, and other, rankings – merely highlights those already renowned. Although useful, seeing through the limitations of these rankings facilitates better decision-making regarding your future.

The Benefits of College Education


The role that a college plays in the life of a student is often underestimated. Apart from providing an interactive atmosphere to all the students, college is also a place where the initial profile of an individual is shaped. College provides for a healthy and competitive background where students can compete with each other in a healthy environment and improve their skills.

Key benefits of college are:

You’re only as good as your word.

College teaches you to be responsible in a number of ways. You’re going to end up signing up for different clubs, organizations and, hopefully, a few study groups as well and eventually, once the fun of the initiations is over, this will mean shouldering some responsibilities. At the same time, you’re also going to be dealing with teachers and faculty members who don’t necessarily know you since prep school and will basically form an opinion of you on the basis of whether or not you’re true to your word.

The great part about this is that it’s going help you gear up for the professional world. You’re going to end up learning that every decision you make has a ripple of consequences that will either form a great impression of you at work or a really bad one.

Deadlines key to discipline

Now, whether you’re planning to be a big shot in the corporate field or a go-with-the-flow kind of an artist, deadlines are one of the most important ways that you can prove yourself. Think of it this way, if a gallery wants to show off your work, you’re going to have to do the work in time as opposed to ‘sticking it to the man’ and just not having your work shown because you spent the previous night playing Amnesia on your laptop.

Meeting your college deadline will end up conditioning you into taking work seriously and being more punctual. Once you graduate from college and are thrown into the real world, you’re going to realize how important this really is.

Choose Your company wisely

Your friend circle in college is going to be instrumental in shaping your beliefs, the kinds of things you like and do and how you deal with challenges. This is because once you’re hanging out with a group of people on a regular basis for almost 3-4 years, you’re going to eventually notice that your thinking patterns, or patterns of action, are merging a little with those of your friends. However, this doesn’t mean that you’re going to lose your individuality, it means that people tend to rub off on each other and there’s not much you can do about that.

New Experiences

Even if you’re not the kind of person to join an after-school club, you’re probably going to end up experimenting with a lot of new extracurricular activities simply because being in a new place is slightly mind boggling and you’re brain is going to want to try to find a place for you in any way that it can.

As result, once you’ve signed up for a few clubs and maybe participated in a few activities that involve hordes of strangers staring at you, you will be open to new experiences. You will also walk away with a clearer understanding of what you like, the kind of person you are and the kinds of challenges that excite you and motivate you.


Dealing with new people and new experiences teaches us how to highlight our own individuality in a conversation while trying to make friends. As a result, you’re going to end up treating yourself as a brand that needs to be marketed every now and then, especially if you’re going to be trying out for activities that require interviews to get in.

This will end up being really good for you because once you start looking for a job, acing an interview should be much easier because you’ll know exactly how to make yourself sound more desirable, reliable and ‘job-worthy’.