The Top Universities in the UK

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The Top Universities in the UK
The UK is a hub for higher education. (Getty Thinkstock)

The United Kingdom is known internationally as a hub for exceptional higher education. Home to three of the best universities in world---University of Oxford, University of Cambridge and Imperial College of London---the UK is an ideal place to seek a college education.

University of Oxford

Made up of 38 self-governing colleges spread out across the city of Oxford, the University of Oxford is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Each college has an area of discipline and gives its students the opportunity to flourish in that concentration through a tight-knit community. Each of Oxford's colleges spends a lot of money every year on library and study facilities, books, events and sports---all contributing to the overall prestige of the university. The relatively small number of students at each college allows for close and supportive personal attention to be given to the induction, academic development and welfare of individuals, according to the website.

University of Oxford University Offices Wellington Square Oxford OX1 2JD United Kingdom +44 1865 270000

University of Cambridge

Located in Cambridge, UK, the university is close behind Oxford as one of the top universities in the world. The University of Cambridge is made up of 31 colleges and more than 150 departments, spread out across the entire city. A student's "college" at Cambridge is where he eats, socialises and receives small private classes in his area of study, according to the website. Each of the university's colleges is financially separate from the university and can hire its own staff if they meet the requirements of the university. The students receive teaching from both college and university departments, and, when it's all said and done, the university awards diplomas to students. Cambridge University is also the home of the prestigious Cambridge Press, a world-renowned publisher of educational resources and essays. Cambridge has exceptional programs in most fields of study.

University of Cambridge The Old Schools, Trinity Lane, Cambridge CB2 1TN UK +44 1223 332200

Imperial College of London

Imperial College is consistently ranked among the top schools in the world, and, according to the Good University Guide, is the third-best university in the UK. The institution is a science-based institution well known for its research and educational resources, especially in engineering, medicine and natural sciences. Imperial was founded in 1907, and its student-to-professor ratio is about 11:1. The university is known for its cultural and ethnic diversity, hosting students from 158 countries on its eight London campuses.

Imperial College of London South Kensington campus London SW7 2AZ +44 (0)207 594 8360

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