While four of the world's top five engineering universities are in the U.S., Europe nevertheless has some very prestigious and well-renowned engineering universities. Engineering schools are usually situated within the broader body of a university and teach subjects such as electrical engineering, aeronautics, chemical engineering and bioengineering.
University of Cambridge
Cambridge, one of Europe's most famous schools, celebrates its 800th year in existence in 2010. Cambridge has a special focus on the physical sciences, not surprising considering its storied alumni include Sir Isaac Newton, Francis Bacon and Charles Darwin. The Department of Engineering was founded in 1875 and includes course in structural, mechanical, electrical and chemical engineering.
Imperial College London
The Imperial College London was founded in 1907 and is ranked second in European engineering universities. The Imperial College London has Europe’s largest engineering faculty with more than 1,200 staff members and around 5,000 students. The Imperial College London offers courses in aeronautics, mechanical, chemical, civil, electrical and biomedical engineering as well as bioengineering and earth science and computer engineering.
Eth Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology)
Eth Zurich was founded in 1855 and is Switzerland's premier university, ranking third in Europe for Engineering. Eth Zurich offers a diverse range of studies in engineering, with nano systems, robotics nuclear engineering and bioinformatics among the most popular courses. Standard engineering courses in chemical, electrical, mechanical and civil engineering are also offered.
University of Oxford
Oxford is Europe’s second most prestigious university and ranks fourth in engineering. With more than 1,000 years of teaching history, Oxford has a long list of illustrious alumni, including scientists Robert Hooke, Stephen Hawking and Anthony James Leggett. Oxford takes a different approach to engineering by offering an undergraduate degree that covers most facets of the discipline, creating versatile and well-versed graduates.
Delft University of Technology (TU Delft)
TU Delft, the largest technical university in the Netherlands, was founded in 1842 and ranks fifth in Europe for its engineering courses. TU Delft offers courses in aerospace engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and industrial design.