13 Amazing Uni Locations around the World

Xiamen University ChinaWritten by Isabel Clift

Got your A Level results today? We hope you got in to the uni of your choice. And even if you didn’t, there are loads of cool opportunities out there.

Wherever you’re heading this September, think of the extra fun you could be having at these good lookin’ universities in amazing locations…

1. The University Centre in Svalbard, Norway

Svalbard University The most northernmost place to study in the world – you can take courses in Arctic biology, geology, geophysics and technology at university level. All while dodging the polar bears. Photo

2. University of Bologna, Italy

University of Bologna Founded in 1088, this might be the world’s oldest institute of higher education. Its ruby red stone, traditional arched doorways and calm courtyards make it look like a college from a fairytale. Photo

3. Xiamen University, China

Xiamen University Facing Xiamen Bay at the foot of green mountains in the Siming District, Xiamen University has a very pretty, modern campus (see the pic at the top for a front view.) It’s ranked 11th in China. Photo

4. Moscow State University, Russia

Moscow State University This skyscraper-sized neoclassic building is home to Russia’s most prestigious university. The uni was founded in 1755, making it one of the oldest places to study in the country, too. Photo

5. Stanford University, California


A private research university near Palo Alto in California’s Silicon Valley, Stanford’s got exceptionally good looks and big brains to boot: more than 50 of the university’s staff and alumni have won a Nobel prize. Photo

6. University of Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town university In the shadow of the slopes of Devil’s Peak, you get jaw-dropping views every time you step outside the University of Cape Town. Photo

7. University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Otago University New Zealand’s oldest university (opened 1871) is surrounded by rolling green hills and the campus is dotted with neo-gothic architecture. Photo

8. Oxford University, UK

Oxford university Spires and domes in mellow stone make Oxford one of the most beautiful places to study in the UK, as well as one of the most top-ranking. The circular Bodelean Library is seen as the architectural heart of the campus. Photo

9. Kenyon College, Ohio, USA

Kenyon College

A private liberal arts college in Gambier, Ohio, Kenyon’s Collegiate Gothic architecture and forest surroundings make it the archetype of the picturesque, rural US university. Photo

10. University of Coimbra, Portugal

Coimbra University

Founded in 1290 by King Denis, the University of Coimbra’s faculty buildings occupy this gorgeous town’s old Royal Palace. Photo

11. Trinity College, Dublin

Trinity College Dublin

Overlooking College Green opposite the former Irish Houses of Parliament, there couldn’t be a more awe-inspiring location for Dublin’s prestigious university, which is ranked no.1 in Ireland. Photo

12. Salamanca University, Spain

Salamanca University

Founded in 1218 and built in a traditional plateresque Spanish style, the intricate and ornate carved facades are suitably impressive for this 800+ year old institute of learning. Photo

13. University of Vermont, USA

University of Vermont

The university’s lush campus is located in Burlington, sandwiched between the Adirondack and Green Mountains. Skis, snowshoes, canoes and camping equipement can be rented on campus, so you can explore the stunning surroundings. Photo

Have you ever studied in or visited the USA? We’d love to hear more about your experiences, why not share your tips and photos with us and our readers?

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