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Top 5 Universities and Colleges in the World with Great History

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John Milovich
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There are many top charts of universities: the oldest, the biggest, the most prestigious, etc. Today we want to present you the list of top 5 most famous colleges in the world. Their great history is a reason to consider each of them as your future alma mater.

Oxford University: Hogwarts is Closer than You Think


Oxford University is the oldest English-speaking University in the world. Students come to Oxford from over 140 countries. The largest groups of international students come from the USA, China, Germany, Italy, India, Canada, Russia, France, Australia, Singapore, and Ireland. Do you still think that the USA is the most multinational country?:)

Oxford University Press is the world’s largest university press. It has offices in 50 countries and publishes works in over 60 languages. If English is not your first language, you have probably studied it by the textbooks published here. Besides, you have likely consulted the world-famous Oxford English Dictionary to check your spelling.

Do you enjoy “Harry Potter” movies? Come to Oxford and feel the magic inside. Be sure that you have enough storage space on your phone. You will surely make lots of photos in places where “Harry Potter” was filmed.

The University of Cambridge: The Place of Bear-Pets


The University of Cambridge is quite similar to Oxford. Sometimes you may see people call them Oxbridge. And as its “brother”, Cambridge is photogenic too. A wide range of movies and television shows were filmed there. Do you recognize scenes from Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of Dawn Treader (2010) and The Theory of Everything (2014)?

Despite the fact that this university is very formal, it has a funny story to be told. When Lord Byron arrived in Cambridge to order to begin his studies, he was informed that he could not keep his beloved Newfoundland dog, Boatswain. Although there were rules about dogs and cats, there was nothing said about not keeping a bear as a pet. So that is exactly what he did. There was nothing formally to stop him, and he was extremely proud.

Imperial College London: The Place where “Queen” was Born


London is a unique institution in the UK, mostly concentrated on engineering, science, business, and medicine; but it also became a place, where one of the most famous rock bands was established.

Queen began its star life there. The future rock legends formed a band in May 1968. The band performed their first public gig together in the student’s union of Imperial London College in 1970.

Who knows, maybe your future successes will also start here.

Harvard University: The Cradle of Nobel Laureates and Presidents


Harvard is the oldest university in the United States, established in 1636.

It has 47 Nobel Laureates, 32 heads of state, and eight graduated Presidents, that’s why Harvard University is one of the most preferred and selects only 5% of its applicants. Maybe you will be one of this 5% and become the next President.

It is clear that bright minds need access to the educational materials. Therefore, the collection of the Harvard library consists of 18 million volumes, which makes it the largest one in the world!

The University of Toronto: the Center of Medical Discoveries


The University of Toronto in 1827 was King's College, the first university in Canada. It excels in nursing, geography, anatomy, physiology, and sports-related subjects.

Nowadays, diabetes is no more fearful, as in the past. The significant discovery of the century was made at The University of Toronto in 1921. Frederick Banting and Charles H. Best discovered insulin in the laboratory of the university. Firstly, they experimented over a dog, but the next year their breakthrough saved a boy who suffered from severe diabetes.

Many other prominent discoveries were made here. For example, pioneering studies in stem cell research were done in 1963. It made bone marrow transplantation possible. If medicine is your recognition, begin your career here!

We hope that you have learned a lot of new from our article. What university do you like most? What interesting facts do you know about the university you want to study in? Leave a comment and exchange your opinions on our Facebook page!