The “Most Beautiful Universities in the World” is a book that features more than 30 universities across the world that have magnificent architecture and graceful design. The book is full of stunning photographs of these universities, captured by Guillaume de Laubier who is a photographer specializing in interior design, architecture, and lifestyle.
We looked up a few of the featured universities and were blown away by the sheer beauty of their buildings and campuses! Here are 20 of them. Studying in a beautiful university is a very valid reason to study abroad! Just saying.
Established in 1386, the University of Heidelberg is the oldest university in Germany and is a public research university. It must be mentioned here that there are 56 Nobel laureates that share a connection with this university or the city of Heidelberg.
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The 3rd oldest university in Germany, this is a multidisciplinary university offering an excellent research climate in all fields, from humanities to natural sciences and engineering or life sciences.
Established in 1821, this university has 24% of its students coming from 150+ countries, making it one of the most diverse universities of Canada. McGill is Canada’s best medical-doctoral university and is ranked 24th in the world (QS World University Rankings 2015.)
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This is a college of general and vocational education (CEGEP) in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, Quebec and is considered one of the most beautiful technical education schools in Quebec.
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Set up in 1911, this public research university is among the best in China and is known in China and abroad for its beautiful campus. It was also selected as one of the most beautiful college campuses in the world by a panel of architects and campus designers in Forbes in 2010.
Denmark’s largest and second oldest (since 1928) university, the University of Aarhus’s main building is considered as one of the twelve most significant architectural works in the cultural history of Denmark.
This is one of the top ranked universities of Spain and and is particularly noted for its language, laws and economics courses.
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The University of California (UC) in Berkeley, California always features among the top 5 in the USA as well as the world. Its faculty, alumni and researchers have won 72 Nobel prizes, 11 Pulitzer prizes and many other prestigious awards.
The oldest institute in the USA and one of the most prestigious in the world, Harvard University’s alumni include 8 US Presidents, 150 Nobel laureates and many other notable personalities.
Another top-ranking university from the USA, the Stanford University has a huge (8180 acres) and beautiful campus.
This private, residential, research university, better known as MIT has a unique sense of architecture, as can be seen from many of its buildings.
The university’s campus has buildings that are renowned for their architecture and was voted by the Travel+Leisure magazine as one of the most beautiful in 2011. The photograph here is of a study pod located in Princeton University’s Carl Icahn lab that is nicknamed “the Whale.” Innovative architecture, indeed!
Founded in 1819 by U.S. President Thomas Jefferson, the University of Virginia’s (UVA) main building, the “Rotunda” (in pic below) is the most recognizable symbol of the university and is inspired by the Pantheon in Rome. In fact it is the first collegiate “World Heritage Site” in the world.
Also known as “The Academy” or “The Point”, this American military academy is a national landmark with many historic buildings, making it a popular tourist destination. Alumni from the academy include two Presidents of the USA!
Listed as one of the most beautiful college campus by the Travel+Leisure magazine in 2011, the Yale University is home to many iconic buildings like the Ingalls Rink by Eero Saarinen, the Art and Architecture Building by Paul Rudolph, and Louis Kahn’s Art Gallery and British Art Center.
This French public research university, established in 1289, is one of the oldest in the world, yet age does not diminish the beauty of its building and campus!
Known is French as the Ecole Polytechnique, this engineering school is also popularly known as just “X”.
This French public university has 12 campuses across the city of Paris.
Ireland’s leading university is as beautiful as its country!
Established in 1088, the university is considered to be the oldest in the world.