In today’s article we want to take a look at some oldest universities in the world that have been in existence for hundreds of years. Most of these universities were established before the 13th century. We shall also talk about their tuition fees, ranking and acceptance rate. So, we present to you the top 10 oldest universities in the world:
- University of Al Quaraouiyine, Morocco
- Al-Azhar University, Egypt
- University of Bologna, Italy
- University of Oxford, England
- University of Salamanca, Spain
- University of Paris, France
- University of Cambridge, England
- University of Padua, Italy
- University of Napples Federico II
- University of Toulouse, France
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As you can see, 2 of these universities are situated in Africa, 6 in Europe and 2 in the UK . So we are going to write a little review about these universities. Let’s start with University of Al Quaraouiyine, Morocco.
University of Al Quaraouiyine, Morocco
The University of Al Quaraouiyine is one of the oldest universities in the world and is located in Morocco. It was founded in 856 as a mosque and latter on became one of the highest spiritual and educational institute in historic Muslim world. After some years, it was incorporated into Morocco’s state university in the year 1963 that was when it was officially named, University of Al Quaraouiyine.
The tuition fees charged in this world’s oldest university is very affordable. For both undergraduate and masters programs, you should expect to pay $500 per year as tuition fees. This fees applies to both domestic and international students.
University of Al Quaraouiyine ranks 32nd in Morocco and 13,348 in the world.
Al-Azhar University, Egypt
Al-Azhar University is one of the oldest universities, not only in Egypt but the whole world. It was founded in 970 or 972 in Egypt. As at that time it was used as an institute to learn Islamic law, logic, grammar, rhetoric etc. The university now offers now offers many undergraduate and masters programs in various fields. There are about 81 faculties, 9 institutes, 359 study programs etc. The university focuses on areas such as, Management and Business, Science and Technology, Arts, Languages and Humanities, Medicine, Dentistry and Agriculture.
Al-Azhar University charges about $2500 per year as tuition fees for students. Cost of living is equally affordable in the university. As a student you need between $300 to $500 per month for expenses like feeding, accommodation, transportation, etc.
The university ranks #735 in the world and #5 in Egypt.
University of Bologna, Italy
The University of Bologna which was founded in 1088 is one of the oldest universities in the world. The university over the years has been student-centered at the same time attracting popular figures from the areas of arts and science. University of Bologna now is the leader in the European education area and also popular for it’s beauty in the city of Bologna. The university offers 221 study programs, 33 departments and about 87,000 students.
University of Bologna charges about $3000 tuition fees per year for international students. Cost of living too is affordable and is estimated at $300 to $600 per month.
University of Bologna is one of the top ranked universities in Italy. It is ranked #160 in the world and #19 by subject ranking.
University of Oxford, England
The University of Oxford which was founded in 1096, is one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world and is considered to be one of the world’s leading academic institutions. The University of Oxford is home to the popular Bodleian library, which is second largest library in Britain after the British Library. University of Oxford is popular for programs in the fields of Humanities, Law and MBA.
Tuition fees charged in University of Oxford is one of the highest in the world. The tuition fees for international students range from £23,105 to £30,540 per year. Cost of living ranges from £1000 to £1700 per month, which covers expenses like feeding, accommodation, transportation etc.
According to the Times University Guide, 2021 University of Oxford ranks #2 in the world. The QS World University ranking ranks University of Oxford at #5 in the world.
University of Salamanca, Spain
The University of Salamanca is one of the public universities in Spain. The university is located in the city of Salamanca which is west of Madrid, in the autonomous community of Castile and Leon. The university was founded in the year 1134.
The tuition fees charged by the University of Salamanca ranges from $1000 to $5000 per year depending on the study program. The cost of living to is affordable, estimated at $500 to $900 per month.
The QS world University ranking ranks University of Salamanca at #601 to #650 in the world.
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University of Paris, France
The University of Paris is France’s leading muti disciplinary university. The university which was founded in the year 1150 merged to form another University of Paris in 2019. The university is popular for its good academic pedigree in the fields of Humanities, theology, and philosophy .
University of Paris charges 2770 Euros for undergraduate programs, 3500 Euros for masters and 380 Euros per year for Doctorate programs.
University of Paris ranks #275 according to the QS World University ranking and #70 by subject ranking.
University of Cambridge is one of the oldest universities in the world. Its mission is to contribute to society through learning, education and research. It is situated in Cambridge, United Kingdom. The university which was founded in the year 1209 has 31 semi autonomous constituent colleges and over 150 academic departments.
University of Cambridge charges £9250 per year for citizens and £21, 732 for international students. Cost of living in the city of Cambridge is put at £1200 to £1500 per month.
University of Cambridge is ranked #7 in the world according to the 2021 QS Global World Ranking. Its also ranked #2 by subject.
University of Padua, Italy
The University of Podua is one of the oldest universities in Europe and the whole world. The university is a multi-disciplinary university which aims to equip students with both social cultural background and professional training. University of Padua came into existence in 1222, after some group of students and teachers came together from Bologna. They set up scholars, elected rector, choose teachers who were paid with the funds the students received.
The University of Padua’s tuition fees is affordable for students. It’s average tuition fees is 2600 Euros per year. Cost of living too, is affordable and estimated at 300 to 500 Euros per month.
According to the 2020 world Best universities rankings, Padua university is ranked #116 in the world and #48 in Europe.
University of Naples Federico II
This university is the oldest public university in the whole world. It was founded by a king who’s intention or plan that time was to set up a higher institution which will put an end to the predorminance of the universities of Northern Italy, particularly the ones in Bologna and Padua that were considered to be either too independent or under the influence of the pope.
The tuition fees charged by this university ranges from 500 to 1600 Euros per year. Please contact the university to get the most accurate and program specific tuition fees.
University of Naples Federico II is one of the top ranked universities in Italy. According to QS Global World University rankings 2021, the university is ranked #392 in the world.
University of Toulouse, France
The University of Toulouse is one of the best and oldest universities in France. It was established in 1229 which makes it one of the first universities to emerge in Europe. Since it’s creation there are a number of successor universities still holding the same name.
Tuition fees charged by University of Toulouse range from 1000 Euros to 1500 Euros per year for international students. Cost of living too is affordable and is estimated at 400 to 600 Euros per month.
University of Toulouse, according to the 2021 QS Global World ranking is #801 to $1000.
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