The most internationally-diverse universities in the world – Times Higher Education
Are you looking for safe spaces and diverse environments for your study abroad? Scholarships for Africans lists the top 5 most internationally-diverse universities in the world, as per data from Times Higher Education.

The most internationally-diverse universities in the world, according to Times Higher Education, hail from four countries, namely: Hong Kong, Switzerland, Singapore, and the United Kingdom.

Studies have shown that having diverse educational environments promote creativity, concentration, and collaboration. Overall, students work better in these setups since intercultural backgrounds offer a broader worldview that can be used to create solutions.

All in all, the most internationally-diverse universities in the world prepare their students to become global citizens through a well-rounded teaching and learning experience.

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Most international universities according to Times Higher Education

This list shall feature top universities who have scored high on the aggregates of international student score, international staff score, international co-authorship score, and international reputation metrics collected for the Times Higher EducationWorld University Rankings.

These institutions all have a high proportion of international students and staff, collaborate on research with scholars from across the world, and have a strong global reputation to match.

If you’re interested to pursue an education abroad without having to worry about racial prejudice, inequality, and the lack of international opportunity, then you might want to consider the following universities:

5. Imperial College London

Imperial College London focuses on teaching and learning about science, engineering, medicine, and business. The institution boasts 14 Nobel Prize winners, including Sir Alexander Fleming, the discoverer of penicillin.

More than 60% of its students are international, with undergraduates coming from over 125 countries. Clubs and support services with an international focus at Imperial College include International Medical Careers and the Indian National Student Association.

Photo credits: The Guardian

4. University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is not only the top university in the world for the sixth year in a row, but it also happens to be one of the most internationally-diverse.

Over a third of students at the University of Oxford are international students coming from 160 countries and territories. In fact, international students have been attending the University of Oxford for hundreds of years, with the first international student arriving way back in 1190.

Forty percent of the staff at the university are also international and the institution has links with many other institutions worldwide.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poet laureates, and over 30 modern world leaders (Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Gandhi, and 26 UK Prime Ministers, among them).

The university is also associated with 11 winners of the Nobel Prize in chemistry, five in physics, and 16 in medicine. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking, and Richard Dawkins. The actors Hugh Grant and Rosamund Pike also went to Oxford, as did the writers Oscar Wilde, Graham Greene, Vikram Seth, and Philip Pullman.

3. Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Chinese University of Hong Kong is a comprehensive research university with a global vision and a mission to combine tradition with modernity, and to bring together China and the West.

Furthermore, the institution has exchange partnerships with more than 282 institutions in 36 countries and regions. Some 6,000 students study abroad or take part in a learning abroad program or internship.

Photo credits: ETH Zurich

2. ETH Zurich

ETH Zurich has more than 22,000 students from over 120 countries and is the top university in continental Europe. In addition, it is now considered among some of the world’s most prestigious universities in science and technology.

The university focuses on teaching and research in STEM subjects, and 21 Nobel prizes have been awarded to students and teachers connected to the institution. One of the most famous alumni is Albert Einstein.

1. University of Hong Kong

On a mission to become “Asia’s global university”, the University of Hong Kong aims to give all its undergraduates two opportunities to study outside Hong Kong during their degree by 2022.

Overall, this institution has more than 30,000 students, of which more than 35% are international. The primary language used in this institution is English and the overall education has an international focus, with the aim of preparing students to become global citizens who could be successful anywhere in the world.

Listed below are the top 20 most internationally-diverse universities in the world:

International Rank 2021World University Rank 2021University Country/region
139University of Hong KongHong Kong
214ETH ZurichSwitzerland
356Chinese University of Hong KongHong Kong
41University of OxfordUnited Kingdom
511Imperial College LondonUnited Kingdom
625National University of SingaporeSingapore
76University of CambridgeUnited Kingdom
8155Trinity College
Dublin
Republic of Ireland
947Nanyang Technological University, SingaporeSingapore
1016UCLUnited Kingdom
11164University of ViennaAustria
1278Delft University of TechnologyNetherlands
1335King’s College LondonUnited Kingdom
14147University of AucklandNew Zealand
1559Australian National UniversityAustralia
1527London School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom
1734University of British ColumbiaCanada
1830University of EdinburghUnited Kingdom
1973University of ZurichSwitzerland
2077University of WarwickUnited Kingdom


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