Top 10 Most Beautiful Colleges Around the World

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Do you drag yourself to school everyday? Get sick of having to be stucked in the library all day and night, praying that you have crammed enough information to survive your end of term examinations? I will bet you that if you study in castle-like buildings, having huge, long hallways, libraries that look like that came right out from the Victorian era, and never ending patches of woods and greens, you wouldn’t think of ending school so soon! Here are the top 10 beautiful universities around the world that will make you want to go back to college.. or maybe change to another one.


1) University of Sydney 

(Sydney, Australia)

University of Sydney as its name suggests, is situated in Sydney. This is Australia’s oldest university and it was founded in 1850. Its beautiful neo- Gothic sandstone Quadrangle and Great Tower buildings were designed by Edmund Blacket and completed in 1862.


2) Coimbra University

(Coimbra, Portugal)

This beautiful university is found in Coimbra, Portugal. It is established in 1290 in Lisbon and moved permanently to its current location in 1537. Besides being the oldest university in Portugal, it is also one of the oldest universities in continuous operation in the world!

The alluring Joanina Library, built in 1717 is the main tourist attraction of the university. Even though the library is a few centuries old, it is incredible to know that the bibliographic works here are preserved to its best condition. The meticulously built vault, stable environment and oak wood (which repels insects) allow the books here to survive through the centuries.


3) University of Bologna 

(Bologna, Italy)

Bologna, Italy is of course the home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna,which was founded in 1088. This university is filled with beautiful red bricks and stones linked by miles of porticos.


4) University of Oxford

(Oxford, England) 

If anyone like me is feeling devastated about not receiving an owl sent acceptance letter to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, there is another option (albeit not much easier) -studying at University of Oxford. This university is so majestic, it looks like it came right out from the books. As it is, most of the library scenes in the Harry Potter films took
place at the Duke Humphrey’s library. The design for the Great Hall in the films was also based on the dining hall in Christ Church at University of Oxford.

Although there is no known date of the foundation of the university, evidence of its teaching as far back as 1096 makes it the world’s second oldest university in operation. Also, University of Oxford is also one of the most followed universities on Instagram!


5) Kenyon College

(Ohio, United States)

Kenyon College is a private liberal arts college in Ohio, United States. This college is founded in 1824 by Philander Chase. As Ohio’s oldest private college, there is a preservation of many traditions such as taking a Matriculation Oath before entering class on the first day of school, and also being given a Matriculation book that dates back to at least a century.


6) University of Otago

(Dunedin, New Zealand)

As the oldest university in New Zealand, University of Otago does not lose out in term of its architectures. There are a number of distinctive buildings in this university, including this 19th century neo-Gothic clock tower that lies at the heart of the campus. If this isn’t romantic enough, you can always stroll along the picturesque river right beside it!


7) University of Glasgow

(Glasgow, Scotland)

I don’t know about you, but I would be the first to go to school everyday if I am studying at University of Glasgow. This university was founded in 1451 by Papal Bull along with University of Edinburgh (whose building is, to be honest, equally impressive!). Glasgow itself is a city with a rich heritage of Victorian architecture dated back to the 19th century. The main building of the university is designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott.


8) Princeton University

(New Jersey, United States) 

If you talk about Princeton University (beside it being insanely hard to get in of course), its hallmark, Ivy-grey stones will come to mind. It is one of the oldest university in America, with Nassau Hall being built in 1754. The grounds of Princeton University are filled with modern sculptures and works by Picasso and Henry Moore.


9) Trinity College

(Dublin, Ireland)

The Trinity College which name is also used synonymously with the University of Dublin since it is the only constituent college of the university, was founded in 1592 by the Charter of Queen Elizabeth I. It is Ireland’s oldest operating university and one of seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland.


10) Royal Roads University

(British Columbia, Canada)

Royal Roads University is completed in 1908 but only became a public university in 1955. With its numerous parks, waters and hiking trails, you will feel like you are taking a walk in a jungle. Oh, and if its main building, Hatley Castle looks familiar to you, it might be because you have caught a glimpse of it in movies such as X-Men, Smallville and Arrow!

The universities on this list are of course down to personal preferences. As you can probably already tell, I adore gothic revival style of architecture. Though to be fair, who doesn’t want to feel like they are living in a castle when they are going to school?

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