Most international universities in the world 2022

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Prospective students looking to study in the most international environments in the world should apply to universities in Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore or the UK.

Universities, by their nature, are global institutions. Typically, they are home to communities of students and scholars from all over the world, and they tackle some of the globe’s most pressing problems through research.

This table – compiled using the international student score, international staff score, international co-authorship score and international reputation metrics collected for the Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2022 – shows that the above four countries and regions are home to some of the most international universities in the world.

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. Read the full methodology at the bottom of the page.

Research suggests that diverse communities of students improve the teaching and learning experience, while opportunities for students to spend time abroad better prepare them to become global citizens.


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Top five most international universities in the world

1. University of Hong Kong

The University of Hong Kong is the most international university in the world, according to THE World University Rankings data.

Overall, this Hong Kong university has more than 18,000 students, of whom more than 43 per cent are international.

Teaching at the institution is in English and education has an international focus, with the aim of preparing students to become global citizens who can succeed anywhere in the world.

The university has created a vision plan to become “Asia’s Global University” that outlines all the measures the institution will taken to expand its global outreach and to recruit more staff and students from overseas. 

2. ETH Zurich

It is no surprise that Switzerland is home to some of the most international universities in the world, given its location in the heart of Europe, surrounded by France, Italy, Germany, Austria and Liechtenstein. 

ETH Zurich is located in Switzerland’s largest city, Zurich, which is known for being very safe (although expensive). The primary spoken language is Swiss German, but the university also offers courses in English.

The institution has more than 22,000 students from over 120 countries and is the top university in continental Europe. 

The university focuses on teaching and research in the 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.

=3. École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

A new entry this year, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), takes the joint third position. Also located in Switzerland, the university has more than 11,000 students and 62 per cent are international.

EPFL is highly regarded for its research and teaching in engineering. More recently, the university has branched out into the life sciences.

Students at the institution are given numerous opportunities to participate in exchange programmes with other universities in Switzerland and abroad. The university also offers an internship scheme for students enrolled at other internationally acclaimed universities to spend up to three months at one of its campus laboratories.


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=3. The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology is regarded as one of the fastest-growing universities in the world.

More than a third of the student body is considered international, with at least 60 nationalities represented. About 80 per cent of the faculty come from overseas.

More than 45 per cent of students undertake an overseas exchange, and all four academic schools have their own exchange programmes. Some 70 per cent of students participate in internships overseas.

5. University of Oxford

The University of Oxford is not only the top university in the world, it also happens to be one of the most international. 

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.

Almost half of the staff at the university are also international, and the institution has links with many other institutions worldwide.

Prospective international students can listen to the university’s International Students podcast, which talks you through academic and social aspects of being at Oxford.


Most international universities in the world 2022

Click each institution to view its full World University Rankings 2022 profile

Most International Rank 2022 Most International Rank 2021 World University Rank 2022 University Country/region
1 1 =30 University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
2 2 15 ETH Zurich Switzerland
=3 NR =40 École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne Switzerland
=3 NR 66 The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology Hong Kong
5 4 1 University of Oxford United Kingdom
=6 7 =5 University of Cambridge United Kingdom
=6 5 12 Imperial College London United Kingdom
8 6 21 National University of Singapore Singapore
9 3 49 Chinese University of Hong Kong Hong Kong
10 11 =137 University of Vienna Austria
11 13 =35 King’s College London United Kingdom
=12 9 46 Nanyang Technological University, Singapore Singapore
=12 8 =146 Trinity College Dublin Republic of Ireland
=12 10 =18 UCL United Kingdom
15 12 =75 Delft University of Technology Netherlands
16 =15 =54 Australian National University Australia
=17 14 =137 University of Auckland New Zealand
=17 =15 27 London School of Economics and Political Science United Kingdom
19 18 =30 University of Edinburgh United Kingdom
20 17 37 University of British Columbia Canada
21 19 =75 University of Zurich Switzerland
22 21 70 UNSW Sydney Australia
23 28 65 University of Amsterdam Netherlands
24 =23 33 University of Melbourne Australia
25 20 =78 University of Warwick United Kingdom
26 25 =162 Durham University United Kingdom
27 =23 50 University of Manchester United Kingdom
=28 22 44 McGill University Canada
=28 27 =54 The University of Queensland Australia
30 26 =5 Massachusetts Institute of Technology United States
=31 31 57 Monash University Australia
=31 30 =18 University of Toronto Canada
33 32 =58 University of Sydney Australia
34 29 =96 University of Copenhagen Denmark
=35 NR 39 Karolinska Institute Sweden
=35 NR 53 Wageningen University & Research Netherlands
37 NR =127 University of Leeds United Kingdom
38 34 =80 University of Groningen Netherlands
39 36 71 Leiden University Netherlands
40 35 201–250 Aalto University Finland
41 NR 92 University of Bristol United Kingdom
42 37 =2 California Institute of Technology United States
43 NR 91 Institut Polytechnique de Paris France
44 NR =190 King Abdulaziz University Saudi Arabia
45 38 =80 McMaster University Canada
46 NR =143 University of Exeter United Kingdom
47 NR =158 Université Catholique de Louvain Belgium
48 NR 110 University of Sheffield United Kingdom
49 40 116 Lund University Sweden
50 =41 =119 University of Oslo Norway
51 =43 =2 Harvard University United States
52 =41 4 Stanford University United States
53 45 104 Aarhus University Denmark
54 52 115 Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam Netherlands
=55 39 =183 University of Cape Town South Africa
=55 =47 28 Carnegie Mellon University United States
=55 =43 7 Princeton University United States
58 46 69 Utrecht University Netherlands
59 49 =42 KU Leuven Belgium
=60 57 8 University of California, Berkeley United States
=60 =47 11 Columbia University United States
62 56 83 Free University of Berlin Germany
63 51 131 Uppsala University Sweden
64 55 =40 Paris Sciences et Lettres – PSL Research University Paris France
=65 50 45 Georgia Institute of Technology United States
=65 54 301–350 University of Malaya Malaysia
=67 53 =176 Stockholm University Sweden
=67 =64 401–500 Technion Israel Institute of Technology Israel
69 61 38 Technical University of Munich Germany
70 59 22 Cornell University United States
71 58 =13 Johns Hopkins University United States
=72 60 10 The University of Chicago United States
=72 63 136 Rice University United States
74 =64 74 Humboldt University of Berlin Germany
75 69 68 University of California, Santa Barbara United States
76 =71 180 Karlsruhe Institute of Technology Germany
77 62 =105 Purdue University West Lafayette United States
78 66 9 Yale University United States
=79 =71 =42 Heidelberg University Germany
=79 68 26 New York University United States
81 67 98 University of California, Irvine United States
82 77 =96 Ghent University Belgium
83 74 67 University of California, Davis United States
84 70 =88 Sorbonne University France
85 82 34 University of California, San Diego United States
86 =75 32 LMU Munich Germany
87 78 =78 University of Tübingen Germany
88 81 =13 University of Pennsylvania United States
89 =75 20 University of California, Los Angeles United States
90 73 62 Boston University United States
91 93 301–350 Hebrew University of Jerusalem Israel
92 =86 112 University of Bonn Germany
93 =79 155 Université de Paris France
94 =88 201–250 University of Massachusetts United States
=95 NR 73 Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin Germany
=95 =79 501–600 Charles University in Prague Czech Republic
97 NR 351–400 Politecnico di Milano Italy
=98 84 23 Duke University United States
=98 NR =146 University of Mannheim Germany
=98 90 =108 RWTH Aachen University Germany
101 91 =193 University of Barcelona Spain
102 97 201–250 Tel Aviv University Israel
103 =86 =93 Michigan State University United States
104 NR =117 Université Paris-Saclay France
105 85 63 University of Southern California United States
106 83 =101 University of Helsinki Finland
107 92 =24 Northwestern University United States
108 =95 =158 Lomonosov Moscow State University Russian Federation
109 94 =132 Arizona State University (Tempe) United States
110 NR =108 University of Freiburg Germany
111 =88 64 Brown University United States
112 98 29 University of Washington United States
113 =107 251–300 Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University United States
114 =103 =193 Texas A&M University United States
115 99 85 Ohio State University (Main campus) United States
116 105 48 University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign United States
117 101 =24 University of Michigan-Ann Arbor United States
118 =109 =183 University of Notre Dame United States
=119 100 =122 Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU) South Korea
=119 106 51 Washington University in St Louis United States
121 =107 601–800 Tomsk State University Russian Federation
122 =118 401–500 National Research Nuclear University MEPhI Russian Federation
123 113 =16 Peking University China
=124 =103 =172 University of Bologna Italy
=124 102 82 Emory University United States
126 =109 801–1000 National Autonomous University of Mexico Mexico
=127 NR 130 Georgetown University United States
=127 117 =197 Sapienza University of Rome Italy
129 111 =190 Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey United States
130 112 167 Indiana University United States
131 =115 =158 University of Colorado Boulder United States
132 NR 201–250 University of Padua Italy
=133 120 =119 Penn State (Main campus) United States
=133 114 =75 Zhejiang University China
135 =95 301–350 North Carolina State University United States
136 121 201–250 Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (MIPT) Russian Federation
137 =118 =58 University of Wisconsin-Madison United States
138 122 301–350 Tongji University China
139 =115 =151 Yonsei University (Seoul campus) South Korea
140 124 301–350 East China Normal University China
141 NR 251–300 Boston College United States
142 129 501–600 Complutense University of Madrid Spain
143 =127 =93 University of Maryland, College Park United States
144 132 =35 The University of Tokyo Japan
145 145 =113 National Taiwan University (NTU) Taiwan
146 133 150 University of Arizona United States
147 125 =127 University of Virginia (Main campus) United States
148 130 351–400 University of Georgia United States
149 137 154 University of Florida United States
150 131 =105 Nanjing University China
151 126 201–250 Korea University South Korea
152 134 =16 Tsinghua University China
153 =127 140 University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh campus United States
=154 =140 201–250 Tohoku University Japan
=154 =146 301–350 Tokyo Institute of Technology Japan
156 139 801–1000 Waseda University Japan
157 142 =113 Vanderbilt University United States
158 136 =86 University of Minnesota United States
159 144 60 Fudan University China
160 138 47 University of Texas at Austin United States
161 135 84 Shanghai Jiao Tong University China
162 =151 =99 Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) South Korea
=163 150 501–600 University of Tsukuba Japan
=163 123 601–800 University of Warsaw Poland
165 NR 301–350 National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University Taiwan
166 =140 52 University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill United States
167 148 =99 Dartmouth College United States
168 =146 251–300 Beijing Normal University China
169 161 351–400 National Tsing Hua University Taiwan
170 149 =54 Seoul National University South Korea
171 143 61 Kyoto University Japan
172 153 301–350 HSE University Russian Federation
173 158 601–800 Saint Petersburg State University Russian Federation
174 =159 801–1000 Novosibirsk State University Russian Federation
175 =151 501–600 Hokkaido University Japan
176 155 501–600 Kyushu University Japan
177 154 301–350 Osaka University Japan
178 166 601–800 National Cheng Kung University (NCKU) Taiwan
179 156 201–250 University of São Paulo Brazil
180 162 351–400 Nagoya University Japan
181 157 401–500 Xi’an Jiaotong University China
182 164 157 Wuhan University China
183 170 601–800 Keio University Japan
184 167 401–500 Tianjin University China
185 169 401–500 University of Campinas Brazil
186 168 =185 Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH) South Korea
187 NR 401–500 Sichuan University China
188 =159 501–600 Harbin Institute of Technology China
189 165 251–300 Sun Yat-sen University China
190 171 =88 University of Science and Technology of China China
191 NR 181 Huazhong University of Science and Technology China
192 172 301–350 Indian Institute of Science India
193 NR 301–350 Central South University China

 

Methodology

The data in Times Higher Education’s ranking of The World’s Most International Universities 2022 are drawn largely from the “international outlook” pillar of the THE World University Rankings 2022. This takes into account a university’s proportions of international students, international staff and journal publications with at least one international co-author. Each of these elements is given equal weighting in calculating the score for this pillar.

The table adds a fourth component, which makes up 25 per cent of the total score: a university’s international reputation. This is a measure of the proportion of votes from outside the home country that the institution achieved in THE’s annual invitation-only Academic Reputation Survey, which asks leading scholars to name the world’s best universities for teaching and research in their field.

Only institutions that received at least 100 votes in the survey were eligible for inclusion. Universities must also receive at least 50 or at least 10 per cent of available domestic votes to be ranked. Once universities are included in the international list, they are only excluded if they do not meet the vote thresholds for two years in a row. 

Metrics and weightings:

• 25 per cent: proportion of international staff

• 25 per cent: proportion of international students

• 25 per cent: international co-authorship

• 25 per cent: international reputation

 

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Explore the most international universities in the world using data from the Times Higher Education World University Rankings

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