World's Top 100 Universities for 2021: Check Complete List

By Subhashri Roy Updated On - Feb 01, 2021 02:16 PM

Looking forward to studying abroad? Check out the top 100 universities located at the top destinations including the US, the UK, Canada, Germany, Switzerland, Australia, China, Hong Kong and more. 

Planning on pursuing higher education abroad and studying at one of the world’s 100 top universities? Millions of students from around the world move overseas each year to experience world-class education, broaden their horizons and develop a global perspective. 

Although the competition for admission to a foreign university is comparatively higher for international students, it is obvious that one would prefer studying at one of the top 100 universities in the world, if moving abroad at all. 

QS World University Rankings brings forth a list of the top-ranking world universities every year and the 2021 edition of it includes a total of 1,029 universities. Here is a list of the top 100 universities in the world along with the areas of study in which they offer undergraduate, postgraduate and/or diploma programmes. 

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Top 100 Universities in the World 2021

Listed below are the highest-ranked universities worldwide based on factors such as academic reputation, faculty/student ratio, citations per faculty, international student ratio, employer reputation and international faculty ratio. 

QS Ranking 2021

Name of the University

Disciplines Offered

Country

  1 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Creative Arts & Design

United States

  2 

Stanford University

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Creative Arts & Design

United States

  3 

Harvard University

  • Engineering

  • Social Sciences

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Business & Management

  • Computer Science & IT

  • Architecture

  • Education & Training

United States

  4 

California Institute of Technology (Caltech)

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Languages

  • Aviation

  • Business & Management

United States

  5 

University of Oxford

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

United Kingdom

  6 

ETH Zurich

 

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Architecture

Switzerland

 

  7 

University of Cambridge

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

United Kingdom

  8 

Imperial College London

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

United Kingdom

  9 

University of Chicago

  • Engineering

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Creative Arts & Design

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Journalism & Media 

United States

  10 

UCL (University College London)

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Computer Science & IT 

  • Health & Medicine

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

United Kingdom

  11 

National University of Singapore (NUS)

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Computer Science & IT 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

Singapore

  12 

Princeton University

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

United States

  13 

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

Singapore

  14 

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

  • Computer Science & IT 

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

Switzerland

  15 

Tsinghua University

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Business & Management

  • Computer Science & IT 

China

  16 

University of Pennsylvania

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Computer Science & IT 

  • Engineering

United States

  18 

Yale University

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Computer Science & IT 

United States

  17 

Cornell University

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

United States

  19 

Columbia University

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Computer Science & IT 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

United States

  20 

University of Edinburgh

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

United Kingdom

  21 

University of Michigan-Ann Arbor

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

United States

  22 

University of Hong Kong (UKU)

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

Hong Kong

  23 

Peking University

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

China

  24 

University of Tokyo

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Creative Arts & Design

Japan

  25=

Johns Hopkins University

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

United States

  25=

University of Toronto

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

Canada

  27=

Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST)

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

Hong Kong

  27=

University of Manchester

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

United Kingdom

  29 

Northwestern University

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

United States

  30 

University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

United States

  31=

Australian National University

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

Australia

  31=

King's College London

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

United Kingdom

  31=

McGill University

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

Canada

  34 

Fudan University

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Creative Arts & Design

China

  35 

New York University (NYU)

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Computer Science & IT

United States

  36 

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

United States

  37 

Seoul National University

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Creative Arts & Design

South Korea

  38 

Kyoto University

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

Japan

  39 

KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

South Korea

  40 

University of Sydney

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

Australia

  41 

University of Melbourne

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

Australia

  42 

Duke University

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

United States

  43 

Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK)

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Creative Arts & Design

Hong Kong

  44 

University of New South Wales

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

Australia

  45 

University of British Columbia

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

Canada

  46 

University of Queensland

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

Australia

  47 

Shanghai Jiao Tong University

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

China

  48 

City University of Hong Kong

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

Hong Kong

  49 

London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE)

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

United Kingdom

  50 

Technical University of Munich

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

Germany

  51 

Carnegie Mellon University

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

United States

  52 

Universite PSL

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Creative Arts & Design

France

  53 

Zhejiang University

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

China

  54 

University of California, San Diego (UCSD)

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

United States

  55 

Monash University

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

Australia

  56 

Tokyo Institute of Technology

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

Japan

  57 

Delft University of Technology

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Creative Arts & Design

Netherlands

  58 

University of Bristol

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

United Kingdom

  59 

Universiti Malaya (UM)

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

Malaysia

  60 

Brown University

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

United States

  61 

University of Amsterdam

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

Netherlands

  62 

University of Warwick

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

United Kingdom

  63 

Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

Germany

  64 

Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

Germany

  65 

University of Wisconsin-Madison

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

United States

  66=

National Taiwan University (NTU)

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Creative Arts & Design

Taiwan

  66=

Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA)

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

Argentina

  68 

Ecole Polytechnique

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

France

  69=

Korea University

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Creative Arts & Design

South Korea

  69=

University of Zurich

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

Switzerland

  71 

University of Texas at Austin

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

United States

  72=

Osaka University

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

Japan

  72=

University of Washington

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

United States

  74 

Lomonosov Moscow State University

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Health & Medicine

  • Architecture

Russia

  75 

Hong Kong Polytechnic University

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

Hong Kong

  76 

University of Copenhagen

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

Denmark

  77=

Pohang University of Science and Technology

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

South Korea

  77=

University of Glasgow

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

United Kingdom

  79 

Tohoku University

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

Japan

  80 

Georgia Institute of Technology

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

United States

  81 

University of Auckland

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

New Zealand

  82 

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

United States

  83 

Sorbonne University

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

France

  84 

KU Leuven

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

Belgium

  86 

Durham University

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

United Kingdom

  85 

Yonsei University

 

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

South Korea

  87 

University of Birmingham

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

United Kingdom

  88 

Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU)

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Creative Arts & Design

South Korea

  89 

Rice University

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Architecture

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

United States

  90 

University of Southampton

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

United Kingdom

  91 

University of Leeds

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

United Kingdom

  92 

University of Western Australia

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

Australia

  93=

University of Sheffield

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

United Kingdom

  93=

University of Science and Technology of China

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

China

  95 

University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

United States

  96 

University of St Andrews

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

United Kingdom

  97 

Lund University

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Aviation 

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Architecture

Sweden

  98 

KTH Royal Institute of Technology

  • Engineering

  • Architecture

  • Business & Management

  • Commerce

  • Aviation

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

Sweden

  99 

University of Nottingham

  • Engineering

  • Business & Management

  • Applied & Pure Sciences

  • Commerce

United Kingdom

  100 

Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (UNAM)

 

  • Business & Management

  • Engineering 

  • Humanities and Liberal Arts

  • Social Sciences

  • Commerce

  • Vocational

Mexico

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