The League of European Research Universities (LERU) is a group of 23 top European research universities with a shared commitment to world-class research and innovation. Founded in 2002, LERU member universities are home to about 550,000 enrolled students every year, and have access to a total research budget of more than 5 Billion US Dollars annually.
LERU member universities are home to exciting research opportunities and world-class facilities across faculties and subject areas. So what are the 23 LERU member universities, how do they rank worldwide, and does a LERU member university degree help international students with employment opportunities?
– KU Leuven
– University of Milan
– University of Copenhagen
– University of Amsterdam
– Leiden University
– Utrecht University
– University of Helsinki
– University of Barcelona
– Sorbonne University
– University of Paris-Saclay
– University of Strasbourg
– Lund University
– University of Freiburg
– Heidelberg University
– LMU Munich
– University of Geneva
– University of Zurich
– Trinity College Dublin
– Imperial College London
– University College London (UCL)
– University of Cambridge
– University of Edinburgh
– University of Oxford
Each member university of LERU is well-known for the quality and volume of its published research. The University of Oxford, for example, was the 9th most published university in the highly respected Nature and Science journals in 2018. Meanwhile, the Reuters press agency’s list of Europe’s Top 100 Most Innovative Universities features three LERU members in its top 3 spots, and as many as 9 LERU member universities in the top 20.
With almost 250 Nobel Prize winners among its past students, the LERU represents the best of European innovation – driven by world-class universities and encouraged by constant government funding. 7 of the 12 countries which are home to LERU member universities feature in the top 10 European countries for size of their education budgets per capita.
Additionally, each of the 23 LERU member universities are located in countries with largely immigrant-friendly environments, excellent support services for international students, and world-leading standards of urban infrastructure. In fact, 5 of the 12 countries with LERU member universities are ranked in the top 10 worldwide on “standards of living” and “quality of life” indexes. Moreover, LERU member universities in countries such as Germany offer degrees at extremely affordable tuition costs, providing incredible value for money for international students.
However, it must be noted that there are multiple European non-LERU member universities that are also highly respected for their world-class research. For example, the following top-ranked European universities are among the world’s top 200 (in THE or QS rankings) but are not LERU member universities:
LERU member universities offer world-class undergraduate and postgraduate degrees such as PhDs and Masters’ Degrees with award-winning faculty in every department. Specific LERU member universities also provide a packaged undergraduate-cum-postgraduate course, in which certain undergraduate courses are followed by postgraduate degrees in fields like MBAs (Business), LLBs (Law) and Healthcare.
Your grades, work experience and interview skills are ultimately the most important factors for your employment chances. But a LERU member university degree may give you an edge while competing for certain jobs which are research-focused and highly technical. Moreover, LERU universities offer various practical work-study schemes in partnership with world-class companies and research agencies; having this experience will be particularly helpful to international students in competitive fields like engineering and healthcare.
Regardless of whether you are admitted to a LERU University, there are always interesting career choices waiting for you out there!
|University||QS World University Ranking 2022 (Global)||Times Higher Education Ranking 2022 (Global)|
|University of Oxford||2||1|
|University of Cambridge||=3||=5|
|Imperial College London||7||12|
|University College London (UCL)||=8||=18|
|University of Edinburgh||16||=30|
|University of Amsterdam||55||65|
|University of Zurich||=70||=75|
|University of Copenhagen||=79||=96|
|Trinity College Dublin||101||=146|
|University of Helsinki||104||=101|
|University of Geneva||=105||=197|
|University of Barcelona||=168||=193|
|University of Freiburg||172||=108|
|University of Milan||316||301-350|
|University of Strasbourg||=421||501-600|
LERU member universities have the most selective admissions criteria of all European research universities. These universities prioritise a student’s potential for high-quality research, as well as your academic track record.
Although admissions criteria for each LERU member university are slightly different, strengthening the following three parts of your application will give you the best possible chance of admission as an international student –
When selecting the ideal LERU member university for you, you must consider factors such as class size, specific courses and the campus environment. Try to visit open days on campus if possible; you can even sign up for virtual meetings with LERU university officials. You should also make sure to read student reviews of each university and carefully read university brochures before you take the final step.
For more information about what it would be like to study at a LERU university in Europe, take a look at our Study in Europe directory.Study in Europe
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