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So you want to be an architect? You’ve set your mind’s eye on this and this alone and you won’t stop until you’ve got there. Well, this article is here to help guide you down the best path that’s right for you. Here we’ve listed the best universities to study architecture around the world. From this information, we hope you can take away what you need to further research the best course of action to take for yourself for the success of your future career.

Top Universities To Study Architecture:

No matter who you are, or where you’re from, you likely want to succeed and make a name for yourself in life. By attending one of the greatest universities for architecture, you will be on the right path to achieve just that and reach the very top of your game. To help you reach this goal, here is a list of the top-rated Universities to study Architecture around the world:

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, USA

MIT is a science and engineering-based university, ranked as the top university in the world. With a low acceptance rate of 7%, its thoroughness means it has an incredibly high pass rate of 94%. Not everyone can earn an offer from MIT so make sure, if MIT is the university for you, you can prove your work ethic and determination through your portfolio and previous work. The average cost of attending MIT is $53,450 so check to see if you are eligible for loans, financial aid or scholarships before applying.

  • ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), Switzerland

ETH is another well-ranked university, focusing mostly on science, mathematics, engineering and technology. With a 27% acceptance rate and a pass rate of 94%, ETH is another university you will have to prove yourself to if you want to be considered for an offer in their architecture program. ETH Zurich has a tuition fee of 1,229CHF, making it one of the cheaper tuition fees for universities.

  • National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

NUS is considered to be one of the most prestigious academic universities in the world, with an acceptance rate of 16%. They focus their courses on research in sciences, medicine, law, architecture, arts, engineering, business and computing. To study here, be aware of their large tuition fee of 38,200SGD as you might need to explore ways of funding such as scholarships, loans or alternative financial aid.

  • Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Tsinghua is considered a highly prestigious university and is ranked number one in Asia. Its main subject focuses are science, engineering, arts and literature, law and medicine. Due to its high ranking in Asia, it is one of the most desired universities to be accepted into, with its acceptance rate as low as 2%. Tuition fees for Tsinghua universities are 29,000CNY which for universities, is the average cost in most countries.

  • University of Cambridge, UK

The University of Cambridge is one of the oldest surviving universities as well as one of the top universities in England, with an acceptance rate of 21%. If you’re looking to study in England, be aware of their high tuition fees of £9,250. To help cover the cost, look into scholarships and other forms of funding. You can check out our article on student loans, tuition fees and scholarships for international students studying in England if you need some guidance.

  • Harvard University, Cambridge, USA

 Harvard University is an Ivy League research university, meaning it has high academic success as well as high social standing. Due to its reputation, it has one of the lowest acceptance rates of 5% resulting in some of the highest pass rates at 96%. Only the best of the best get offers from universities as elite as Harvard so make sure you pull out all the stops to impress and earn your place in their praised architecture program. Similar to MIT, Harvard has a high tuition cost of $54,002, so again, check out potential funding such as scholarships, student loans or other forms of financial aid.

  • Delft University of Technology (TU Delft), Netherlands

TU Delft is the largest Dutch technological university, ranked as one of the best engineering and technology universities in the world. Despite it being one of the top universities, unlike its fellow competitors, it has a very large acceptance rate of 70%. So if you want excellent education with an almost guaranteed acceptance, I suggest looking at studying at Delft University of Technology. The downside to TU Delft is their international student tuition fees. As a resident, you will be paying on average 2,000EUR, however, as an international student, you can reach fees of 10,384EUR! So try and find other forms of funding or financial aid to help reduce your cost of education.

  • The University of Hong Kong, China

The University of Hong Kong is ranked as the most international university in the world as well as one of the most prestigious universities in Asia with a slightly higher acceptance rate than its competitor, Tsinghua University, at 10%. Despite having a rather low acceptance rate, their pass rate is far lower than most other, top, prestigious universities, standing at only 60.19%. Not only this but International tuition fees rack up to the high cost of 164,000 HKD, which is on average £15,000, much higher than most other universities. Although, don’t let their pass rate and high fee cost deter you. If you are a driven, determined and hard-working student, you will easily find yourself amongst the passing students as well as potentially earning yourself a scholarship to help bring those costs down.

  • Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy

Politecnico di Milano University is one of the largest universities in Italy and focuses mostly on engineering, architecture and design. Despite it being one of the best, it has a 62% acceptance rate, meaning if you’re looking for a university that you won’t have to stress and worry about getting accepted into, this may be your one. The tuition fees for the Politecnico di Milano university is 3,500EUR, a reasonable price for education although it’s better to always check if you’re eligible for funding or scholarships as it’s always nicer to get something for less and education is no exception.

  • The Bartlett School of Architecture (UCL), London, UK

The Bartlett is considered one of the top universities in the EU as well as the UK and it was the first UK university dedicated primarily to the study of architecture. UCL has an acceptance rate of 63%, making it one of the easier universities to be accepted into with the yearly cost of tuition fees being the large amount of £9,250, like all other UK universities. Thankfully, endless scholarships are offered to help aid students financially, so don’t forget to apply for all you may be eligible for.

  • Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Switzerland

EPFL is a public research university that specialises in natural sciences and engineering. It’s another top university and another university that has a great department for the study of architecture. EPFL has a low acceptance rate of 20% and the lowest pass rate of any of the above listed at 44%. Although, similarly to any university, if you’re determined and do the work, you will highly likely fall into the passing category. The cost of tuition fees is 1,266CHF which in comparison to most universities, is very low, equalling around £1,000.

Now that you have more information on the most suitable universities to study architecture, we hope you can be confident in your next step in your progression to success.

If you are considering studying abroad why don’t you discuss your prospects and opportunities with experts at Lurnable’s dedicated study abroad counselling division LurnPathways?

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