Choose to study in Africa, and you’re likely to end up learning a lot more than just the topics on your course curriculum. Your experience will vary entirely, depending on which part of this huge continent you settle in, but regardless of your location, you’re likely to encounter opportunities to explore a mixture of different cultures, political perspectives, languages, natural landscapes and urban spaces.
Most of the region’s highest-ranked universities are found either in the north, in Egypt, or at the far south, in South Africa – but a growing number of other African nations are also attaining greater visibility in the higher education world.
Top universities in Africa
The two highest African entries in the QS World University Rankings for 2014/15 are both South African: the University of Cape Town (141st in the world) and the University of The Witwatersrand (318th). Five more South African universities are featured: Stellenbosch University, the University of Pretoria, the University of Kwazulu-Natal, Rhodes University and the University of Johannesburg.
Egypt’s highest entry is the American University in Cairo, in 360th place. Other internationally ranked universities in Egypt include Cairo University, Al Azhar University, Ain Shams University and Alexandria University.
Apart from South Africa and Egypt, other African countries which feature in the QS World University Rankings are Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana and Kenya.
Read our country guides for more detailed information about studying in Africa.