If you decide to study in Africa, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to explore different cultures, landscapes, sights and general adventures in this huge and diverse continent.\r\n\r\nA total of 41 African universities are featured in the QS World University Rankings® 2024, with the majority located in either Egypt (15) or South Africa (11).\r\n\r\nRead on for an overview of the top universities in Africa this year, including information on each university’s location and other details.\r\n\r\n\r\n\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tQS World University Rankings 2024\r\n\r\n\t\t\tTop universities in Africa\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAfrica rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tGlobal rank\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversity\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tLocation\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t1\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t =173\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Cape Town\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tSouth Africa\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t2\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=264\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of The Witwatersrand\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tSouth Africa\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t3\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t283\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tStellenbosch University\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tSouth Africa\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t4\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t 306\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Johannesburg\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tSouth Africa\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t5\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=323\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Pretoria\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tSouth Africa\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t6\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=371\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tCairo University\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tEgypt\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t7\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t=415\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tThe American University in Cairo\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tEgypt\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t8\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t621-630\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tUniversity of Kwazulu-Natal\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tSouth Africa\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t9\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t721-730\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tAin Shams University\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tEgypt\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t10\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t801-850\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tNorth-West University\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\tSouth Africa\r\n\t\t\t\r\n\t\t\r\n\t\r\n\r\n\r\n10. North-West University\r\n\r\nLocated in the South African city Potchefstroom (referred to as Potch by locals), North-West University is home to over 35,000 students most of whom are studying at undergraduate level. In addition to being ranked among the top 10 universities in Africa, North-West University is also ranked within the QS World University Rankings by Subject for two subjects: medicine, and agriculture \u0026 forestry.\r\n\r\n9. Ain Shams University\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe Egyptian Ain Shams University is based in Cairo and was established in 1950. It is a very large institution, hosting approximately 180,000 students across 15 faculties.\r\n\r\n8. University of Kwazulu-Natal\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nThe South African University of Kwazulu-Natal is a young university, formed only as recently as 2004 by a merger of previous institutions. Today it has five campuses around the KwaZulu-Natal province in the south-east of the country.\r\n\r\n7. The American University in Cairo\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nNext in our look at the best universities in Africa is the American University in Cairo which this year is ranked joint 415th in the world. The university teaches in English and possesses Egypt’s largest English-language library collection.\r\n\r\n6. Cairo University\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nEgypt’s Cairo University is ranked within the top 400 of the overall world rankings this year. Despite the name, its main campus is actually in Giza, 20km southwest across the Nile from Cairo.\r\n\r\n5. University of Pretoria\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRanked joint 323rd in the world this year, South Africa’s University of Pretoria is one of the largest universities in the country, with over 52,000 students at seven campuses. \r\n\r\n4. University of Johannesburg\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRanked 306th this year, the University of Johannesburg is one of the youngest universities in South Africa to feature in the QS World University Rankings, having been formed from a merger of earlier institutions as recently as 2005.\r\n\r\n3. Stellenbosch University\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nStellenbosch University is placed 283rd in the world this year. Founded in 1918, the university is located in the town of Stellenbosch, 50 kilometers east of Cape Town.\r\n\r\n2. University of the Witwatersrand\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRanked joint 264th this year, the University of the Witwatersrand (often called Wits for short) is another South African institution, with five campuses in urban and suburban Johannesburg, the country’s largest city. The university has around 39,950 students and, according to the university’s website, 97 percent of its students find employment within six months of completing their studies.\r\n\r\n1. University of Cape Town\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nLeading the way for the top universities in Africa is South Africa’s oldest university, the University of Cape Town, ranked joint 173rd in the QS World University Rankings 2024. The campus sits upon the slopes of Table Mountain’s Devil’s Peak, offering fantastic views.