Best Universities in Europe 2017

6. London School of Economics and Political Science, United Kingdom

Of all UK universities, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) has the highest proportion of international students, at 70 per cent.

The university has particular strengths in law, economics, history, philosophy and politics. Prominent cultural, political and academic figures, including Nelson Mandela and George Soros, have given public lectures at the LSE as part of the university’s prestigious lecture series.

It has associations with 16 Nobel Prize winners, and 37 world leaders are among its alumni. The philosopher Bertrand Russell studied there, as did Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger.