Study in Africa | Top Universities

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.

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Top universities in Africa

The two highest African entries in the QS World University Rankings® 2020 are both South African: the University of Cape Town (joint 198th in the world) and the University of the Witwatersrand (=400th).

Six more South African universities are featured, including Stellenbosch University (=427th) and the University of Johannesburg (501-510).

Egypt’s highest entry is the American University in Cairo, in joint 395th place. Other internationally ranked universities in Egypt include Cairo UniversityAin Shams University, Alexandria University and Assiut University.

Read our country guides (listed above) for more detailed information about studying in Africa.