Best Public Universities Worldwide in 2020

If you've decided to study abroad, but aren't yet sure which university fits you best, you might want to have a look at our list of the best public universities in the world. Why pick a public university over a private one? Well, the main reason is the fact that usually public universities are more affordable than private ones Admission requirements are also less strict, so you have better chances of being accepted into a public university.

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But which public universities are the best? Check out our lists from some of the most popular international student destinations in the world:

Best public universities in Germany

Germany is one of the most popular countries for international students who are searching for a STEM degree. Popular for their scientific and research-heavy degrees, Germany is the way to go, for good public research universities, like:  

Best public universities in the Netherlands

On the other side of the discipline spectre, in the Social Sciences and Humanities-prone degrees, the Netherlands hosts yearly thousand of international students, who pick some of their top-ranked public universities:

Best public universities in France

France: land of the baguettes, the striped shirts, and the honhonhon laughs. But, if you want bohemian degrees in Fashion and Fine Arts, be sure to check out these fancy public universities:

Best public universities in the UK

As the cradle of internationality and quality higher education, the UK has a rich history when it comes to top universities and amazing degrees. Some of them, which keep ranking in the top 10, at least, are even public, so don’t miss the opportunity to check out:

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Best public universities in the Nordic European countries

Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Norway: the European Nordic countries are a fun little family, where you would love studying, we’re sure! So, if you don’t mind the cold that much, or if you enjoy saunas, be sure to check out these cool public universities:

Best public universities in Australia

G’day, mate!

Australia has the same view on public universities as Europe: they are just as good as private ones. Or, like a true Aussie would react: who cares?

As long as the university is highly ranked and can offer what you are looking for in a degree, the public or private university argument shouldn’t count that much in your decision.

Still, some of the public universities in Australia you should check out are:

Best public universities in the U.S.

Ah, here the talks change a bit.

Although all Ivy League Schools (you know, the really fancy and important ones in the US) are private, there are a lot of public American universities that scoff in front of private funds and score really high in international ranking lists.

There are a lot of sensitive issues here (why universities would prefer to stay away from government funds, or from where the private funds are coming from), so, for the sake of keeping this article rant-free, let’s just see the top ranked-public American universities and leave it at that:

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Best public universities in Canada

Canada, besides being a great place to study, is also a great place to live in. From the sights, the awesome multicultural cities, and the general nice people, you cannot go wrong by picking one of these public universities:

Best public universities in Asia

The Asian-Pacific region has always made itself noticed with the quality of its education and the reduced number of private institutions here. As a general rule of thumb, the majority of universities in Asia are public, so it won’t come as a surprise that the first ranked in this region are also public, like:

So, now that you know where what the best public universities are and what awaits you all around the world, why not take a leap and go study at any of them?

As always, good luck, and never forget to have fun!

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