Best Universities for Liberal Arts & Social Sciences in Europe

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EduRank

Below is a list of best universities in Europe ranked based on their research performance in Liberal Arts & Social Sciences. A graph of 555M citations received by 24.7M academic papers made by 1,488 universities in Europe was used to calculate publications' ratings, which then were adjusted for release dates and added to final scores.

We don't distinguish between undergraduate and graduate programs nor do we adjust for current majors offered. You can find information about granted degrees on a university page but always double-check with the university website.

1. University of Oxford

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#6 in the World
Acceptance Rate
18%
Founded
1096

2. University of Cambridge

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#9 in the World
Acceptance Rate
21%
Founded
1209

3. University College London

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#22 in the World
Enrollment
42,000
Founded
1826

5. University of Edinburgh

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#36 in the World
Acceptance Rate
51%
Founded
1583

6. University of Liege

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in Belgium
#48 in the World
Enrollment
25,421
Founded
1817

7. King's College London

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#51 in the World
Acceptance Rate
13%
Founded
1829

8. University of Amsterdam

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#53 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Enrollment
31,123
Founded
1632

9. Imperial College London

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#56 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
17,565
Founded
1907

10. University of Bristol

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#58 in the World
Acceptance Rate
68%
Enrollment
27,513
Founded
1909

11. Catholic University of Leuven

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#2 in Belgium
#61 in the World
Enrollment
62,693
Founded
1425

12. University of Copenhagen

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in Denmark
#62 in the World
Acceptance Rate
37%
Founded
1479

13. University of Sheffield

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#65 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Founded
1905

16. University of Nottingham

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#71 in the World
Acceptance Rate
11%
Founded
1948

18. Utrecht University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#78 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Founded
1636

20. University of Barcelona

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in Spain
#87 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
64,236
Male:Female
86:14

21. University of Helsinki

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in Finland
#89 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Enrollment
31,312
Founded
1640

22. Autonomous University of Barcelona

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#2 in Spain
#90 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
30,926

23. University of Warwick

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#93 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Enrollment
27,278
Founded
1965

24. Complutense University of Madrid

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#3 in Spain
#94 in the World
Acceptance Rate
77%
Enrollment
71,806
Founded
1508

25. Lund University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in Sweden
#97 in the World
Acceptance Rate
34%
Enrollment
40,000
Founded
1666

26. University of Southampton

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#101 in the World
Acceptance Rate
84%
Enrollment
21,335
Founded
1952

27. University of Zurich

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#104 in the World
Acceptance Rate
19%
Enrollment
25,732

28. Aarhus University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#2 in Denmark
#105 in the World
Acceptance Rate
42%
Enrollment
33,020
Founded
1928

29. University of Oslo

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in Norway
#106 in the World
Enrollment
26,650
Founded
1811

30. Karolinska Institute

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#2 in Sweden
#109 in the World
Enrollment
8,070
Founded
1861

31. Uppsala University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#3 in Sweden
#112 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Enrollment
35,556
Founded
1477

32. University of Groningen

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#113 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Enrollment
34,000
Founded
1614

33. University of Granada

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#4 in Spain
#115 in the World
Founded
1531

34. University of London

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#119 in the World
Enrollment
50,000
Founded
1836

35. Ghent University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#3 in Belgium
#121 in the World
Enrollment
41,669
Founded
1817

36. University of Liverpool

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#122 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Enrollment
28,693
Founded
1881

37. Erasmus University Rotterdam

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#123 in the World
Acceptance Rate
53%
Founded
1913

38. Sapienza University of Rome

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in Italy
#129 in the World
Enrollment
100,155
Founded
1303

39. Newcastle University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#131 in the World
Acceptance Rate
87%
Founded
1963

40. University of Sussex

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#132 in the World
Enrollment
17,319
Male:Female
44:56
Founded
1961

41. University of York

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#134 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Founded
1963

42. Leiden University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#136 in the World
Acceptance Rate
63%
Enrollment
27,713
Founded
1575

43. Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#138 in the World
Acceptance Rate
27%
Enrollment
23,420

44. Stockholm University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#4 in Sweden
#139 in the World
Acceptance Rate
24%
Enrollment
37,484
Founded
1878

45. University of Bologna

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#2 in Italy
#141 in the World
Acceptance Rate
73%
Enrollment
79,999
Founded
1088

46. Cardiff University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#143 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Founded
1997

47. University of Vienna

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in Austria
#149 in the World
Enrollment
93,628
Founded
1365

48. Technical University of Munich

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in Germany
#155 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Enrollment
44,000
Male:Female
63:37
Founded
1868

49. University of Valencia

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#5 in Spain
#156 in the World
Acceptance Rate
51%
Enrollment
58,390

50. Lancaster University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#157 in the World
Acceptance Rate
19%
Founded
1964

51. Durham University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#161 in the World
Acceptance Rate
41%
Enrollment
19,520
Founded
1832

52. University of Milan

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#3 in Italy
#162 in the World
Acceptance Rate
21%
Enrollment
65,234
Founded
1924

53. University of Exeter

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#163 in the World
Acceptance Rate
73%
Founded
1955

54. Radboud University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#165 in the World
Founded
1923

55. University of Gothenburg

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#5 in Sweden
#167 in the World
Enrollment
36,003
Founded
1891

56. Delft University of Technology

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#168 in the World
Acceptance Rate
82%
Enrollment
24,703
Founded
1842

57. Free University Amsterdam

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#170 in the World
Acceptance Rate
45%
Founded
1880

58. Free University of Berlin

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#2 in Germany
#171 in the World
Acceptance Rate
15%
Enrollment
37,608
Founded
1948

59. University of Bern

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#173 in the World
Enrollment
18,576

60. University of Munich

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#3 in Germany
#176 in the World
Acceptance Rate
55%
Enrollment
50,918
Founded
1472

61. University of Padua

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#4 in Italy
#182 in the World
Acceptance Rate
40%
Enrollment
62,876
Founded
1222

62. University of Leicester

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#185 in the World
Acceptance Rate
72%
Enrollment
24,409
Male:Female
46:54
Founded
1957

63. Queen Mary University of London

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#187 in the World
Acceptance Rate
44%
Founded
1989

65. University of Seville

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#6 in Spain
#191 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Founded
1505

66. Autonomous University of Madrid

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#7 in Spain
#192 in the World
Acceptance Rate
75%
Founded
1968

68. University of Reading

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#200 in the World
Acceptance Rate
86%
Founded
1892

69. University of East Anglia

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#205 in the World
Acceptance Rate
22%
Founded
1963

70. University of Bonn

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#4 in Germany
#206 in the World
Acceptance Rate
36%
Enrollment
38,043
Founded
1818

71. University of Freiburg

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#5 in Germany
#207 in the World
Acceptance Rate
33%
Enrollment
24,391
Founded
1457

72. Wageningen University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#211 in the World
Enrollment
12,819
Founded
1918

73. University of Lisbon

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in Portugal
#214 in the World
Enrollment
49,769
Founded
1911

74. University of Geneva

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#217 in the World
Acceptance Rate
21%
Enrollment
17,744

75. University of Munster

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#6 in Germany
#220 in the World
Acceptance Rate
14%
Enrollment
44,692
Founded
1780

76. University of Cologne

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#7 in Germany
#221 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Enrollment
49,382
Male:Female
39:61
Founded
1388

77. Humboldt University of Berlin

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#8 in Germany
#222 in the World
Acceptance Rate
18%
Enrollment
36,378
Founded
1809

78. University of Gottingen

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#9 in Germany
#223 in the World
Enrollment
31,619
Founded
1734

79. Maastricht University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#224 in the World
Enrollment
18,000
Founded
1976

80. University of Bergen

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#2 in Norway
#226 in the World
Acceptance Rate
29%
Enrollment
16,900
Founded
1946

81. University of Tubingen

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#10 in Germany
#228 in the World
Acceptance Rate
8%
Enrollment
28,515
Male:Female
41:59
Founded
1477

82. Heidelberg University - Germany

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#11 in Germany
#234 in the World
Acceptance Rate
17%
Enrollment
28,413
Male:Female
45:55
Founded
1386

83. Loughborough University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#236 in the World
Acceptance Rate
68%
Enrollment
19,449
Founded
1966

84. Catholic University of Louvain

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#4 in Belgium
#240 in the World
Enrollment
35,000
Founded
1425

85. University of Aix-Marseilles

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in France
#241 in the World
Enrollment
78,000
Founded
2012

86. RWTH Aachen University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#12 in Germany
#242 in the World
Acceptance Rate
10%
Enrollment
44,517
Founded
1870

87. University College Dublin

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in Ireland
#243 in the World
Acceptance Rate
20%
Enrollment
33,321
Founded
1854

88. University of Hamburg

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#13 in Germany
#246 in the World
Enrollment
43,957
Founded
1919

89. Goethe University of Frankfurt am Main

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#14 in Germany
#247 in the World
Acceptance Rate
77%
Enrollment
46,429
Founded
1914

90. Norwegian University of Science and Technology

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#3 in Norway
#250 in the World
Acceptance Rate
39%
Enrollment
42,031
Founded
1996

91. Free University of Brussels - VUB

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#5 in Belgium
#251 in the World
Acceptance Rate
22%
Enrollment
11,101
Founded
1970

92. University of Erlangen Nuremberg

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#15 in Germany
#252 in the World
Acceptance Rate
46%
Enrollment
38,878
Founded
1743

93. University of Saragossa

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#8 in Spain
#253 in the World
Acceptance Rate
50%
Founded
1542

94. University of St Andrews

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#254 in the World
Enrollment
10,425
Founded
1413

95. University of the Basque Country

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#9 in Spain
#256 in the World
Acceptance Rate
60%
Enrollment
63,000

96. Tilburg University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#260 in the World
Acceptance Rate
57%
Enrollment
17,378
Founded
1927

98. University of Warsaw

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#1 in Poland
#267 in the World
Acceptance Rate
25%
Enrollment
42,700
Founded
1816

100. Umea University

For Liberal Arts & Social Sciences

#6 in Sweden
#274 in the World
Acceptance Rate
34%
Enrollment
34,237
Founded
1965