A Look at 12 of the Worlds Most Expensive Colleges


“College is the best time of your life. When else are your parents going to spend several thousand dollars a year just for you to go to a strange town and get drunk every night?” — David Wood

Engineering remains the in demand degree across the employment spectrum and students have many colleges and universities from which to choose. How will students choose which to attend? Some will compare the achievements of former graduates. Others will examine course work and curricular pros and cons. Then there are those who compare costs and will only study at the best, meaning only the most expensive engineering program will do.

“Education is the most powerful weapon which to use to change the world.” – Nelson Mandela

The new generation of college students want to change the world. They want to make a difference in their communities and make money while doing it. Working just to earn money takes a backseat to finding a career that is fun, fulfilling and meaningful. The old methods of motivating young people to further their education do not work as well anymore. They don’t want to know the potential return on their investment in college or listen to how much more they can earn over a lifetime with a college degree than they will if their education ends after high school. Today’s college students want the Excalibur of education. They want the best their parent’s money can buy.

The college or university a student graduates from can make a difference in the time between graduating and working, though. For an elite few, expense is no concern and parents happily hand over debit cards to pay the highest prices possible for their child’s college education and the prestige of the college named on their diploma.

The United States far exceeds the rest of the world in the price of tuition and fees for a four year bachelor program. On the list of most expensive colleges, the United States dominates. Globally, the cost of a college education excludes those in countries with seemingly low tuition. Where wages stay low, colleges stay institutions available only to the wealthiest. Even in countries offering free college educations, students can end up paying the balance ten years after graduation. In these locations, tuition as a percent of annual income puts them on the list of the world’s most expensive colleges.

12. University College London, England, United Kingdom

source: youruniversityguide.wordpress.com

This university was founded with the intent of opening education equally and to all. In 1878, University College London began admitting women using the same admission standards men were held to. ‘The college was the first in the United Kingdom to accept students from any class or religion. Alexander Graham Bell is counted among the university’s famous alumni, as well.

Expect to pay for the honor of attending this college as an undergraduate in the Engineering or Astrophysics programs. Tuition for European and British students comes in at 9000 English Pounds. International students will pay $31,000.

This price does include fees for housing, food, travel expenses and insurance. Make sure to add everyday living expenses like laundry and entertainment, though.






  • Such a badly researched and written article. First and foremost, the article makes no distinction between TERM and YEAR. No explanation how many terms in a year as the number of terms may differ from country to country

  • A completely hopeless system, belonging to the dark ages. Any civilized country provides the tuition, teaching and education for those talented enough to qualify for university. You pay yourself for your food, housing, clothes and books.
    Have these countries never heard about investing in the future?

  • Also a pity that an article about universities contains so many grammar mistakes: “worlds (sic) most expensive universities…”; “four year program”; “award winning…” Evidently the author didn’t attend any of the schools mentioned or, more worrisome, perhaps he or she did.

    • I agree with you about the quality of the writing, but where’s the mistake in “award winning”? Did you think it should be “wining”. That would mean “drinking wine”. Or did you want it to be “award-winning”? Language and usage keep changing.

    • That’s because this sort of Click Bait is written very rapidly by unqualified people, perhaps in their second language, to be able to make a buck.

      The article is also misleading in that most people that go to these institutions are NOT international students so they pay far less. As they should since their families paid taxes to the state for years to pay for the system.

  • that is all about democracy; capitalism & money; nothing to do with intelligence & progressive human beings. that is the same old saying of money talks and bull…. walks?

  • There are not great universies the truth and objective is to have experienced tutors that worked in industry and know their subject.I was lucky to graduate from two great universities with long history but also great tutors that knew their topic.while doing my ph.d in Scotland at stirling at came across the most ignorant tutor that took over after the initial tutor with whom we set the research.result after 6 years external basis while working they sent a letter that the standard of ph.d had not been reached!although before writing up certificates been issued that ph.d requirements had been reached!!!the time passed and my research proved true due to my predictions and analysis!!!!!a letter sent to Stirling and explained them that they had failed at that time to evaluate the research but the time elapsed proved I was right.then
    a lady in charge of governance and quality (sic)answered after one year that due to time elarsed the university of stirling was not in position to reconsider and recognize the research! bureauctatic answer to protect their “status”…so they call in their title university of …excellence! what a hypocrisy. ..

  • I grew up in Cambridge(Harvard/MIT) went to these Univ. at 14,15,16, 17, 18 for Russian, Physics, Advanced Math. Worked at Geometrics(Harvard Deans after school business) building models for DEW Line across Arctic 1962. Worked for COMPAQ, HP that originated from DEC(Digital Equipment). Bill Gates(no degree) was kicking tin cans around Harvard Sq. or was his mother a VP@IBM. I designed Deep Space Tracking Centers England, Japan and Rome NY. None of this required calculus or imaginary numbers. Just simple “rote” education. Its not what you know!!!