% of people with academic degree & largest universities (2014)

ISCED level 5 – Short-cycle tertiary education

ISCED level 6 – Bachelor’s or equivalent level

ISCED level 7 – Master’s or equivalent level

ISCED level 8 – Doctoral or equivalent level

Note: For detailed information about the ISCED-Categories (International Standard Classification of Education) visit: http://www.uis.unesco.org/Education/Documents/isced-2011-en.pdf


The list below shows the largest universities (illustrated in the map above) by enrollment per country. Some of the listed universitites are concentrated for a correspondence course / distance study. Accordingly, they can show much higher numbers of matriculation than others.

Largest universities by enrollment per country:

  1.  Turkey, Eskisehir:
    • Anadolu University:                                                 1.969.733 registered students.
  2. Romania: Bucharest: 
    • Spiru Haret University:                                                311.928 registered students.
  3. Spain, Madrid:
    • National University of Distance Education:                    260.079 registered students.
  4. United Kingdom, Mitlon Keynes:
    • Open University:                                                        253.075 registered students.
  5. France, Chasseneuil-du-Poitou:
    • National Centre for Distance Education:                       120.000 registered students.
  6. Italy, Rome:
    • Sapienza University of Rome:                                      112.564 registered students.
  7. Austria, Vienna:
    1. University of Ireland:                                                  ~ 91.000 registered students.
  8. Ireland, Dublin:
    • National University of Ireland:                                       77.500 registered students.
  9. Greece, Thessaloniki:
    • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki:                                73.498 registered students.
  10. Croatia, Zagreb:
    • University of Zagreb:                                                    72.480 registered students.
  11. Belgium, Leuven:
    •  Catholic University of Leuven:                                       57.181 registered students.
  12. Poland, Warsaw:
    • University of Warsaw:                                                   53.500 registered students.
  13. Czech Republic, Prague:
    • Charles University in Prague:                                       ~ 50.000 registered students.
  14. Macedonia, Skopje:
    • Ss. Cyril and Methodius University of Skopje:                ~ 50.000 registered students.
  15. Slovenia, Ljubljana:
    • University of Ljubljana:                                                  48.821 registered students.
  16. Portugal, Lisbon:
    • University of Lisbon:                                                      46.989 registered students.
  17. Germany, Munich:
    • Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich:                           45.539 registered students.
  18. Denmark, Aarhus:
    • Aarhus University:                                                         43.600 registered students.
  19. Finland, Helsinki:
    • University of Helsinki:                                                    36.500 registered students.
  20. Netherlands, Amsterdam:
    • University of Amsterdam:                                               32.739 registered students.
  21. Sweden, Lund:
    • Lund University:                                                            30.646 registered students.
  22. Hungary, Budapest: 
    • Eötvös Loránd University:                                            ~ 30.000 registered students.
  23. Slovakia, Bratislava: 
    • Comenius University in Bratislava:                                   28.300 registered students.
  24. Latvia, Riga: 
    • University of Latvia:                                                       28.000 registered students.
  25. Norway, Oslo:
    • University of Oslo:                                                         27.628 registered students.
  26. Bulgaria, Sofia: 
    • Sofia University:                                                             24.000 registered students.
  27. Lithuania, Vilnius: 
    • Vilnius University:                                                           21.728 registered students.
  28. Cyprus, Famagusta: 
    • Eastern Mediterranean University:                                  ~ 18.000 registered students.
  29. Estonia, Tartu:
    • University of Tartu:                                                       ~ 18.000 registered students.
  30. Iceland, Reykjavik: 
    • University of Iceland:                                                       13.782 registered students.
  31. Malta, Tal-Qroqq: 
    • University of Malta:                                                          11.342 registered students.
  32. Luxembourg, Luxembourg: 
    • University of Luxembourg:                                                   6.287 registered students.

Note: The shown data about the number of registered students are only reference values. It can be possible that the data are taken at different times. Nonetheless the shown data are suitable for a meaningful comparison.

Data source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lists_of_universities_and_colleges_in_Europe

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