Scotland – University of Edinburgh
The University of Edinburgh, founded in 1583, is a public research university located in Edinburgh, the capital city of Scotland. Regarded as one of the most prestigious universities in the world, the university is ranked 6th and 7th in Europe according to the 2011 Times Higher Education Ranking and 20th in the world by the 2011 rankings.
The university is deeply embedded in the fabric of the city, with many of the buildings in the historic Old Town belonging to the university. Edinburgh receives approximately 47,000 applications every year, making it the third most popular university in the UK by volume of applicants. Entrance is intensely competitive, with 12 applications per place in the last admissions cycle.
Live, work and play amongst a wealth of scenic beauty, where the vision of the city's architects complements the spectacular volcanic backdrop. Townhouses designed by Robert Adam nestle in landscapes which might have been imagined by Tolkien. Edinburgh has 112 public parks and more trees per person than any other British city.