Best Computer Science Schools in the World - University Rankings 2020

Computer Science is one of the most popular academic disciplines in the world. On our portals alone, you can find over 6,000 Bachelor's and 5,400 Master’s degrees in Computer Science and IT.

If your heart is set on becoming a professional computer scientist, you probably want to know which are the best computer science schools where you can study abroad. We’ve done our research and listed below the top universities and colleges offering Computer Science and IT degrees based on prestigious international rankings created by:

  • Times Higher Education
  • TopUniversities
  • Shanghai Jiao Tong University
  • CSRankings
  • Academic Influence

1. Best computer science schools in the Times Higher Education 2020 Rankings

Check out the full ranking on the official Times Higher Education website.

2. Top computer science schools in the QS Subject Rankings 2019 by TopUniversities

See the complete ranking on the TopUniversities official page.

3. Best computer science schools in the Academic Subjects Rankings 2019 by Shanghai University

Discover all the ranked universities on the official Shanghai Ranking website.

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4. Top computer science schools in the CSRankings

The CSRankings is an entirely transparent system which lists universities based entirely on metrics. It identifies universities and colleges which are engaged in research and have publications at relevant Computer Science conferences.

Check out the other ranked computer science schools on the official CSRankings webpage.

5. Best computer science schools in the Academic Influence rankings

The Academic Influence team ranks universities based on the number and influence of famous professors, students, and other people who attended or worked/are working for each university.

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), US
  • Stanford University, US
  • Harvard University, US
  • University of California, Berkeley, US
  • Princeton University, US
  • University of Cambridge, UK
  • Carnegie Mellon University, US
  • University of Michigan, US
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, US
  • California Institute of Technology, US

Explore the complete ranking on the Academic Influence official website.

Student reviews of top computer science schools

Although rankings are a great resource to identify top universities and colleges worldwide, they don’t always tell the full story. That’s why the opinions of students who graduated or are on their way to graduation are often more relevant.

They have hands-on experience with the academic environment, the university staff, the courses, and allow you to understand better what you can expect from studying at that institution. Check out a few reviews from students who took courses at some of the best computer science schools in the world:

ETH Zurich

“Teaching methods were solid enough; the library and assistance from the staff in study matters were also great. All this sums up to deliver ETH's world ranking. As long as academic excellence is considered, it would be one of my top choices.”

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

“Studying at UCLA was one of the greatest experiences of my life. The academics are rigorous and challenging without the pretentiousness of an ivy league or private school. I always had quality professors, many of which are making great advances in their respective fields. As the leading research institute in the country, there are many opportunities to get involved with those kinds of opportunities. The social life is also great. It's the largest UC school in terms of population. There are many social/academic clubs and societies. Definitely a great school.”

Imperial College London

“There is definitely a big difference in the British way of teaching, with regard to the Swiss way, and it was a very good opportunity for me to compare both. You have everything you want at Imperial College and in London.”

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Conclusions about the Computer Science rankings

  • The United States is the country with the most universities listed in the top Computer Science rankings.
  • In 4 out of 5 rankings, the first place is occupied by an American university.
  • The United Kingdom only has 3 universities among the best computer science schools.
  • China has only one ranked institution, the Tsinghua University.
  • Popular study destinations like Canada, Australia, and Germany are not present in the rankings.

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