The World's 10 Oldest Universities

Established in 1088, the University of Bologna is recognized as the oldest university in the world, making it over 900 years old.

University of Bologna, Italy

Founded around 1096, the University of Oxford is one of the oldest universities in the English-speaking world.

University of Oxford, United Kingdom

Established in 1134, the University of Salamanca is the oldest university in Spain and one of the oldest in Europe.

University of Salamanca, Spain

The University of Paris, commonly referred to as La Sorbonne, was founded in the early 12th century, around 1150.

University of Paris, France

Founded in 1209, the University of Cambridge is among the oldest universities in the world.

University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Established in 859, Al-Qarawiyyin University is considered the oldest existing degree-granting university in the world.

Al-Qarawiyyin University, Morocco

Founded in 1220, the University of Montpellier is one of the oldest universities in Europe.

University of Montpellier, France

Established in 1222, the University of Padua is one of the oldest universities in Italy.

University of Padua, Italy

Founded in 1224, the University of Naples Federico II is one of the oldest public universities in the world.

University of Naples Federico II, Italy

Established in 1240, the University of Siena is one of the oldest universities in Italy.

University of Siena, Italy

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