If you are open to the idea of going to study abroad in a different country and culture and would like to secure a first class degree, then you should consider applying to the universities on our list.

Our list is dominated by universities in the USA, but there are inclusions from countries all around the world. Some universities are world famous which you would expect to be high on our list, but others are lesser known and offer fantastic courses and have excellent reputations.

Before we get started, if you are keen on the idea of studying abroad these articles might appeal to you:

Now, check out our list of the world's top 100 universities below:

1. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), United States

2. Stanford University, United States

3. Harvard University, United States

4. University of Oxford, United Kingdom

5. California Institute of Technology (Caltech), United States

6. ETH Zurich - Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Switzerland

7. University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

8. UCL (University College London), United Kingdom

9. Imperial College London, United Kingdom

10. University of Chicago, United States

11. National University of Singapore (NUS), Singapore

12. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU), Singapore

13. Princeton University, United States

14. Cornell University, United States

15. University of Pennsylvania, United States

16. Tsinghua University China

17. Yale University, United States

18. Columbia University, United States

19. EPFL - Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne, Switzerland

20. University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom

21. University of Michigan, United States

22. Peking University, China

23. University of Tokyo, Japan

24. Johns Hopkins University, United States

25. University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

26. Duke University, United States

27. University of Manchester, United Kingdom

28. University of California, Berkeley (UCB), United States

29. Australian National University, Australia

30. University of Toronto, Canada

31. Northwestern University, United States

32. Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong

33. King's College London, United Kingdom

34. Kyoto University, Japan

35. McGill University, Canada

36. University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), United States

37. Seoul National University, South Korea

38. University of Melbourne, Australia

39. New York University (NYU), United States

40. Fudan University, China

41. KAIST - Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology, South Korea

42. University of Sydney, Australia

43. University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney), Australia

44. London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), United Kingdom

45. University of California, San Diego (UCSD), United States

46. Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), Hong Kong

47. University of Queensland, Australia

48. Carnegie Mellon University, United States

49. University of Bristol, United Kingdom

50. Delft University of Technology, Netherlands

51. University of British Columbia, Canada

52. City University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

53. Universite PSL, France

54. Zhejiang University, China

55. Technical University of Munich, Germany

56. University of Wisconsin-Madison, United States

57. Brown University, United States

58. Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

59. Monash University, Australia

60. Shanghai Jiao Tong University, China

61. Ecole Polytechnique, France

62. University of Warwick, United Kingdom

63. Ludwig-Maximilians-Universit√§t M√ľnchen, Germany

64. University of Amsterdam, Netherlands

65. University of Texas at Austin, United States

66. Ruprecht-Karls-Universitat Heidelberg, Germany

67. University of Glasgow, United Kingdom

68. University of Washington, United States

69. National Taiwan University (NTU), Taiwan

70. Universiti Malaya (UM), Malaysia

71. Osaka University, Japan

72. Georgia Institute of Technology, United States

73. University of Copenhagen, Denmark

74. Universidad de Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina

75. University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States

76. University of Zurich, Switzerland

77. Sorbonne University, France

78. Durham University, United Kingdom

79. University of Sheffield, United Kingdom

80. KU Leuven, Belgium

81. University of Birmingham, United Kingdom

82. Tohoku University, Japan

83. Korea University, South Korea

84. Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia

85. Rice University, United States

86. University of Western Australia, Australia

87. Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), South Korea

88. University of Auckland, New Zealand

89. University of Science and Technology of China, China

90. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, United States

91. Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong

92. Lund University, Sweden

93. Pennsylvania State University, United States

94. University of Leeds, United Kingdom

95. Sungkyunkwan University (SKKU), South Korea

96. University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

97. University of Southampton, United Kingdom

98. Boston University, United States

99. KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden

100. University of St Andrews, United Kingdom

Deciding where to study abroad can be difficult but hopefully our list has helping to give you some ideas where to apply. Studying at one of the above institutions will really help you achieve a first class education and help with future career prospects.

Have you got any experience of studying at any of the places included on our list? Or have we missed a university which you think should be included? Let us know in the comments section below.