Old School: Europe’s Oldest University Towns
Università di Bologna founded in 1088, is considered the oldest degree-awarding institute in Europe and also the oldest continually operating university in the world. Bologna is a lively and cosmopolitan Italian university town, famous for its rich history, art, cuisine, music and culture. Classes are taught almost exclusively in Italian so if you’d like to study there you need to speak at least intermediate Italian.
Since it’s establishment in 1096, Oxford University has produced 47 Nobel Laureates, 26 British Prime Ministers and at least twelve saints. It’s the oldest university in the English-speaking world. If you plan to travel to the UK, Oxford offers a range of extended guided tours, which show you the interior of the different buildings that form the historic heart of the university. The magnificent Bodleian library for example, was used for filming Harry Potter.
The University of Salamanca was founded in 1134 and is the oldest university in operation in Spain, and the first European university to receive the title of “University” as such. In 1929 the university added Spanish Language & Cultural Courses for foreigners to it’ s curricula. Today, more than 3,500 foreign students and teachers from all over the world come to learn and improve their Spanish. In 1988 the old city of Salamance was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The University of Montpellier located on the Mediteranean coast, was founded in 1220 and is even older than the famous Sorbone University in Paris. University of Montpellier boasts the oldest medical school in the western world. The Museum of Anatomy of Montpellier’s Faculty of Medicine is housed in the Anatomy Conservatory which was first opened in 1794. If you have strong nerves you can visit the surgical theatre, which opened in 1806 and is one of the first purpose-built examples of it’s kind.
Source: Wikipedia and university websites