Nearly twelve years after the original hit movie Monsters Inc. was released, we can finally rejoin Sulley and Mike in their crazy adventures with the much anticipated sequel, Monsters Inc. University. To celebrate, Escape Travel is giving one lucky person the chance to win a fantastic Monsters Inc. University prize pack including an adult hoodie, watch, water bottle, sports bag, in season family pass and more. Nine runners up will also receive an in season family pass to see the film. Simply enter your details via the Escape Travel Facebook to go in the draw to win.
While we can’t wander the colourful halls of Monster Inc. University, there are many universities around the world that are worth visiting. Be inspired by those who have walked the hallways before you, admire the stunning architecture and be captivated by the beautiful surrounds of the world’s top universities.
Here are our top five must see universities around the world.
The University of Oxford, England
Believed to be one of the oldest universities in England, alongside its long term rival the University of Cambridge, the University of Oxford is subsequently rich in history and boasts beautiful architecture. One of the world’s most famous universities, this institution is the beating heart of the city of Oxford. Take a guided walking tour through the manicured grounds and follow in the footsteps of Nobel Prize winners, Prime Ministers and world changers. This university has been used for the filming of many popular movies including Harry Potter, Saving Private Ryan and Alice in Wonderland.
Harvard University, Massachusetts
Harvard University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. Situated in Cambridge Massachusetts, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. In winter, the beautiful campus is covered in snow, while autumn will see the gardens come alive with orange coloured leaves glistening in the sun. You can wander through Harvard Yard on a student led walking tour to learn more of the history of this fascinating university. Harvard University has the largest academic library in the country and one of the largest in the world. Eight US presidents were Harvard graduates.
Sydney University, Sydney
Australia’s oldest university, the main campus of Sydney University is spread across two inner city suburbs, Camperdown and Darlington. Considered one of the most beautiful universities in the world, the campus is known for its historic sandstone buildings, manicured lawns and classic courtyards. The library of Sydney University is the largest in the southern hemisphere with approximately 5.3 million items. The big drawcard for visitors to Sydney University is the neo-Gothic main quadrangle that comes complete with gargoyles.
Trinity College, Dublin
One of the most significant tourist attractions in Dublin, Trinity College is one of the seven ancient universities of Britain and Ireland. Regarded as Ireland’s oldest university, the campus comprises an interesting mix of old architecture and modern buildings. The well looked after College Park runs through the grounds and the university is also home to the largest research library in Ireland. The historic Book of Kells can be admired in the Trinity College Library.
Bologna University, Italy
Situated in the city of Bologna, Italy is what is believed to be the oldest university in the world. Bologna University comprises grand buildings and historical monuments in its main city campus. Visit the university’s intriguing museum, Museo di Palazzo Poggi, set in a 16th century palace. Popular monuments include the Rivellino Ravelin, the Episcopal Fortress and the Seminary.