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English is one of the most popular majors in the world, as it prepares people well for a variety of career opportunities, either in business, finance, media or law. For those who just like reading for fun or want to learn more about Western cultures, it's also vital to be well-versed in English language.|
Here is a list of the top 10 universities for English in the world, according to the QS World University Rankings 2011/2012 drawn from surveys of over 33,000 global academics and 16,000 graduate employers and based on research teaching, employability and internationalization.
1. Harvard University
Harvard, the world's second best university behind Cambridge, came out on top for English. Harvard is the oldest and most prestigious university in the US and receives the largest finanancial endowment of any academic institution in the world. Not only is it notoriously competitive, it is also expensive by UK standards, with students paying yearly tuition fees of approximately £25,000. Harvard's English department's website provides a template letter to "Mom and Dad" for students who need to convince their parents that English as a degree is useful in the real world. It concludes: "Studying English will prepare me for any field that values careful reading, precise thinking and the ability to write clear, persuasive prose."