Where World Leaders Studied

Updated: May 2019

As the second largest study abroad market in the world, the UK is known for the high quality of its education. Take a look at our list of world leaders and where they studied in the UK.

Where World Thought Leaders Studied

1. Stephen Hawking

World-renowned scientists, Stephen Hawking studied Physics at University College, Oxford. He undertook postgraduate studies in Cosmology at Trinity Hall, Cambridge

2. Bill Clinton

Former president of the United States, Bill Clinton, won a Rhodes scholarship and studied Politics at University College, Oxford.

3. Benazir Bhutto

The former Prime Minister of Pakistan, Benazir Bhutto, studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lady Margaret Hall College, Oxford.

4. David Cameron

The former Prime Minister of Great Britain studied Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Brasenose College, Oxford.

5. HM King Abdullah II of Jordon

King Abdullah II studied a one-year special-studies course in Middle Eastern affairs at Pembroke College, Oxford.

6. Dr Olli Rehn

The EU commissioner, Dr Olli Rehn, gained a research degree on the subject of “Corporatism and Industrial Competitiveness in Small European States” at St Anthony’s College, Oxford.

7. Amal Clooney

Human Rights Lawyer, Amal Clooney, studied Jurisprudence (Legal Theory) at St Hugh’s College, Oxford.

 8. Jiři Šedivý

The Czech Defence Minister, Jiři Šedivý, studied for a Master’s degree in War Studies at Kings College, London.

8. Yaneth Giha Tovar

The Colombian Education Minister gained a Master’s degree at Kings College, London.

9. Princess Hajah Majeedah Nuurul Bulqiah

Princess Hajah Majeedah, a member of the Bruneian Royal family, studied for a Master’s degree in Environmental Development from Kings College, London.

10. Hayat Sindi

Hayat Sindi, a medical scientist and member of the Consultative Assembly of Saudi Arabia, she studied Pharmacology at Kings College, London.

11. Romano Prodi

Romano Prodi, former Prime Minister of Italy, studied post-doctoral work at the London School of Economics (LSE).

12. Juan Manuel Santos

The former President of Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos, gained a Master’s degree in Science and Economic Development at the London School of Economics (LSE).


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