Medieval Europe saw the beginning of many universities, a place of learning not only for the privileged upper classes but for those with aspirations of furthering their knowledge too. It could be argued that university life in Medieval Europe set the foundations for much of what we would now regard as ‘university life’.
A Rigorous Education
In order to be accepted into one of the first universities, students had to pass an extensive test. They would have to be able to recite long passages from the available texts, be able to write and read Latin and distinguish between the various philosophical theories of their time.
Renaissance of University Life
The period was marked by the birth of new sciences and social sciences, aided by the new syllabus at many universities. Students would study Grammar, Maths, Physics, Astronomy, Medicine, and many more, with renowned scholars such as Aristotle, Plato and Archimedes being studied regularly within the lecture halls.
Socialising and Student Life
University life also had its leisure side. For instance, a student’s weekly schedule probably involved a lot of socialization, as well as performing a variety of tasks such as lectures, debates, and reviewing for exams. Festivals were held on the university grounds and the celebrations included sports, dances, and songs. It was considered prestigious to be among the university’s students and often local noble families would invite students over to their homes during the holidays.
In conclusion, it is clear that university life in Medieval Europe was much more rigorous and could at times be quite challenging. The standards of education, however, were very high, and many of the lessons learnt back then can still be applied in a modern-day educational setting.