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The Education of Emma Watson, Perennial Crush & Top Activist

Published: January 23, 2017

In our “Where did they study?” article series we examine the educational resumes of timely & relevant figures in business, politics, technology, science, sports, arts and media. Education of Emma Watson.

It’s probably fair to say that if you have been a young person during the 2000s, you will first and foremost associate Emma Watson with… Education of Emma Watson.


…that’s right, with Hermione Granger, core part of Harry Potter’s squad in the sensational series of books turned movies, which has inspired millions of children and adults alike to once again believe in magic…and to wonder what life at legendary Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry would be like. Unfortunately, at StudyAdvantage we don’t have any bloggers from Hogwarts, but you can check out Cambridge, Oxford, St Andrews and Durham – all referred to as offering ‘Hogwarts-like’ student experiences.Education of Emma Watson.

Emma Watson


Emma Watson is British, but was born in Paris. Five years old, she moved ‘home’ to Oxfordshire in England, where she attended school until age 18. Her professional acting career began early, and was done in parallel with school. She successfully casted for the first Harry Potter movie at age 9; the movie was released in 2001 (Emma aged 11) breaking global records. Emma continued filming the next 7 Harry Potter movies throughout her school years, becoming one of the most acclaimed (and well paid!) actresses in the world.



Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island

In December 2008, Emma stated that she wanted to go to university; half a year later she enrolled to study at Brown University, the notoriously ‘liberal’ Ivy League university in Providence, Rhode Island on the American northeast coast. The liberal reputation of Brown is arguably two-fold; firstly, Brown has an extremely fluid academic curriculum, which allows students to pick and choose courses more flexibly than at most other institutions – thus truly embracing the ‘liberal’ part of a ‘liberal arts’ education; and secondly, the campus culture has been associated with hippie-type characters in the past. Perhaps to balance that environment, Emma also spent a year as a ‘visiting student’ (i.e. she did an exchange) to the more traditional University of Oxford, back near her home. She graduated from Brown with a major in English Literature in 2014, and needless to say, her combined Ivy League and Oxbridge education makes Emma one of the best educated profiles in her field.Education of

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Bodleian Library, Oxford University

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In the last year or so, we have seem Emma less on the screen, but more in other contexts. Since the beginning of 2016, she has focused the majority of her work on progressing gender equality, partially through her role as a UN Women Goodwill Ambassador. This role has taken Emma around the world, and has seen her launch the HeForShe movement which calls for men to advocate gender equality. She made a very well-received speech at the UN in late 2016 talking about the movement, check it out below:


Emma is starring in two major soon-to-be-released movies, The Beauty and the Beast and The Circle, both due in cinemas during 2017.

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