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->''Unseen University was much bigger on the inside. Thousands of years as the leading establishment of practical magic in a world where dimensions were largely a matter of chance in any case had left it bulging with places where it shouldn't have places.''
-->-- ''Discworld/TheLastContinent''

In [[YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe ye olden days]], people learned skills by being [[TheApprentice apprenticed]] to someone, so it was natural to assume that magicians would learn the ropes in the same manner. Then, the modern age saw the rise of public schooling and universities almost completely displace apprenticeship as the means of education. In light of this, some authors decided that the school setting was a viable way to educate their magicians.

Thus was born the WizardingSchool, the institute for education in magic. There the young sorcerers go to learn various forms of [[MagicAIsMagicA rule-based]] FunctionalMagic (after all, there's not much one can ''learn'' if the magic is [[WildMagic random and uncontrollable)]], divided into different "subjects" or even schools of magic. Expect plenty of MagiBabble on the tests.

These come in two varieties; actual schools, and universities.

Schools are often {{boarding school}}s, with the attendant tropes. The pupils there are children, who leave at sixteen or eighteen. If the pupils are lucky, they'll also get a good {{Muggle}} education in math and [[MagicVersusScience science]] when they aren't learning [[WordsCanBreakMyBones magic words]].

Universities usually only take students who are nominally adults, though exceptions may be made for rare genius. The usual university tropes apply. The students will spend half their time drinking in the local bars; the professors will be busy with vigorous academic politics, and magical research.

Often the institution where the story is set won't be the only such in the world, though [[HufflepuffHouse the others don't do very much]].

A subtrope of ExtranormalInstitute. Compare with SuperheroSchool and NinjaSchool. Sometimes comes combined with a MagicalSociety.

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!!Examples

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[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Mahora Academy from ''Manga/MahouSenseiNegima'' -- and specifically Negi's class -- pretty much has the FantasyKitchenSink. [[RidiculouslyHumanRobots Robots]], mages, [[FriendlyNeighborhoodVampires vampires]], demons, {{ninja}}, ghosts, etc. They're still expected to keep up the {{Masquerade}}, though- the trope is played with a bit in that it doubles as a regular school, and has several {{Muggles}}. (They do it well enough that, at least at the start of the series, the {{Muggles}} in the class have only twigged onto the RobotGirl -- because she is ''obviously'' robotic -- and even then some of them think it might be makeup or a gag.) That's just the class, of course -- the school itself has a WorldTree, a library closer to an RPG dungeon than a school resource, a staff composed exclusively of mages, etc. ''And the muggles don't notice''.
* Aoi Gakuen in ''{{Maburaho}}''.
* ''AliceAcademy''
* True Cross Academy from BlueExorcist is a bit of subversion. The school itself is pretty ordinary (aside from being ABSOLUTELY ENORMOUS) but just happens to have a secret class that teaches you how to fight demons.
* The Tristian Academy of Magic in ''LightNovel/ZeroNoTsukaima''.
* ''MacademiWasshoi'', adapted from a series of light novels appropriately called ''Magician's Academy''.
* St. Hilde Magic School, which Vivio attends after the events of ''MagicalGirlLyricalNanohaStrikerS''.
* ''[[MahouTsukaiNiTaisetsuNaKotoNatsuNoSora Mahou Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto ~Natsu no Sora~]]'' takes place at a school where students can become recognized mages, which is treated like [[MundaneFantastic pretty much any other form of education]].
* ''SorcererStabberOrphen'' has the Tower of Fangs.
* The Anehara Cross School of Magic in ''YokuWakaruGendaiMahou''.
* Constant Magic Academy in ''IchibanUshiroNoDaimaou''.
* The magic cram school in ''MamotteLollipop'' that the examinees all probably attend.
* The titular educational institution of the ''StLunaticsHighSchool'' manga series probably qualifies as this.
* ''Manhwa/CielTheLastAutumnStory'' has two- Royal Blue Union, for aristocrats and the upper class, and Lowood, for everyone else.
* Masahiro goes to an unnamed [[{{Onmyodo}} onmyouji]] school in ''ShonenOnmyouji''. It seems to function as a magic school in his world as they have practical magic exams.
* Celeasdile in ''CrimsonSpell''.
* Tokyo Beatrice Academy in ''Anime/MamoruKunNiMegamiNiShukufukuO''.
* There is Magnoshutatt, an ''[[UpToEleven entire country]]'' dedicated for this in ''Manga/MagiLabyrinthOfMagic''.
* ''Anime/LittleWitchAcademia'' takes place at a school for young witches.
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* The ''[[WitchGirlsAdventures Witch Girls]]'' universe features multiple schools for witches; there's some overlap with AllGhoulsSchool due to the application of WitchSpecies and various other creatures that may end up as staff, as well as the Witch/Otherkin hybrids that may end up as students.
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* In ''Fanfic/WithStringsAttached'', occasional reference is made to the Wizards' University in the city of Zagesevregar; Grunnel lectured there in the past, and Brox was there searching for a solution to the no-monster problem of Baravada. The Raleka wizards also worked at or attended the place. However, the university is never seen.
* Malkin Academy in ''Fanfic/MalkinAcademyTheCupOfKings''.
* Mahokari Academy in ''FanFic/PuellaMagiYuukoMagica''.
* In ''Roleplay/AbsitOmen'', Hogwarts is the main focus, but due to the Tetrawizard Tournament, students from Beauxbatons, Durmstrang and Salem are currently present. Some adult characters graduated from other wizarding schools from around the world, such as Beit Gaddol in Jerusalem and Mahoutokoro in Japan.
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* ''BedknobsAndBroomsticks'' has a variant: the protagonist, Ms. Price, gets lessons in the mail from the "Correspondence College of Witchcraft." Also different is the fact that the college is [[NotSoPhonyPsychic supposed to be a scam]], as its founder is a con artist who just copies things from an old book he found.
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[[folder:Literature]]
''Listed more or less by publication date.''

* Scholomance, traditionally based in Transylvania and run by the devil, was meant to be a school for users of BlackMagic. It shows up in the writings of British authors (and Creator/BramStoker, who was Irish), usually following Scottish writer Emily Gerard's depiction of Transylvanian superstitions.
* The 1953 short story "The Wall Around The World" by Theodore Cogswell is commonly accepted by the fantasy fiction community to be the progenitor of this trope in modern literature. It centers around a 13 year old wizard studying at a school for wizards who tries to discover what lies beyond the wall which surrounds the known world. Many obvious parallels can be drawn between it and later, better known examples of the sub-genre such as the Earthsea and Harry Potter novels.
* The Robert Sheckley 1954 short story "The Accountant" is another early example. You don't actually see the school, but you do meet little Morton's teacher and learn of his lack of enthusiasm for Thaumaturgy, Conjuring Herbs and the Geography of Greater Hell. All because he wants to be an accountant...
* Eleanor Estes' ''The Witch Family'' was published in 1960. Hannah's school, her classmates and teacher, and subject matter (including witchiplication) are covered in some detail.
* Likewise the magic school on Roke in Creator/UrsulaKLeGuin's ''Literature/AWizardOfEarthsea'', published in 1968, pre-dates many other examples here. The native {{Muggles}} wouldn't bat an eye at seeing a youngster turn into a bird and fly away.
* ''Literature/{{Krabat}}'', published 1971, combines apprenticeship as a miller with secret schooling in BlackMagic.
* The wizards and soothsayers of Avram Davidson's fantasy works generally receive their magical education in less organized settings, but Creator/{{Virgil}} (the medieval wizard version first published in 1969, not the historical poet) is depicted attending a school with a truly horrifying finals week. For herbalism, students are given a tray full of fungi and told to remove the poisonous and healing varieties. And then they have to ''eat the remainder''. The final exam is a simple footrace...but the devil takes the hindmost.
* Miss Cackle's Academy for Witches, from ''TheWorstWitch'' series of books.
* Caithnard in ''Literature/TheRiddleMasterTrilogy'' by Creator/PatriciaAMcKillip was originally a wizarding school until the wizards all mysteriously disappeared. Now it is a school for those who study the mysterious and dangerous riddles left behind by the wizards.
** Before that, Lungold. Unfortunately, its founder, Ghisteslwchlohm, turned out to be an EvilSorcerer- he used the school to gather all the wizards together, steal important prophetic knowledge from them, and then destroyed it and them so they couldn't interfere with his plans.
* Diana Wynne Jones' ''TheToughGuideToFantasyland'', which predates Harry Potter, has a Wizards' University. In TheYearOfTheGriffin which is set in the same universe, Elda the griffin goes there.
* In The Discworld books Unseen University, and Bugarup University in the Last Continent, comfortably predates Hogwarts by around fourteen years and are very much a parody of a certain perception of Oxford, Cambridge and similar institutions. It DOES have students, notably the original versions of Rincewind and the Ponder Stibbons group, but the Faculty almost never teach or tutor them and their main career path seems to be to join the Faculty. ''EarlyInstallmentWeirdness'' throws up figures like Igneous Cutwell, but they aren't usual.
** And now Brazeneck College/University in Pseudopolis, which with the former Dean of UU as the head lends a competitive air to the relationship between it and UU.
* In Raymond E. Feist's ''{{Riftwar}}'' series, the magician Pug sets up an academy on the island of Stardock to streamline the teaching of magic as well as teaching a new form of magic that he learned on [[AnotherDimension Kelewan]].
* The Wizards on Ansalon in the ''{{Dragonlance}}'' series of novels, first one published in 1984, have set up minor schools throughout the continent for people who want to try and learn High Sorcery. During the early Fifth Age Palin Majere set up the Academy of Sorcery to teach Primal Sorcery.
* In Creator/PamelaDean's ''TheSecretCountry'' trilogy, first published in 1985, different branches/philosophies of magic are identified as Red, Green or Blue. Each has its School, with Ruth belonging to the Green School. We get tantalizing glimpses of the Green Caves in ''The Whim of the Dragon''. Their magic is devoted to earth, water and plants.
* ''Literature/GrooshamGrange'' by Creator/AnthonyHorowitz, published 1988.
* The White Tower in ''Literature/TheWheelOfTime'', published in 1990. Girls who can channel are brought to the Tower to learn to control it before they kill themselves or others. Similarly, the Black Tower, though that's more of a Wizarding [[TrainingFromHell boot camp]].
* ''WizardsHall'', published in 1991 by Jane Yolen is somewhat similar to ''Literature/HarryPotter'', to the point that Yolen is rather suspicious of the Potter books' originality. The main character's name is Henry and he has a red-haired friend. However, the systems of magic aren't remotely similar and there are different naming conventions.
* The ''HeraldsOfValdemar'' series has several schools of magic, the most mentioned one being White Winds, which has several branches due to the fact that graduating mages who reach Master or Adept level are supposed to start schools of their own. Tarma and Kethry set up a combination mage/fighting school toward the end of the ''Vows and Honor'' trilogy. In the ''Owls'' triolgy, it's mentioned that a Mage Collegium was set up so those mages that weren't also Heralds in Valdemar could be trained and and ensure that they would use magic ethically.
* Greenlaw College (for women) and Glasscastle University (for men) in the ''Literature/ScholarlyMagics'' books by Creator/CarolineStevermer, the first of which was published in 1994. Greenlaw has the limbs and outer flourishes of a French finishing school for young ladies, while Glasscastle is a traditional English university.
* The Palace of the Prophets from ''Literature/SwordOfTruth'', which was first published in 1994. Bonus points for being built as a spell-form, preventing the Sorceresses, Wizards, and especially the Prophets from aging, allowing them to accrue truly terrifying amounts of knowledge.
** Similarly, the Wizards' Keep used to be this, but slowly ran out of Wizards.
* Wyverley College in the ''Literature/OldKingdom'' series, first published in 1995, is mostly just a classic girl's boarding school that happens to offer a few magic classes on the side, not a dedicated school for magic.
* Winding Circle in Tamora Pierce's ''Literature/CircleOfMagic'' quartet, published in 1997, the same year as Harry Potter. Also Lightsbridge University, which we haven't actually seen in any of the books (several of the characters are alumni), and which sounds like it follows the trope much more closely than the temple city of Winding Circle.
* There are also various examples in the Literature/TortallUniverse. It seems to be generally agreed that the best one in the world is the university in Carthak that Numair went to.
* The ''Literature/HarryPotter'' series, with its Hogwarts, is the TropeCodifier, and undoubtedly the most famous example. It has this as its CharacteristicTrope (particularly in the first book), though the main plot eventually centers upon defeating [[BigBad Voldemort]]. Other [[WizardingSchool Wizarding Schools]] from other countries are mentioned by name in the series, such as Durmstrang in Bulgaria and Beauxbatons in France. Due to PopCulturalOsmosis, many later examples of this trope either reference it or seem to.
* The Bard Schools in the ''Literature/BooksOfPellinor''. Though these are actually cities built around Schools.
* The wizard's school in TrudiCanavan's ''Literature/TheBlackMagicianTrilogy'', published 2001.
* There's a College of Magic in ''Literature/{{Salamander}}'', published in 2001, where most of the story takes place. It's portrayed as a research center as much as a school, though.
* ''Literature/TalesOfKolmar'''s ''The Lesser Kindred'', published in 2001, has the healer/mage school at Verfaren. In that 'verse only powerful healers can turn their magic to non-healing things and be mages. Some turn to demons to become more powerful.
* In ''TheBartimaeusTrilogy'', first published in 2003, this trope is averted, although it's mentioned and dismissed by the titular demon: magicians are often power-hungry and corrupt (like many RealLife politicians) and keep their knowledge to themselves as much as they can, so schools are out of the question; instead, the next generation of magicians are taken from parents who don't want them (since magicians are forbidden from having children) and taught singly by each magician.
* The University in Patrick Rothfuss' ''TheNameOfTheWind'', published in 2007, fits into this trope. It is the only school where you can learn the world's particular brand of sympathetic magic and is a boarding school set in a town that is based entirely around The University.
** Subverted with Naming, where the University is too domesticated and safe for most Namers to find all the names they might at the ends of civilization. "Chasing the Wind" has morphed into a term of derision speaking of futility, but it originally referred to someone going off on adventures to seek the ever-changing Name of the Wind.
** The Adem mention that they have them.
* ''HellsGate'' by DavidWeber has the Union of Arcana, a federation of magic using nations that have several. The two mentioned by name are Mythal Falls Academy, the oldest and most prestigious magical research and teaching Academy in Arcana and the Garth Showma Institute, the second largest magical academy anywhere (and whose prestige is rapidly overtaking that of the Mythal Falls Academy).
* ''Literature/TheMagicians'' by Lev Grossman and published in 2009, has Brakebills, a wizarding university in upstate New York; it has an insanely difficult entrance exam and time there is out of sync with time in the rest of the world.
** Brakebills also has a second campus in [[MysteriousAntarctica Antarctica]], where students in their fourth year are sent for intensive magical education under [[SadistTeacher Professor Mayakovsky.]]
* Edgewood Academy, Brightwood University, and Blackthorne College are the token schools of magic in ''ThePrincess99''. Though, Blackthorne is [[spoiler: closer to a madhouse if anything]]. To be honest the entire book reads like Tim Burton Presents: Harry Potter.
* Parodied by Ros Asquith's ''TrixieTempestAndTheWitchesAcademy''. The protagonist, having grown up on ''Literature/HarryPotter'', expects to be sent to a Hogwarts-esque school, but when she gets to the actual place, Conundrums Academy is a rundown building with rule books like dictionaries and the common punishment for misbehaving students is the stocks, or being drenched in frostbite-inducing water.
* Bloor's Academy in ''Literature/ChildrenOfTheRedKing''.
* The Schola Sorceriae from ''TheCircleOfMagic'' series by Debra Doyle and James D. Macdonald. Predates that other "Circle of Magic" series by 7 years.
* The Grevillian Institute in ''Literature/DoctrineOfLabyrinths'' is one of the actual schools for wizards. Usually "school" refers to a school of thought.
* The Collegia Serevain in ''Literature/CollegiaMagica''.
* The White Rock Academy of Illumination in ''Literature/LightAndDarkTheAwakeningOfTheMageknight'' trains the next generation of knights who will join the war against the shadows.
* ''LightNovel/MahoukaKoukouNoRettousei'' has 9 of them.
* A non-boarding school example in ''Literature/NightWatch''. Also different in that, since [[DifferentlyPoweredIndividual Others]] can be discovered and initiated at any age, the school is unlikely to have only children. There is only one teacher in the Moscow Night Watch. It's mentioned that, when the latest Moscow Night Watch HQ was built, they planned for 3 floors' worth of classrooms. However, since only a few new Others who are initiated and agree to join the Watch each year, they almost never use more than 1 floor. The Moscow Day Watch is also mentioned to have its own school, but it has never been described.
* Oakhurst Academy of the ''Literature/ShadowGrail'' series by MercedesLackey and Rosemary Edghill.
* ''Literature/TheHouseOfNight''.
* ''Literature/RachelGriffin'' has Roanoke Academy, (A school of magic [[LampshadeHanging like no other]]); founded, as the name suggests, by Virginia Dare, the first American-born sorceress. Students enter at age fourteen, unless given a special dispensation to enter a year early, and stay four years; and are sorted according to their specialties into one of seven houses named after various famous sorcerers (Dee, Drake, Dare, etc.) Roanoke is not the only magical school in the world, but it is the only one to offer instruction in [[FunctionalMagic all seven branches of magic.]]
* In ''Literature/TheBrokenCrescent'' the College of Man is the exclusive source for magical training; if they think you can learn the Language of the Gods, they'll take you, and then you learn what they say.
* ''LightNovel/DaybreakOnHyperion'' has the Königsfeld Academy of Magic, the most prestigious in the Kingdom of Weichsel, overlapping with MilitaryAcademy due to the Kingdom's strong military traditions for its nobility (all of whom can use magic).
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[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* The last few seasons of ''Series/{{Charmed}}'' featured a magic school, which was inspired by ''Harry Potter''. Earlier seasons never even hint at its existence and the young witches shown all had to learn how to use their powers without it.
* ''WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'' had one of these in a ''Harry Potter'' parody, named 'Wiz Tech.'
* ''TheLegendOfDickAndDom'': In the episode "Back to School", the IneptMage Mannitol is forced to return to the wizarding school he flunked out of years ago in order to complete his training in a heavily {{Lampshaded}} parody of ''Literature/HarryPotter''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''{{GURPS}}''
** The ''IOU'' supplement had Illuminati University, which covers more than just magic. Classes include hysteria and future history, the botany building is a tree, and destruction of any planetary bodies requires written permission from the Arch-Dean (who, according to rumor within the setting, is either a former angel, a former demon, or ''both'' - the art, done by Phil Foglio of ''Webcomic/GirlGenius'' fame, depicts her with both a halo and devil horns).
** The ''Technomancer'' world is a {{Magitek}} setting where magic returned to the world with the first atomic explosion in 1945. Most schools in advanced magical countries have magical courses for basic spells, and doctorates in Thaumaturgy are available from most colleges and universities.
** In addition, a medieval school for wizards has been added as a setting in the Fourth Edition supplement ''GURPS Locations: Worminghall.''
* ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}''
** MIT becomes MIT&T ("Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Thaumaturgy") post-Awakening, and is a top research school in both fields.
** Most major universities have a department of magical studies. Notable is Charles University, where the Great Dragon Schwartzkopf is a lecturer. Schwartzkopf apparently gives extra credit for any really creative pranks his students pull. One has to feel sorry for every other student and staff member at Charles come the end of the semester.
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons''
** The Known World setting (aka {{Mystara}}) has a few of those, notably the Great School of Magic set in the wizard-ruled nation of Glantri.
** ''{{Eberron}}'' of course has plenty of those. Notable is the Library of Korranberg, as well as the Flying Towers of Aundair, who have a very Hogwarts-like feel, including monsters and constructs roaming the halls, as well as dungeons filled with magical hazards and MalevolentArchitecture. Korranberg is downplayed in that it is a general-purpose university in a setting where magic is ubiquitous and important to society -- magic may come up in most courses, but that's because (for instance) the architect has to take into account the possibility of incorporating magic into the construction, not because most of the students are mages of some kind.
** ''ForgottenRealms''
*** Thay is an EvilEmpire with several academies to train their Red Wizards.
*** More than one sourcebook noted that the founding of academies for wizards is fairly common throughout Faerûn -- it's just that, for one reason or the other, most of those academies don't last all that long.
** 2nd Edition supplement ''College of Wizardry''. The castle of Mathghamgna holds the title school. in addition to teaching aspiring wizards, it searches for the Language Primeval, which is the language of magic.
** The ''Magazine/{{Dragon}}'' magazine #123 article "The Mystic College" had rules for creating and running a college of magic.
** ''The Horde'' boxed set. The city of Dhaztenar in Semphar has a college of wizards supported by the treasury of the Caliph.
** The {{Dragonlance}} setting had the Towers of High Sorcery. One of their functions was the training and testing of new magic users.
* There are a few in ''MagicTheGathering'', including the Conclave of Mages and the School of the Unseen from the Ice Age cycle, but the most important (and the one with the most [[GameBreaker game-breaking card]]) is the Tolarian Academy.
* The Shugenja Dojo in ''TabletopGame/LegendOfTheFiveRings'' also qualify
* The Heptagram in ''{{Exalted}}'', [[FantasyKitchenSink of course]]. Think of it as Hogwarts meets ''GossipGirl'' with more than a few elements of the aforementioned Scholomance. There used to be a second school on the same island, but... something happened... and now the old site is sowed with salt and covered with mystical sigils.
** ''{{Exalted}}'' actually has a lot of these. Lookshy has an academy for those wanting to study {{Magitek}}, the Sidereals have Department 137 of the Forbidding Manse of Ivy, and the Underworld has the Raiton Academy for the tutelage of necromancy.
* ''WitchGirlsAdventures'', of course. 4chan's /tg/ [[http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/5772445/ took]] [[http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/5774945 a run]] [[http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive/5778327 at it]], and realized that it comes off as if the school is [[FamilyUnfriendlyAesop teaching young witches to take horrible vengeance on anyone who irritates them in the slightest]]. And then [[DracoInLeatherPants they started telling stories about the horrors of being in the organization that hunts them]].
-->Jesus, this book. It's actually a terrifying speculative commentary about the dangers of power, and the inherent barbarism of children. The moral of this game is that those with power are free to do as they please, and sadistic murder is acceptable vengeance for any slight, no matter how petty or minor.
* The Eight Colleges of Magic in the [[WarhammerFantasy Warhammer Fantasy Universe]] train the magically gifted to be of use to the Empire. Of course, many potential students are killed by superstitious peasants before they get there, and using magic when you aren't a member of one of the colleges is punishable by being burnt alive at the stake. Not to mention, because of all this, if you do have magical aptitude you have the choice of either join, dying or being a fugitive.
** The Imperial Colleges might be the greatest centres of magical learning in the Old World, but they were founded comparatively recently (about 200 years before the present time) by the young High Elf Archmage Teclis, and only teach about magic split into its eight constituent colours - because that's all humans are capable of grasping without going utterly mad. The far more magically-adept High Elves have the White Tower of Hoeth in the kingdom of Saphery, where the full secrets of High Magic (which combines all eight colours into one harmonious whole) are studied and taught by its Loremasters. Teclis, who studied at the Tower, became High Loremaster of the institution after founding the Imperial colleges. It also teaches absurdly skilled ascetic warrior-scholars the arts of sword mastery, and these swordmasters act as the Tower's emissaries, guardians and agents in the outside world.
** The Dark Elves, by contrast have the Seven Convents of Sorceresses, based in Ghrond.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Rolemaster}}'' ''Shadow World'' setting
** ''Journey to the Magic Isle''. The title island holds the University of Magic Arts, where students can learn a wide variety of magical techniques.
** ''Star Crown Empire and the Seas of Fate''. The nation of Fydon Fey is the home of the Great Colleges of Sorcery. They're rather important because the country's class system is based on magical and intellectual ability.
** ''Nomads of the Nine Nations''. In all the Jan, Balaan and Shoneb Empire, the only place to study magic is the Academy of Dar-e'sen in Ghagian. The most powerful archmages, the Senjamade, live, study and teach there.
* Bard Games' ''Arcanum'' RPG, ''The Lexicon (Atlas of the Lost World of Atlantis)''
** The Magical Institute of Dardanaus and the Acheron Institute of Astrology both taught magic to students.
** In the kingdom of Ys are several small institutes that are open to elves interested in the magical arts. They encompass almost every magical field.
** The Institute for Occult Studies can be found in the city of Tartessos in the nation of Tharshesh. Instruction is available in all magical fields of study except divine magic. It has a respectable reputation throughout the magical community.
* ''TabletopGame/{{Champions}}'' Organization Book ''The Circle and M.E.T.E.''. The Circle is a group of superheroes who are being trained by The Master in magical techniques. The Master is a sorcerer of great power who is rumored to have walked away from ground zero of the Hiroshima bombing.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
Games where a wizarding school is the primary setting:

* ''ManaKhemiaAlchemistsOfAlRevis'' is completely based around this trope, specializing in alchemy.
* Sorcerer University, for the first two games of ''TheSpellcastingSeries''. There are competing schools, but SU is depicted as the IvyLeague of spellcraft.
* ''MagiciansQuestMysteriousTimes'' is also based on this concept.
* In {{Wizard 101}}, the game starts out inside a university dedicated to teaching magic. The University is devided into six schools: Fire, Storm, Ice, Life, Death, and Myth. Players start out as newly admitted students, and while they do not actually attend any classes in the games, most of the spells a character learns comes from the professors of those six schools. (Headmaster Ambrose also hands out a few spells as rewards for specific in game achievements.)
** Ravenwood also teaches a seventh school of magic, Balance, [[FridgeLogic despite it not being given a classroom]]. Instead, it's classroom is hidden in Krokotopia. Students of this school learn their first few spells from another person that studied the basics of the school.
** The worlds of Dragonspyre and Celestia also had academies before they were destroyed by the Dragon and Storm Titans respectively. Fortunately enough of Celestia survived for the player to learn a few spells from the Sun, Moon, and Star schools.
** There is also the rival school of [[{{Expy}} Pigswick]], which features the {{Expy}}s of Ravenwood's seven schools but with different names and almost backwards philosophies. Also only half the teachers there show any competence in there teaching. One even admits he has no idea what he's doing and is just using the previous professor's notes.
* ''{{Academagia}}: The Making of Mages'' takes place in a complex non-Earth-based magical academy.
* MagicalDiary revolves around an American high school for witches and wizards. It's mostly a DatingSim but you do learn and use spells as well.
* ''MagicalStarsign'' has two wizarding schools, which are central to the game's plot.
* The Silver Star Tower in ''VideoGame/GrimGrimoire''.
* Unsurprisingly, some ''VideoGame/HarryPotter'' videogames.
* The flash game ''VideoGame/ValthirianArc'' involves becoming the principal of the school, training students, and graduating them to earn fame points and maintain your standing with the king.
* AncientMagic: Bazoo! Mahou Sekai! is centered around studying to be a wizard at one of these while going off on regular adventures.
* VideoGame/AvencastRiseOfTheMage has Avencast and some other never-named schools.

Games where a wizarding school appears:

* The academy and surrounding area in ''Franchise/{{Angelique}}''.
* The academy in Castle Galava in ''{{Nox}}''.
* The Red Wizard Academy in ''VideoGame/NeverwinterNights2: Mask of the Betrayer''.
* The Heroes' Guild in ''VideoGame/{{Fable}}'' teaches magic as one of three disciplines that students must learn before graduating.
* GUE Tech from ''The Lurking Horror'' and ''[[VideoGame/ZorkGrandInquisitor Zork: Grand Inquistor]]'' fits this.
* WIT from ''VideoGame/QuestForGloryII'' (WIT = Wizards Institute of Technocery), possibly a wink to the real life MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology).
* The Arcane University in ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls''. Incidentally, we never get to see any schooling going on, other than public lectures on the courtyards - the whole building is locked off except for the ground and top floors, linked by teleporters. Still, [[TakeOurWordForIt it's heavily implied that what goes on in there is pretty spectacular.]]
** Other centres of magical learning include the Crystal Tower of Summerset and the Psijic's Isle of Artaeum, neither featured in the games so far (at least not in their current roles).
** [[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim Skyrim]] has the College of Winterhold, which leans much more heavily on this trope, to the point where its questline might as well be called ''Harry Potter and the [[spoiler: Eye of Magnus]]''.
* Vane in ''VideoGame/LunarTheSilverStar'' and its remakes. And of course the magic school in ''Magic School Lunar'' and the earlier version ''Lunar: Walking School''.
* The Aurastery in Windurst in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI''. Unfortunately, mage [[PlayerCharacters PCs]] don't get to attend.
* ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'' has the Academy of Arcane Arts and Sciences, housed in the Mage Tower, the centerpiece of the Mage Quarter in the human city of Stormwind. It has little signifigance in the actual game however, except providing a few mage trainers and mage-specific quests.
** The Scholomance (note the ShoutOut to the older version, see under Literature) instance is a WizardingSchool catering entirely to ''necromancers.''
** Both Dalaran, a [[TheMagocracy magocracy]] and Silvermoon (not a magocracy though heavily influenced by the Magisters) are mentioned to have these too in background materials.
* New Shapers in ''VideoGame/{{Geneforge}}'' start at small academies to learn the basics. After that, they get apprenticed. Becoming a Shaper sucks.
* ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireII'' has a Magic School located in Hometown (they were really thinking outside the box with those names), which is where Nina is studying. Later on, you can also find the sorceress Deis/Bleu there, who claims learning through books is boring, and would rather go back out in the world to learn the good old-fashioned way.
* ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'': Magic use is one of the things taught at the Gardens, although they are more of an analogue for military academies.
* Princess Ceceilia of ''[[VideoGame/WildArms1 Wild ARMs]]'''s introduction begins with her taking leave from the local magical academy, and once the party is formed, you go back there to unlock the game's SummonMagic and kick off the plot.
* In ''ValkyrieProfile'', Flenceburg houses a magic academy. Unfortunately, its top student attempted to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt in order to get laid.
* The NasuVerse's Mage Association is both this and a MagicalSociety. It's split into three competing 'Great Branches', further subdivided into various 'Departments' led by professors, and the like. It also has its own military force which can be brought to bear against either vampires, or TheChurch, if the prologue to {{Tsukihime}} 2 is anything to go by.
* There are plenty of these in the world of ''Franchise/DragonAge'', with the [[DeconstructedTrope twist]] that they also function as prisons to keep mages carefully supervised and away from the general population. As such the academic politics are even more fierce than normal, with the ever present idea of 'fireballing the guards' proving an attractive idea for many.
* ''VideoGame/DragonQuestIX'' has [[CaptainErsatz Swinedimples]] [[Franchise/HarryPotter Academy]]. Amusingly one of the students is a troublemaker named Fred.
* Innsmouth Academy in ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' is an Illuminati-run university that teaches such things as applied necromancy, arcane geometry, parapsychology, and cryptozoology. Of course by the time you get there the place is overrun with insane familiars and pissed off spectral alumni.
* The Tower of the Magi in {{Avernum}} is essentially a magical university combining the instruction of magic with high powered research.
* The Dark Academy from ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'' is one of these, and it also appears in parts of the Forest of Doom level. Fittingly, these are the levels where the various witch enemies (including student witches) are most numerous.
* One of the worlds visited in ''[[VideoGame/UltimaUnderworld Ultima Underworld II]]'' contains the ruins of Scintillus Academy. Before its destruction, students trained in the academy for nine years and could then volunteer for a final exam, requiring them to navigate a dangerous labyrinth full of traps and illusions. The premature death of the aspiring mage was a not uncommon result.
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* Warthogs, an obvious Hogwarts parody in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick''.
* Orthorbbae in the webcomic ''{{Drowtales}}'' is a prime example, having classes for every school of magic. Math and history are also mentioned as being areas of study, and comics on other parts of the site indicate that there are many other subjects taught at higher levels.
* Wonderella accidentally volunteers to substitute at such a school in [[http://nonadventures.com/2007/07/21/lack-magic-woman/ this page]] of ''TheNonAdventuresOfWonderella''.
* {{Bardsworth}} university of the webcomic of the same name. Actually, it began as a college for bards, hence the name, but also teaches magic.
* Succubus and Incubus Academy in ''DanAndMabsFurryAdventures''. ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin - a WizardingSchool for HornyDevils.
* Used as part of a ''Literature/HarryPotter'' parody in the "Torg Potter" stories from ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''.
* ''{{Magiversity}}'', the College of Mages, obviously.
* The Astorian Mage Academy from ''CodeNameHunter''.
* The Elven Magic Academy from Webcomic/MurphysLaw.
* ''Webcomic/WizardSchool'' has Bumblebane's Magical Academy of the Wizarding Arts.
* The Everwood Magical University in ''Webcomic/OurLittleAdventure''.
* The boarding school in ''Webcomic/GunnerkriggCourt'' is a subversion. Due to their strained relations with Gillitie Wood, they prefer to consider their studies ([[MagiTek even magical ones]]) as scientific, even though plenty of magic [[ExtranormalInstitute occurs within the school grounds]] and the few gifted students regularly practice their abilities away from the teachers.
* Webcomic/{{Thornsaddle}}, yet another ''Literature/HarryPotter'' parody. The titular school is in the middle of a desert in Texas.
* The premise of ''[[{{Webcomic/Morphe}} morphE]]''. Though the school only has five students and one teacher.
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* [[InJoke Martha Corey High School]] in Nowhere, Ohio, is a WizardingSchool in the ''GlobalGuardiansPBEMUniverse''.
* ''GraveAcademy's'' eponymous academy is one of these, the students are monsters, but they also teach things like: Medieval Torture, Divination and Mad Sciences.
* Memorial Academy in the ''ArcanaMagiUniverse'', featured prominently in ''ArcanaMagiMemorial''.
* In ''Literature/{{Elcenia}}'', The Binaaralav Academy of Wizardry is one of the few schools of any type in Elcenia. Most skills are taught by the family; magic-use is one of the few anyone bothers to make an academy for.
* These websites; http://www.greyschool.com/ and http://www.witchschool.com/ claim to be actual schools of magic.
* Magisterious University in ''Literature/TalesOfMU'' is one of the best in the country, set in a [[TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons DnD-like]] universe.
* The Mystic Arts Department of [[WhateleyUniverse Whateley Academy]] is an example. It shares a building with the Psychic Arts Department, but even the Psychic Arts teachers can't find the Mystic Arts offices.
* The Bay12 RP RolePlay/NewDawnAcademy takes place in one.
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* ''UltimateBookOfSpells'' concerns three kids who are best friends and go to a magic school and who fight against an evil Wizard. One of them is a redhaired boy who is the least magically apt, and one of their teachers can turn herself into a cat... sound familiar?
* Alfea school for Fairies, Cloudtower school for witches, and Red Fountain for wizards (though none of the students from Red Fountain have shown any magic) in ''WesternAnimation/WinxClub''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' briefly turned Springfield Elementary into one during a Halloween special short as part of yet another ''Literature/HarryPotter'' parody.
* Toadblatt's in ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy'', which is a parody of Hogwarts.
* ''WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic'' briefly mentions Princess Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns, whose name is a ShoutOut to [[Franchise/{{X-Men}} Professor Xavier's School]]. There's also a reference to "magic kindergarten", which is likely ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin: a school of magic for young unicorns.
* The Milkweed Academy for Wizards (a parody of [[Literature/HarryPotter Hogwarts]]), Kyle's former school in FanboyAndChumChum.
* ''WesternAnimation/FillyFuntasia'' takes place in the Royal Magic Academy.
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