The categories

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019 highlight the global and regional trends in what students value the most in education.

Students have the possibility of rating their universities on a scale from from 1 to 5 across six aspects of their study experience.

All participating universities which score above 4 receive a medal of satisfaction.

The medals signal to all future students that these universities will look after their dreams and future.

Empower students to recognise the best educators 

The 2019 Global Student Satisfaction Awards are a joint project by Studyportals, IELTS, Shorelight and US News Global Education with the media support of the Pie News.

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Overall satisfaction

How would you rate your overall study experience?

Student-teacher interaction

How helpful, engaged and interested were your teachers with you?

Quality of student life

How was your everyday life? Especially when thinking about the city where you lived, did it satisfy your needs and expectations?

Career development

Did the university provide support for your career development?

Student diversity

How diverse/friendly was the atmosphere at your university?

Admission process

How simple was it to apply to your programme? Was the information you found on the website clear enough?

Give the gift of education

Amplify your university's voice

Your alumni are your best ambassadors. The medals are based on the voices of your students, who are sharing their earnest experiences.

Global recognition

Get the world to recognise the quality of your education and establish yourself as a leader in the field.

The best-fitting students

Students look for the right university for them. By showcasing the medals, you signal to them where you excel and what impact you will have on their study experience and aspirations.

About the Awards

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Display your digital medals proudly 

An all-student jury

The medals are student-powered and are given to the best universities according to them, no matter the size or history of your institution.

For every four new study experiences collected for the Global Student Satisfaction Awards, Studyportals donates a book to Knowledge for Children - an organisation that provides quality education for children in the rural areas of Africa.

Take part

Real stories have never been more important for prospective students. Feature your medals on your university page to inspire the next generation of international students.



Award Ceremony Gallery

United States Institute of Peace, Washington, DC

May 29th, 2019  

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The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. It is an open call to both students and universities to contribute to the transparency of study choice, and the quality of education worldwide.

Studyportals is inviting students to review their study programme and share their abroad experiences. In this way, we aim to give recognition to the best educators and award those universities which have achieved the highest student satisfaction ratings.


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Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

The winners of the 2019 Global Student Satisfaction Awards were announced during the annual NAFSA conference.