Antonia Raileanu
9 years ago

International student satisfaction in Europe


[REPORT] Have you ever wondered what international students see as important when they are studying abroad? How important academic aspects are compared to the atmosphere of city they are studying in? Or even if external factors like the weather make a difference?

The answers to all these questions can be found in the reports on international student satisfaction by Studyportals, which are also the foundation of our Student Satisfaction Awards. Through the awards, we recognise the best universities, from the perspective of international students, based on reviews and comments left on the student experience exchange platform, allows students to give their study abroad experience a score out of 10, and then give their reasons for giving that score – essentially revealing whether or not they were happy with the experience, and why. With thousands of these comments available, it was possible to make an in-depth analysis of what international students in Europe are content with, and where they would like to see improvements.

As well as giving us an idea of general student satisfaction, the report also allows us to find out which are the most highly rated universities in Europe, as well as the top universities for student satisfaction in each country. Based on this, we will be giving a Studyportals Award for International Student Satisfaction to those universities which have achieved very high student ratings. The award is given only to universities that received sufficient reviews and consistently achieved outstanding to very good student reviews on Studyportals’ study experience website The winning institutes are divided by country (country winners) and located all over Europe.

Below you can see the reports and awards per year.

2016     2015     2014    2013

In the media

September 2015 – Times Higher Education – Ireland’s universities top international student satisfaction rankings

September 2015 – The Independent – International students in Europe are happier with their experience in Ireland as the UK comes last, findings show

September 2015 – The Local Denmark – Denmark ranked fourth in student satisfaction

September 2015 – The Local France – Foreign students rank France ‘worst in Europe’

April 2015 – Voice of America – Survey Shows the Way for Schools to Keep International Students Happy

November 2014 – Eurogates News – Students very satisfied with degree programmes at Hanze UAS, Groningen | RU

October 2013 – La Repubblica – Università, a Bologna l’ateneo preferito dagli studenti esteri

August 2013 – Times Higher Education – UK 13th in Europe for overseas student satisfaction

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