Antonia Raileanu
8 years ago

International Student Satisfaction in Europe 2015


Every year we take a closer look at how satisfied students are with their international study experience within Europe. In doing so, we also decided to recognize the efforts of the best performing universities, with the International Student Satisfaction Awards. For the third year in a row, we are recognizing and rewarding the universities that give their international students their best study experience.

The awards are based on the 17,018 reviews students left during the academic year of 2014-2015 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 – revealing whether or not they were happy with the experience, and why. For those universities for which we received more than 15 responses, we have identified those with very high scores. This year, we are awarding 150 European universities who’ve received a minimal score of 8 based on at least 15 student reviews.

The Categories:

  • Award for Outstanding international student satisfaction: at least 9.5 out of 10
  • Award for Excellent international student satisfaction: between 9 and 9.4 out of 10
  • Award for Very good international student satisfaction: better than an 8 out of 10

On average, it seems that international students are very satisfied with their study experience, giving it an average of 8.6, slightly lower than last year’s average of 8.9. Only 7% of students report a score below 6 to their internationals study experience this year.

The best performing country this year is Ireland, which is joining last year’s winners from Scandinavia: Finland, Sweden and Denmark. Only five universities received an Outstanding International Student Satisfaction Award in 2015: Poznan University of Economics (Poland), Wageningen University (the Netherlands), University of Heidelberg (Germany), Maynooth University (Ireland) and the University of Gothenburg (Sweden). These universities received their awards during the International Student Satisfaction Awards at the EAIE 2015 in Glasgow.

International Student Satisfaction Awards 2015 - Winning Countries (2)

While Ireland and Scandinavia have the highest international student satisfaction, Spain has the highest numbers of winning universities (23), followed by Germany with 17 awarded universities, Italy (11) and the Netherlands (10).

Italian, French, Belgian and Hungarian students are the most satisfied with their international experience, while students from Finland, and the Netherlands are the most dissatisfied with their international study experience. Finnish and Dutch students may be used to higher standards of education, and could have higher expectations while studying abroad.

International Student Satisfaction in Europe - Country of Origin

You can browse through our country pages to see the list of local winners for 2015, as well as the aspects the students enjoyed most during their study experience.

See country reports

In the media

September 2015 – Times Higher Education – Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey 2015 results

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 Pie News – Overseas students in Ireland most satisfied in Europe

September 2015 – – Irish universities give international students the best experience, according to study

September 2015 – Good News Finland – International Students show their satisfaction with Finland

September 2015 – – University of Tartu rated highly by international students

September 2015 – – Veinticuatro universidades españolas, premiadas por los estudiantes internacionales

September 2015 – 20 Minutos – La Universidad de Oviedo, una de las cuatro mejores de España para los estudiantes internacionales

September 2015 – La Provincia – La ULPGC, entre las más valoradas por los estudiantes de intercambio

September 2015 – Reflex – Chystáte se studovat v rámci Erasmu? Vyhněte se Francii

September 2015 – TipFM – Foreign students happy with Irish colleges

September 2015 – Study International News – Irish Universities Come Top in International Student Satisfaction

September 2015 – Western People – Irish universities give international students the best experience

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

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

September 2015 – Media HQ – International students happiest in Ireland (compared to other European countries)

September 2015 – Die Stadtredaktion – Deutsche Universitäten haben Nachholbedarf im Hinblick auf die Zufriedenheit internationaler Studierender

September 2015 – De Morgen – België scoort na Frankrijk het laagst bij internationale studenten

September 2015 – Algemeen Nijmeegs Studentenblad – RU krijgt 8+ van internationale studenten

September 2015 – Study Ideas – International students in Europe are happier with their experience in Ireland

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