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Norway climbs to the top of international student satisfaction


Eindhoven, 21 September 2016 – Scandinavian countries put themselves back on top of the leader board by scoring exceptionally well on international student satisfaction in 2016. Norway climbs to the top of the list and hosts the most satisfied students in Europe, overtaking all other European countries, including Ireland – last year’s winner of the Studyportals International Student Satisfaction Awards. With Norway as a winning country scoring a 9.3, followed by Finland in 4th place, Sweden in 7th place and Denmark in 8th position, Scandinavian universities maintain their reputation of high student satisfaction characterised by offering solid and high-quality education to their students.

The availability of many courses in English accessible for exchange students was considered a very positive aspect within Scandinavian countries. Furthermore, the friendly and helpful fellow students, skilled professors and the diverse landscape were a definite plus for international students. However, the cold temperatures and the lack of daylight in the winter were considered a negative point of studying in Scandinavian countries.

The Studyportals International Student Satisfaction Awards 2016 are based on 15,965 reviews written by international students on our ‘student experience platform’ during the academic year of 2015-2016. This year, 153 universities all over Europe have qualified for an award. Spain has the largest number of winning universities (27), followed by Germany with 15 winning universities in 2016.

In every country, one university has received an ‘Outstanding International Student Satisfaction Award’: Technical University of Denmark, (DTU), Denmark; University of Tampere, Finland; University of Oslo, Norway; Lund University, Sweden. 12 other Scandinavian universities received an ‘Excellent International Student Satisfaction Award’, 8 other Scandinavian universities received a ‘Very Good International Student Satisfaction Award’.

Norway Reviews Score Award
University of Oslo 26 9.5+ Outstanding
Norwegian University of Science and Technology 41 9+ Excellent
University of Bergen 35 9+ Excellent

Table 1. Overview of awarded Norwegian Universities

Sweden Reviews Score Award
Lund University 31 9.5+ Outstanding
KTH Royal Institute of Technology 29 9+ Excellent
Linköping University 60 9+ Excellent
Linnaeus University 41 9+ Excellent
University of Gothenburg 28 9+ Excellent
Stockholm University 36 8+ Very good

Table 2. Overview of awarded Swedish Universities

Denmark Reviews Score Award
Technical University of Denmark (DTU) 50 9.5+ Outstanding
Aarhus University 54 9+ Excellent
University of Copenhagen 35 8+ Very good
University of Southern Denmark 34 8+ Very good

Table 3. Overview of awarded Danish Universities

Finland Reviews Score Award
University of Tampere 25 9.5+ Outstanding
Aalto University 24 9+ Excellent
Haaga-Helia University of Applied Sciences 23 9+ Excellent
University of Eastern Finland 37 9+ Excellent
University of Jyväskylä 52 9+ Excellent
University of Oulu 30 9+ Excellent
Tampere University of Applied Sciences 85 8+ Very good
Turku University of Applied Sciences (TUAS) 26 8+ Very good
University of Helsinki 63 8+ Very good
University of Turku 37 8+ Very good
University of Vaasa 27 8+ Very good

Table 4. Overview of awarded Finnish Universities

The full results of the Studyportals International Student Satisfaction Awards 2016 were announced on the 21st of September following the yearly EAIE conference in Liverpool.


Figure 1. International Student Satisfaction: Winning Countries


Figure 2. International Student Satisfaction: Most Satisfied Students 


Table 5. International Student Satisfaction in Europe and number of awarded institutions by destination country.

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About the Awards

The Studyportals International Student Satisfaction Awards 2016 are based on 15,965 comments by international students. These reviews provide rare insights into universities’ performance from a student perspective. The universities included in the award had to receive at least 20 reviews since the last academic year. Institutions with an average rating of 9.5 or higher receive an Award for Outstanding International Student Satisfaction. The Excellent International Student Satisfaction Award will be handed to universities with an average rating of 9.0 or higher. Universities that received a score above 8.0 received a Very Good International Student Satisfaction Award.

For each review left on SteXX, Studyportals supports “Knowledge for Children” – promoting the involvement and self-reliance of local communities in Africa by a financial co-investment concept. The aim: improve the quality of Primary Education and give as many children as possible a better future.

About Studyportals

Studyportals is the international study choice platform, enabling students to find and compare their study options across borders. With over 117,000 published courses from over 2,450 participating universities and over 16 million visitors per year, Studyportals is a leading information source for study seekers. Studyportals was initiated out of an international student organization in 2008 and initially focused on the European education market. Since 2014 the organization (with its headquarters in Eindhoven, the Netherlands) expanded its services and is now also covering universities in the US, Canada and Australia and Asia. For universities, Studyportals is a key channel for international student recruitment.

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