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’ STeXX.eu 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’.
|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
|KTH Royal Institute of Technology||29||9+||Excellent|
|University of Gothenburg||28||9+||Excellent|
|Stockholm University||36||8+||Very good|
Table 2. Overview of awarded Swedish Universities
|Technical University of Denmark (DTU)||50||9.5+||Outstanding|
|University of Copenhagen||35||8+||Very good|
|University of Southern Denmark||34||8+||Very good|
Table 3. Overview of awarded Danish Universities
|University of Tampere||25||9.5+||Outstanding|
|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.
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