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International Students Rate Norway as Top Country in Europe

by Ray Clancy on October 22, 2016

Want to attend university abroad? New research might help you decide on your decision.

International students rate Norway as top in terms of satisfaction, followed by Ireland, Poland, Finland, and the UK to round out the top five – this according to a report from Study Portals.

read-studentStudents were asked by Study Portals, which compares options across universities in Europe, to rate their overall experience out of 10. Norway was given 9.26 out of 10 in the survey, with Ireland getting 9.19, Poland 9.09, Finland 9.07 and the UK 9.05. The only other country to score over nine was Slovenia with 9.01.

At the bottom of the rankings for the fourth year in a row was France with a score of 8.19. Also languishing at the bottom was Turkey with 8.23, Lithuania at 8.65, the Netherlands and Italy both at 8.66 and Greece at 8.67.

The survey also looked at which nationality of students were most satisfied with studying abroad. While France came in last, French students studying in other countries were the most satisfied with a score of 9.03.

Italian students were the next most satisfied studying in another country with a score of 8.98, followed by students from Greece with 8.95, Spanish students at 8.94 and those from the Czech Republic at 8.91.

The International Student Satisfaction Awards 2016 were based on 15,965 student reviews on 53 different European universities. Spain had the biggest number of winning universities with 27, followed by Germany with 15.

The organisation predicts that Poland could become more popular with international students, as this marks the first time it made the top five. Students generally had positive things to say about the country, commenting that they had a nice experience, cities are great, people are friendly and housing is cheap.

Scandinavia is also very popular with Norway in top position, Finland fourth, Sweden seventh and Denmark eighth. The report says these nations offer solid and high quality education with many courses in English. Scandinavian schools that ranked as outstanding include the University of Oslo, Lund University in Sweden, the Technical University of Denmark and the University of Tampere in Finland.

Students found their fellow classmates very helpful and their teachers highly skilled, and they were fond of the diverse landscape. But the cold in winter and short days were regarded as a downside when studying in Scandinavian countries.

In Ireland, students were impressed with the diverse international student community, the well organised campuses that were ready for exchange students, and the great foundation that was laid for their future careers. The students also commented on the Irish population being very friendly and hospitable.

Ireland had two universities rated as outstanding; University College in Cork and Mary Immaculate College at the University of Limerick. The UK had six excellent rated universities; the University of Edinburgh, the University of Manchester, the University of Leeds, the University of Liverpool, the University of Portsmouth and the University of Sheffield.

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