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14/10/2016 - 08:30

Increased satisfaction among International Students


The University of Iceland receives its fourth acknowledgement from the StudyPortals Association for the year 2016. The association measures student satisfaction whilst studying abroad. The University of Iceland received the grade 9.5+; the highest grade being 10. International students gave the University grade 9+ last year, so contentment is increasing.

The highest satisfaction was among students in Norway, Ireland and Poland. Universities in Scandinavia have received high scores in recent years as well as Ireland, but Poland is new on the list.

Norway received the highest score in the survey but according to the results students appreciate most the quality of teaching and diverse selection of study programmes at Norwegian universities. Furthermore, teaching staff is helpful, open and professional, the student community is good, and the natural environment spectacularly beautiful.

Students studying in Ireland were most content with the diverse community of International students, a well organised university that knew how to welcome new students, providing them with a strong foundation for their future. Students also mentioned how friendly and hospitable the Irish are.

Poland is, for the first time, among the top countries in the survey. The country was appreciated for its lively student environment, great cities, nice people and cheap housing options.

International students at the University of Iceland were happiest with the quality of teaching, good study facilities, great city and majestic nature. Negative aspects were that the country was expensive and difficult to find accommodation.

Quotes from students about their stay at the University of Iceland: 
„It is a very welcoming institution with many exchange students from all around the world! The teaching quality is high and facilities are very good.“

International students seem overall satisfied with their stay abroad and more countries receive a grade of over 9. 

The student survey is in the form of a questionnaire about individual experience of studying abroad. The students give a grade from 0 – 10 giving a rationale for their grade. The universities that receive the best scores receive an acknowledgement from the StudyPortals Award for International Student Satisfaction.

This annual survey provides vital information on the experience of exchange students; what is to their liking and what can be improved. Furthermore, the results facilitate the choice of university for students who wish to study abroad.

Results of the satisfaction survey were introduced at the EAIE conference in Liverpool earlier this month.

See news article from StudyPortals