International Students Still Recommend the UK

Jul 14, 2017 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

In spite of Brexit, the UK is still a desirable study destination for international students.

A new 2017 study, published by Universities UK International, The UK’s Competitive Advantage, found that international students in the UK have higher levels of satisfaction than their global peers. 

The study revealed that 86 percent of international undergraduates in the UK are “very likely” to recommend the UK as a study destination.  This figure is three percentage points higher than results in 2008. 

What’s refreshing for the UK?  These numbers are higher than other significant global study destinations like the US, Canada, Australia, Germany, and the Netherlands.

The report also shows that the UK is number one for student satisfaction, with 91 percent of international students reporting that they are “satisfied.” 

Learning environment, arrival and orientation, living, and support services come in at the top at the undergraduate level, too.

Choosing a university in the UK is highly rated, also.  The report shows that the top factor influencing a student’s study location is the university’s website.

In terms of specifically selecting the UK, the university’s reputation is an international student’s most important factor at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels.  For postgraduates, the major factor is the quality of the research at the institution. 

The study examined responses of over 137,000 international students across all levels of higher education from the UK and its main competitors for international students: the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany, and the Netherlands.

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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