Danish universities are ahead of the pack when it comes to meeting the needs of international students.
The 2015 edition of Study Portal's International Student Satisfaction published this week has rated Denmark as the fourth best destination country for education, following Ireland, Finland and Sweden.
With Norway at number eight, four of the top ten countries were in the Nordics.
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Ireland took the top spot with an impressive 9.04 average in the student ranking. At the other end of the spectrum was France, which with an 8.2 average was the worst rated country, marred by complaints of poor student services and excessive bureaucracy.
Student satisfaction in Europe and Number of Awarded institutions. Graphic: StudyPortals
Nordic universities had an average satisfaction score of 8.9.
“Scandinavian universities still rule the top places in terms of international student satisfaction. Scandinavian universities were particularly appreciated for the well-organized student services, high levels of academic requirements, and students even appreciated the extreme weather conditions, yet would have preferred slightly lower costs of living,” a Study Portals press release read.
Perhaps because they've got it so good at home, Scandinavian students reported the lowest level of satisfaction when studying abroad.
Five Danish universities rated as ‘Excellent’
Five Danish universities were ranked as 'excellent’ in the survey, besting the three countries ahead of Denmark on the overall satisfaction list. universities in the ranking, beating the numbers of the three first countries on the list. Among the 18 countries ranked, only Germany had more 'excellent' universities than Denmark, with six. Sweden's University of Gothenburg was the only Nordic university to get the distinction of 'outstanding'.
Danish Universities in alphabetical order. Graphic : StudyPortals.
The Technical University of Denmark (DTU) was picked as the Denmark's best overall university in the country, followed by VIA University College in Horsens and the University of Copenhagen. Aalborg University and Aarhus University were also rated as ‘excellent’ by a total of 223 international student reviews.
The University of Southern Denmark was rated as ‘very good’ with an overall grade of 8+.
The StudyPortals International Student Satisfaction Awards 2015 were based on 17,018 students reviews. The full results of the latest study will be announced next week in Glasgow.