The basics
Study abroad : Latest News

Press release: introducing the Hotcourses Diversity Index (HDI)

Search culturally diverse campuses across the world with the HDI or find peers from your own country with the Feel at Home Index - a brand new tool from Hotcourses

839

International students now have access to a unique tool that allows them to see the most culturally diverse student campuses thanks to data collated by Hotcourses. The Hotcourses Diversity Index (HDI) uses official government data to demonstrate the mix of student nationalities at institutions across the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand.

 

An additional aspect of the tool is the Feel at Home Index, which allows students to understand the proportion of international students at a university that are of their own nationality. This information is filterable by subject area, study level, destination and/or university and is designed to help students make the most informed choice.

 

For many students, having access to a multicultural community is a vital part of studying abroad. Ngoc Tran from Vietnam who studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, said: “Even though I am the only one that comes from Vietnam […] I have never felt isolated and lonely but always surrounded by lovely international friends that give me so much advice and help during the course.”

 

Other students value the chance to find their own native communities while studying abroad. Shree Suriya from Sri Lanka spoke about his experience at an Australian university: “I have a lot of friends from my country so life is not that bad. At least it is good to talk to someone from your country. I hardly miss home and the food as we take up turns while cooking. We live together so it is easy.”

 

Andrew Wharton, Managing Director, Hotcourses International, said: “We have a simple mission - to simplify and personalise global study choice. This latest addition to our suite of tech tools furthers the guidance we offer international students to help them make the right choice.

 

“Whether a student seeks a culturally diverse campus experience or prefers the ‘safety in numbers’ of studying amongst fellow countrymen, our Diversity Index is unique in its ability to provide an immediate and comparable oversight of the nationality mix of universities’ student bodies.

 

“With the need to diversify a strategic imperative for many universities, the tool also offers universities a view of how they compare to their country and global peers.”

 

Where are the most diverse universities?

Country

Institution

Total international student nationalities

The UK

University of Westminster

169

The US

Houston Community College

151

Australia

University of Sydney

144

New Zealand

University of Auckland

53

 

UK top 10 most diverse universities

 


University

Total international student nationalities

Total international students

1

University of Westminster

169

8429

2

University of Greenwich

168

7547

3

Kingston University

156

8061

4

Open University

155

9666

5

Middlesex University

155

8604

6

King’s College London, University of London

154

10088

7

University of East London

154

5564

8

City University London

152

9518

9

London Metropolitan University

151

5972

10

Brunel University London

150

6120

 

US top 10 most diverse universities

 


University

Total international student nationalities

Total international students

1

Houston Community College

151

4894

2

New York University

147

13329

3

Columbia University

146

12410

4

Northeastern University

143

11037

5

Harvard University

142

5920

6

University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus

141

8628

7

Pennsylvania State University – University Park Campus

138

10216

8

Florida International University – University Graduate School

137

3921

9

Northern Virginia Community College

137

2011

10

University of Florida

135

6250

 

Methodology

Where institutions have equal numbers of international student nationalities, those with a greater number of overall international students are positioned higher in the table.

 

The Hotcourses Diversity Index uses data from:
The UK > the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
The US > The Institute of International Education (IIE)

Australia > Australian Government Department of Education & Training
New Zealand > New Zealand Ministry for Education


Click here to see an explanation of the methodology in full.

Search for a course

Choose a country
Study level*
About Author

Katie Duncan is Editor of Hotcourses Abroad and is an NCTJ-qualified journalist and University of Exeter graduate. Having worked at an English language school in the UK, as an educational consultant in Spain and as a reporter in the international education sector, she is well placed to guide you through your study abroad journey. Katie grew up in Australia, which perhaps explains her unusual reptile collection, comprising of a bearded dragon (Bill) and tortoise (Matilda).