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Where are the happiest international postgraduate students located?

Students are most satisfied living in UK, Australia, New Zealand, the US and Canada.


Always wanted to know which are the best places for you to study and build a career?


Ever wondered where international postgraduate students are the most happy?


New student satisfaction data released by the International Student Barometer based on responses collated from more than 350,000 students studying at over 800 universities in the UKAustraliaCanadaNew Zealand and the US


Here’s what you need to know...


  • 86% of students would recommend the UK
  • The UK also has the highest satisfaction rates for the research student experience, ranking number one in 47 of 85 indicators including course content, expert supervisors and research
  • Australia and New Zealand have higher levels of student satisfaction in the learning environment for research degrees than for those on taught degrees
  • Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand all have high safety satisfaction levels, but the US is perceived to be the least safe country
  • Postgraduate researchers in the US are significantly more satisfied with their opportunities to teach than those anywhere else in the world
  • The UK rates the highest for multicultural environment in the learning experience
  • The satisfaction with social activities also varies for the different countries, with
  • The US and the UK coming are top for social activities while New Zealand and Australia lagging behind
  • International students in the UK are far more satisfied with UK culture than students elsewhere

After reading this article you’ll notice that the UK has performed well in a lot of areas for postgraduate student satisfaction. It’s worth noting though that all five countries rate highly for “being a good place to be” – so all are equally amazing options. Now it’s just up to you where you choose!


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