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Where are the happiest international postgraduate students?

New data reveals where students are the most satisfied out of the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the US

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Ever wondered where international postgraduate students are the most happy?


New student satisfaction data from the International Student Barometer has weighed up responses from over 350,000 students studying at over 800 universities in the UK, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the US


Here’s what you need to know...


  • 86% of students would recommend the UK (the highest rate of any competitor countries)
  • 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 a fantastic option. Now it’s just up to you where you choose!


What are you waiting for? Start searching for your perfect course in these destinations now!

About Author

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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).