International students endorse Edinburgh

Edinburgh offers the best learning experience in Scotland for overseas students, a new poll reveals.

The annual International Student Barometer survey rates Edinburgh first in Scotland and fourth in the UK for its campus, student safety and location.

Some 95 per cent of surveyed students stated that Edinburgh was a 'good place to be'.

The quality of Edinburgh’s lecturers is shown to be a highlight of the student experience.

The survey questioned 143,000 students across 172 universities and 18 nations. Nearly 5000 international students at Edinburgh completed the review. 

First in Scotland

The University’s overall living experience is ranked as second in the world and first in Scotland and the UK.

Edinburgh has more international students – 91 per cent – satisfied with their university experience than any other Scottish university.

The survey also finds that students at Edinburgh are more likely to recommend their university to other international students.

Student Experience

The most important factors when choosing to attend university are cited as institutional reputation, course title and research quality.

Edinburgh’s student support facilities are also praised, with 91 per cent of those polled satisfied with their student support experience.

International Students

Overseas students at Edinburgh total 14,800, making up 42 per cent of the University’s student body. 

Some 137 nationalities chose to study at Edinburgh in 2015/16 – representing two-thirds of the world’s countries.

Opinions Matter

The International Student Barometer tracks the opinions and experiences of students studying outside their home country.

It asks students about decision-making, expectations, perceptions and study intentions.

The survey tracks students through the application process and throughout their time at the University.

The International Student Barometer results demonstrate that Edinburgh continues to be one of the most appealing universities worldwide for international students. Our ranking of second in the world for students' overall living experience is testament to the unique learning and cultural experience the University of Edinburgh provides.

Edinburgh is a truly global university and we will continue to improve the student experience to ensure that all students from the UK and around the world have the best environment to make the most of their studies and achieve great innovation and international impact from research. 

Professor Charlie JefferySenior Vice Principal - The University of Edinburgh