Survey ranks Glasgow 1st in UK for international student satisfaction

Published: 1 November 2011

The University of Glasgow has been ranked 1st in the UK for satisfaction in a survey of international students.

The University of Glasgow has been ranked 1st in the UK for satisfaction in a worldwide survey of international students.

An impressive 96% of our international students agree that Glasgow is 'a good place to be', according to the International Student Barometer 2011.

International students also report 94 per cent satisfaction with the University’s expert lecturers, and 91 per cent of final year students are satisfied with their learning experience.

There are a number of stand-out points for the University which once again performs very well against other UK and Russell Group institutions:

  • Ranked 1st in the whole survey for social activities (84.2%)
  • Best online library in UK (92.8%)
  • Best sports facilities in the UK (93.1%)
  • Best learning experience in Russell Group
  • Ranked 1st in Russell Group for quality lectures (86.9%)
  • Highest-rated International Office, Registry, Finance Office, Disability Support and Catering in Russell Group

Taking all the ratings for learning, living and support experience together the University is 1st in the UK and third in the whole ISB survey.

The survey, which is the largest of its kind, canvasses international students' views on the teaching, services and the overall experience of their chosen university.

Professor Andrea Nolan, Senior Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, said: "The feedback from our international students has been excellent and we are delighted to have been ranked first in the UK for satisfaction.

"We've listened to what our students have had to say in previous years and continued to focus on improving our facilities, services and learning experience for them.

"We are committed to providing a great environment and high quality teaching so it is very rewarding to know that  the efforts of all our staff, particularly our lecturing staff, are so highly valued and appreciated."

The summer 2011 survey compared Glasgow against 65 international universities, 44 UK institutions, 12 Russell Group universities, and six Scottish institutions.

The survey also revealed that 82% of international students would recommend Glasgow as a study destination to their friends and 12% wish to stay on for further study.

Students also made positive comments about the city and Scotland, praising the culture, activities and overall experience of Glasgow, the country and its people.

The survey is conducted by i-graduate International Insight Group and is used by 270 higher education institutions around the world.

For more information contact Stuart Forsyth in the University of Glasgow Media Relations Office on 0141 330 4831 or email

Data is taken from the International Student Barometer Summer 2011, International Graduate Insight Group Ltd.

First published: 1 November 2011