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Most satisfied international students in Europe

International students at Umeå University have spoken - and have been heard - that they are the most satisfied in Europe with their overall experience. This is the fifth consecutive year that Umeå placed first in Sweden!

#1 in Europe for Student Satisfaction

Umeå University received a first place overall satisfaction ranking in Europe by international students according to the latest International Student Barometer, a voluntary questionnaire conducted at a total of 159 higher education institutions in 18 countries during the autumn of 2015.

Furthermore, Umeå University received the highest marks of all participating universities in the world for its:

  • Sports facilities
  • Campus environment
  • Social activities
  • Campus buildings
  • International classroom

Umeå University was ranked first in Europe in 35 of the 78 sub-categories (individual questions), including:

  • Learning support
  • Good teachers
  • Course content
  • Multicultural
  • Language support
  • Class size
  • Online library
  • Accommodation cost & quality
  • Accommodation office
  • Social activities
  • Safety
  • Eco-friendly attitude

Highly recommended

87% of survey respondents would recommend people to apply to Umeå University. This was a 1st place ranking in Europe and 10th place globally.

 About the International Student Barometer

The ISB survey was developed and administered by the International Graduate Insight Group (i-graduate) - an independent benchmarking and research service - and has been responded by exchange students and other international students. A total of 141,628 students from 159 institutions in 18 countries participated in the ISB survey during October to December of 2015. Institutions from the United Kingdom were excluded from the global and European benchmark.

Film: Student voices
Student voices

Ahilya Kapley from India, master's in molecular biology student

ISB Autumn 2015 Participants

159 institutions from the following countries:

China (incl. Hong Kong)
New Zealand
South Africa
United Kingdom
United States of America