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'Newcastle University is the place to be' - our international students

 'Newcastle University is the place to be' - our international students
Newcastle University campus. Photograph by John Donoghue

Results from the autumn 2013 International Student Barometer (ISB) survey reveal Newcastle's overall satisfaction score is 92%, a 2% rise on the previous year.

Furthermore, 88% of our students are so impressed with their time here that they would recommend it to friends and family - a figure that is well ahead of the ISB average score of 82%. Our efforts to make international students' arrival in the UK easy and their experience enjoyable have translated into the ISB results, with students indicating:

We are home to a diverse and cosmopolitan community of 6,000 international students representing 110 nationalities. Ivan Lazarov, a Media and Public Relations MA student from Bulgaria, said: "I had an offer from several universities in the UK. However, Newcastle immediately emerged as my top choice for the combination of academic excellence, attractive living costs and a vibrant student community.

"My tutors are leaders in their areas and have equipped me to gain practical skills, knowledge and confidence. The Careers Service enabled me to get involved in a number of extracurricular projects and a work placement. I also started an internship in Newcastle University, which has helped me develop professionally and complements my academic training."

We were ranked first out of 15 participating Russell Group universities across a number of areas including registration, living costs, financial support, work experience, careers service, personal tutors and IT support.

The ISB is the biggest survey of its kind, covering 178 higher education institutions in 13 countries and the opinions of more than 140,000 students. The questionnaire, run by independent research company i-graduate, provides bench mark scores against groupings of other institutions on four main elements of the international student experience: arrival, learning, living and support.

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published on: 28 April 2015