This year’s survey yielded responses from 160,000 students from 196 universities in 17 countries. For the most part, Linköping University (LiU) gets high marks. For instance, 90% of respondents would recommend LiU to others.
The education is good, with the lecture theatres, laboratories and in particular the teachers’ English skills getting a thumbs-up. There is a broad selection of social activities, although the international students would like to have more contact with Swedish students.
Once again, Linköping University’s strong environmental profile rates very highly in international comparison. LiU ranks first in Sweden and second in the world, in the category ‘eco-friendly attitude’.
The international students at LiU also give high marks to the International Office and the help they receive when looking for accommodation. However, and this also applies to many Swedish universities, they would like to see more contact with the labour market and better opportunities for earning money alongside their studies.
According to the study, international students choose Linköping University primarily for its strength in research and its interesting educational programmes. Sweden is perceived as a peaceful, stable country to live in. When choosing a university, students are influenced most of all by the information on the university’s website, and by friends and alumni.
“We are delighted that once again, our international students have rated Linköping University very highly. Many people, including LiU’s staff and student union representatives, have helped ensure these good results. We can be very proud that 90 per cent of the students recommend LiU,” says Deputy Vice-Chancellor Karin Fälth-Magnusson.
What is the International Student Barometer?
ISB is an online benchmark survey, conducted by the British company I-Graduate. It is one of the world’s largest surveys, containing questions regarding learning, living, support and arrival. Each participating institution is informed of their benchmark position. Participants do not receive any information regarding other institutions. Students across all levels and all years of study complete the survey.