Would you recommend studying abroad to your friends?

More than 17,000 students who have had the opportunity to study abroad were asked that question. 86% of them rated their experience as very good, and only 7% gave a score of less than 6.

This is one of the findings of the International Student Satisfaction Awards 2015 report carried out by StudyPortals. The students’ positive assessment is a clear indication that studying abroad is considered a great experience though, according to them, there are still areas for improvement.

Comparing country results, Hungarian, Belgian and Italian students are the most satisfied with their study abroad experience, while Spanish students rank seventh with a satisfaction level of 8.35.

But how to foreign-exchange students assess their study-abroad experience in Spain? Those who have had the opportunity to study in Spain considered it to be a good place to study because of the cultural opportunities, the dedication of the teachers, the international community, the good weather and the hospitality and kindness of the Spaniards. However, they believe that there are aspects that could be improved with regards to academics, including teachers’ level of English, the number of students per class and academic requirements, which are lower than expected.

On the other hand, Spain is the country with the highest number of award-winning universities in the “International Student Satisfaction Awards 2015” report. In all, 24 universities received very positive ratings from students, ahead of Germany (17) and Italy (11). 4 of the 24 universities – University of Barcelona, University of Oviedo, University of Salamanca and University Carlos III of Madrid – received the “Excellent Award” while the other 20 received the “Very Good Award”:

  • Polytechnic University of Valencia
  • University Pompeu Fabra
  • Autonomous University of Madrid
  • Complutense University of Madrid
  • University Pablo de Olavide
  • University Rey Juan Carlos
  • University of Vigo
  • Autonomous University of Barcelona
  • University of Alcalá
  • University of Alicante
  • University of Cádiz
  • University of Granada
  • University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
  • University of Malaga
  • University of Murcia
  • University of Seville
  • University of Valencia
  • University of Valladolid
  • University of Zaragoza

Would you like to know what students think about their study-abroad experiences in countries such as Germany, Italy, France, the United Kingdom or the Netherlands? You can read the reports here.