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International students have rated the University very highly
International students have rated the University very highly

Press Release - 01 December 2008

International students rate University

Results from the Summer 2008 International Student Barometer (ISB) survey show that the University of Bath ranks very highly as a ‘good place to be’ in comparison to other institutions taking part in the research and that 88 per cent of international students are satisfied with their experience of living, learning and support.

The ISB measures international student satisfaction twice a year in more than 90 institutions worldwide, the majority of which are in the UK. The Summer Wave took place in May and 25 per cent of international students at the University responded.

As a result of recent improvements at the University, the library, IT support desk and internet access scored highly in the survey and put the University in pole position among the 14 participating 1994 group institutions (a grouping of 18 internationally renowned UK research-intensive universities).

Sports facilities and safety also achieved high levels of satisfaction where Bath ranked second and third within this group.

"We are very pleased that 82 per cent of international students at Bath would encourage others to apply," said Nicola Peacock, International Student Support Manager.

"There are, of course, still areas where there is room for improvement including the bus service, our catering provision and academic feedback.

"Unsurprisingly, and less within our direct control, work experience, living costs and the price of accommodation continue to generate dissatisfaction across the UK and at Bath. Here we must strive to manage expectations as best we can."

Ian Jamieson, Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning & Teaching added: "If the University is to maintain its position as an important destination for overseas students, then we must take action to improve those aspects where we are performing less well."

The survey was carried out by i-graduate, an independent benchmarking and research service.

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