December 07, 2005

International student influences

Interesting snippet in the Times Higher on 2nd Dec: International students report the following influences – in order – on their choice of UK university:-

  1. Word of mouth
  2. Institutional web site
  3. Access to the internet when at university
  4. Good IT facilities
  5. Feeling 'safe and secure'
  6. Good teaching
  7. Library facilities
  8. Academic content on courses

Nearly half the students surveyed were dissatisfied with the cost of accommodation, low levels of financial support via bursaries, employment opportunities and experience, and university careers services.


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  1. This may not even be limited to international students. My brother is applying to UCAS after four years in the army, for sports courses. He's found four that interest him – I mentioned that Loughborough, in my limited knowledge, has a high reputation for sport, so he decided to take a look (that's 1. ticked, then). He couldn't find any sports courses listed for Loughborough on the UCAS website himself – a little prompting from someone more used to these things (me) found one listed eventually. Then, he loaded their (Loughborough's) website to find out about the course – on their front page, there was no obvious 'courses'-related link, or entry in the index, so after a few clicks he gave up. He took the course off his list of applications. That's 2. ticked.

    Maybe he takes some of the blame – I could have found the course, if I'd been interested. But in the end, he didn't apply, because course information wasn't obvious from the front page of their website.

    20 Dec 2005, 12:18

  2. Well, to be fair, a lot of UK students find campus visits important. So when international students like myself can't physically wander around a uni, we check out online tours and website information. A website is hugely important; it tells you how much the uni values its technology, its presentation and appearance, its accessibility, etc. It's comforting to know that your uni life can be easily and efficiently organized online.

    I am a bit shocked at the low importance attributed to good teaching and academic content on courses, though. My personal order for this list would be 1. Good teaching, 2. Academic content on courses, 3. Website

    23 Dec 2005, 18:33

  3. By the way, I have to admit I'm disappointed in the teaching at warwick so far, ok with the academic content, and quite happy with the website. So, 3 2 1.

    25 Dec 2005, 02:17

  4. John Dale

    It's interesting that you can distinguish between the academic content and the teaching. I would have thought that the two would be so bound up with each other that it would be hard to separate them.

    28 Dec 2005, 13:36

  5. no, like, my philosophy lecturer really isn't what i was hoping for, but the material is challenging and cool when I get into it on my own

    30 Dec 2005, 23:52

  6. Dennis Howlett

    There's another side to this. Potential employers will, I'm sure, look at blog entries from students to assist in determining 1. academic quality of the uni concerned 2. degree to which students can articulate themselves. And that's just for starters.

    03 Jan 2006, 12:21


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