International students have become more positive about Erasmus University Rotterdam. Satisfaction has particularly improved with respect to the learning experience, reception and living experience. This is apparent from the annual International Student Barometer (ISB), the survey among international students about their satisfaction with their place of study. For the ISB, over 1700 international students at Erasmus University gave their opinion about the education programme, living experience, support and reception.
The independent survey conducted by I-Graduate shows that international students are satisfied with Erasmus University. Overall Erasmus University is the third ranking Dutch institution of higher education (last year: 8th place). Most students would recommend Erasmus University to others. <media 2112198>Worldwide,</media> EUR is ranked 63 (out of 183 participating institutions).
In the areas living experience, reception and learning experience, EUR scores well in the most recent ISB. Of the eight participating Dutch institutions, international students of Erasmus University give the living experience and reception the highest score. This is apparent for example when it comes to social contacts and the quality of the accommodation. EUR is also ranked highly for its study climate. In answer to the question ‘How satisfied are you about your living experience?’, international students at Erasmus University are the most positive of all international students in the Netherlands.
The education programme in Rotterdam also receives a positive assessment. For example, international students appreciate the academic English most, compared with other participating Dutch universities. The education programme in Rotterdam is also regarded as multicultural.
Internationalisation is an important theme in Erasmus University’s strategy presented last year, Impact & Relevance. Therefore, the university is investing in support for international students and more and more education programmes in English are being introduced. The aim is also to create an attractive campus with international allure. Erasmus University has around five thousand international students from 134 countries.
The ISB tracks and compares the manner of decision making, expectations, perceptions and intentions of international students. For this ISB, conducted in the autumn of 2014, more than 160,000 students worldwide were surveyed, including nearly 7000 at Dutch institutions.