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International students have ranked the University of Amsterdam (UvA) first in the Netherlands for being 'a good place to be'. With a rating above 97%, the Faculty of Humanities scores particularly high in this category. Furthermore, the Faculty performed particularly well in a number of ‘Learning’ subcategories like ‘Expert lecturers’, ‘Academics’ English’, ‘Quality of lectures', ‘Course content’ and ‘Language support’.

These findings are the outcome of the International Student Barometer (ISB), an independent survey in which international students, both exchange as well as degree-seeking Bachelor’s and Master’s students, were asked about their experiences at foreign universities and universities of applied sciences. The ISB assessments are made on the basis of three main categories: Learning, Living and Support. 

‘Learning’ category

According to the ISB, 89% of the international students of the Faculty of Humanities are satisfied with the teaching (‘Learning’) at the Faculty. The Faculty performed particularly well with scores between 91% and 95% in a number of ‘Learning’ subcategories: ‘Expert lecturers’, ‘Academics’ English’, ‘Quality of lectures', ‘Course content’ and ‘Language support’. There are also areas under the ‘Learning’ category where the Faculty needs to make improvements, as students are less satisfied about the following aspects: feedback and marking criteria, and career advice by academics. Overall, 91% of international students indicated they are satisfied with the Faculty of Humanities and 84% would recommend the Faculty to others, with more students willing to actively encourage others to apply than years prior.

The place to be

The average satisfaction of the ‘Living’ category of the Faculty of Humanities is 85%. With a score above 90%, the Faculty is ranked particularly well in a number of the ‘Living’ subcategories: ‘Safety’, ‘Other friends’ and ‘Good place to be’. In general, the UvA performs less well in the categories ‘Finding accommodation’ and ‘Financial support’. Providing adequate housing in Amsterdam remains a problem on account of the city’s growing popularity among professionals, students and tourists. The UvA is currently working closely with local government to find lasting solutions.

About the ISB

The International Student Barometer is the largest annual survey of international students worldwide and is compiled by the International Graduate Insight Group (I-graduate). The latest survey (ISB Autumn 2017) was held in 17 countries. A total of 120 universities and universities of applied sciences worldwide participated in the ISB, including 32 European and 8 Dutch institutions of higher education.

The latest ISB survey was presented to all international students at the UvA, 2347 of whom took part (a response rate of 39%). The response rate of the Faculty of Humanities is 19%.