Irish Universities score highly in the International Student Barometer

The overall global satisfaction rate of international students studying across 16 countries who participated in the International Student Barometer (ISB) was 88% with Ireland’s 7 universities ahead on 91%. Areas where the universities collectively scored significantly higher than the international average were Student Support, Language Support, Careers Service, Employability, Opportunities to Teach and Host Culture. The universities welcomed these positive survey results as they will boost the profile of the Irish Universities on the International stage.

The results are based on a survey carried out in the academic year 2011/2012 with over 209,000 international students responding from 238 institutions in 16 countries, including 5408 international students studying at the 7 Irish Universities. The results are particularly meaningful as they are based on the actual opinions of International students studying at Irish Universities.

The International Student Barometer (ISB) is the largest independent annual study of international students in the world, tracking and reporting international student feedback. The ISB tracks decision making, perceptions, expectations and experiences of international students studying at third level institutions.

Commenting on the results, Sinéad Lucey International Education Manager at IUA said. “As the Irish universities continue to internationalise their activities the ISB provides valuable insight on how to evaluate and track the international student experience. We can benchmark performance against other universities and institutions worldwide and ultimately improve the student experience at our Universities”.  Sinéad Lucey will present the Irish University findings at the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) seminar on June 7th. The seminar will be opened by Ciarán Cannon, TD, Minister of State for Training & Skills, Department of Education.




For more information contact: Sinead Lucey, International Education Manager at IUA,, 01 6764948