This indicator looks at the ratio of international students to overall students as well as the diversity of nationalities that those students are from. Many of our rankings use International Student Ratio, and this is a progression of that metric introduced after sustained sector feedback that in addition to the ratio, in order to get a true sense of the diversity of the institutions a lens on national diversity was required. Our QS Europe Ranking seemed like the ideal ranking to introduce this new lens.
If an institution is attracting a sizeable population of international students from a variety of nationalities this has benefits in terms of networking, cultural exchanges, a more diverse learning experience and alumni diversity. Further, if an institution is attracting a sizeable number of overseas students it follows that it is attractive enough to do so.
- The term ‘international’ is determined by citizenship.
- For countries/territories in this ranking, this includes all foreign nationals, even nationals of other EU states.
- In the case of dual citizenship, the deciding criteria should be citizenship obtained through birth, or first passport obtained.
- Offshore exchange students and distance learning students are exclude from the calculations.