International students rated their experience at University of Tartu award-worthy


StudyPortals, which introduces study programmes all over the world, conducted a feedback survey among international students which evaluated the level of universities all over the world from the perspective of international students. Excellent reviews earned the University of Tartu the StudyPortals International Student Satisfaction Award.

Based on the reviews left on the biggest student experience website, international students rated the University of Tartu with 9+ out of 10.

“With a record number of students choosing to study abroad this year, it’s becoming increasingly important that universities focus even more on making sure that students have the best possible experience. Students are more critical about where they would like to get their degree from, and the experience of other peers plays an important role in this decision,” said CEO of StudyPortals Edwin van Rest.

University of Tartu’s Vice Rector for Academic Affairs Mart Noorma says that feedback and its analysis is important for the university because only then can we develop the university together and improve quality.

“We can learn from positive feedback too. The International Student Satisfaction Award shows that within international competition, the University of Tartu is moving in the right direction with developing the study environment, incl. study methods and curricula, and the town of Tartu is moving in the right direction with developing the living environment. But we must not get complacent. On the contrary, the international higher education field is developing rapidly which is why it is important that we consistently introduce new practices in our studies, offer international students a modern living environment and a socialising programme which are unique in student town Tartu. Be it the UT International Student Ambassadors project or the ESN network with its strong community.”

According to Noorma, this high award is praise for the whole university family because sharing personal lessons and experience with new potential international students is one of the most honest forms of feedback which future international students will take into account when choosing a university.

“The university employees’ dedication in receiving international students, adjusting and supporting them plays an important role in feedback. Personal interest in the student’s wellbeing and a small conversation can sometimes go a long way in helping the student maintain motivation to study, discover, participate in a project that promotes development in society or get acquainted with Estonian culture and language,” said Noorma and added that local and international students are important partners for the university with whom to cooperate and whose feedback, whether constructive criticism or praise, should be taken into account.

StudyPortals International Student Satisfaction Awards 2015 are based on over 133,000 reviews by international students from all over the world. These reviews provide rare insights into universities’ performance from a student’s perspective. The universities included in the award had to have received more than 15 reviews since the last academic year. Institutions were awarded an outstanding student satisfaction award if their average rating was 9.5 or higher out of 10.

Source: University of Tartu