What rankings are most important to students?

This question found its way into Hobsons’ 2017 International Student Survey (ISS). The survey is notable in part for its scale and reach, and Hobsons was able to compare responses from a sample of just over 34,000 prospective international students over the last three years.

Everything you need to know about the Teaching Excellence Framework

After the release, a Hobsons survey revealed many international students are confused over several aspects of the TEF, with only 21.2 percent reporting an understanding of the scheme. However, despite this misunderstanding, the survey surprisingly revealed most of these students would still use the TEF ratings when deciding on a university.

Student immigration: The gamble of going abroad

A month after the Brexit vote, Hobsons conducted a survey of prospective international students. About one-third said that they were less likely to apply to a UK institution given the Brexit vote.

Summing up motivations for study abroad

Why do students study abroad, and what drives them to choose one destination over another? Several large studies conducted over the past couple of years show that certain motivations are widely present among students the world over.

Ranking the Rankings: How International Students’ Choice of Rankings is Changing

Over the last three years of the International Student Survey we asked prospective students to tell us which rankings they refer to when researching a university. This enables us to look at the relative popularity of the leading university rankings, both globally and within specific nationalities.

International and EU students in higher education in the UK FAQs

This House of Commons briefing paper answers some frequently asked questions about international and EU students in the UK. It sets out statistics in this area and outlines policy issues including the potential impact of Brexit and the net migration target on international and EU student recruitment.

Russell Group: ‘simplistic’ TEF could hit overseas recruitment

The survey of more than 3,000 international students, conducted by the education consultancy company Hobsons after the release of the inaugural TEF results on 22 June, found that just 21.2 per cent of respondents had heard of the TEF.

Brexit leads to the EU transcampus

King’s College London is on course to win the race to be the first British university to set up a post-Brexit campus in the EU. Collaboration between the college and TU Dresden, in the middle of “Silicon Saxony”, is likely to result in a new site for the London institution in Germany.

Renew lobbying efforts, says #WeAreInternational

The creators of the UK’s #WeAreInternational campaign have urged the higher education sector to refresh its commitment to change the government’s policy around international student visas.


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