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International Student Barometer Survey

The International Student Barometer Survey is an annual survey conducted by i-graduate.

International Student Barometer Survey

About the International Student Barometer Survey

The International Student Barometer Survey specifically provides universities with an understanding of the motivations, expectations and experience of international students studying at participating institutions all over the world.

At Teesside University, we use the Survey to gain insights into the experience we offer to our international students, to identify the things we are doing well and to understand where we need to make improvements.

It is divided into four sections learning, living, support and arrival with a series of specific categories within each section.

Participation in the International Student Barometer 2020

In the most recent survey 780 international students at Teesside University took part in the International Barometer Survey, between November 2020 and February 2021. This equated to our highest ever response rate of 52%.

A total of 33,229 students took part globally, giving feedback on their respective institutions.

Below is a selection of the results received about Teesside University based on feedback from our students.

Category Teesside Global 2020 ISB
ARRIVAL AVERAGE 87.5% 80.3%
Pre-arrival info 95.1% 89.0%
First night 92.1% 84.5%
Condition of accommodation on arrival 90.8% 85.1%
ORIENTATION
Virtual onboarding 93.8% 81.2%
Enrolment / academic registration 93.5% 88.8%
Accommodation and living orientation 92.7% 80.1%
Home friends 92.4% 78.3%
Study sense 92.1% 85.3%
Internet access 91.9% 84.9%
Finding my way around the local area 89.9% 79.0%
Accessing online learning materials 89.9% 88.5%
Meeting academic staff 89.6% 85.4%
Finance Department 89.5% 89.5%
Accommodation Office 88.9% 85.7%
Introduction to support services 87.7% 82.9%
Social orientation 87.1% 70.9%
Setting up a bank account 87.0%% 70.7%%
LEARNING AVERAGE 90.4% 85.8%
TEACHING
Academics' English 93.7% 93.1%
Expert lecturers 93.4% 94.3%
Assessment 93.0% 89.3%
Submitting work remotely 92.8% 93.2%
Course content 91.9% 90.4%
The quality of lectures 91.9% 89.2%
Performance feedback 91.7% 84.8%
Marking criteria 90.8% 84.8%
Good teachers 90.6% 89.4%
Communicating with tutors 90.3% 88.3%
Learning support 90.0% 84.4%
The level of research activity 88.7% 87.4%
Course organisation 88.3% 82.7%
STUDIES
Language support 92.8% 89.0%
Topic selection** 92.2% 88.9%
The size of the classes 91.9% 94.1%
Studying with people from other cultures 91.8% 87.5%
Employability 86.2% 79.4%
Communication with Students 84.6% 77.0%
Opportunities for work experience 80.9% 69.1%
Careers advice 79.3% 71.6%
FACILITIES
Learning spaces 94.9% 92.4%
The physical library facilities 93.8% 91.2%
Learning Technology 93.5% 90.4%
Laboratories 92.7% 90.9%
Virtual Learning Environment 91.7% 88.5%
Online Study Materials 90.5% 87.5%
Online library 89.7% 87.3%
On-campus facilities access 86.3% 82.2%
ONLINE LEARNING
Online Tests and exams 93.0% 94.7%
Online Assignments 92.3% 88.3%
Online Tutorials 92.0% 87.4%
Online Lectures 90.7% 86.0%
Online learning resources and library facilities 89.5% 85.6%
Online Group work 85.5% 75.9%
LIVING AVERAGE 85.3% 85.9%
ACCOMMODATION and LIVING COSTS
Access to suitable accommodation 93.3% 85.9%
Internet access on campus 93.3% 91.9%
The quality of accommodation 89.5% 85.5%
Living cost 89.3% 73.4%
Internet access at my accommodation 89.2% 82.9%
The cost of accommodation 79.3% 61.6%
Financial support 71.1% 58.4%
Earning money 69.0% 52.6%
SOCIAL
Making friends from my home country 88.7% 78.9%
Making friends from other countries 81.6% 79.8%
Host culture 80.6% 75.9%
Social facilities 78.6% 73.9%
Making good contacts for the future 77.1% 71.5%
Campus environment 95.8% 94.2%
Campus buildings 95.5% 93.1%
Feeling safe and secure on campus 95.5% 94.4%
Eco-friendly attitude 94.1% 90.9%
Transport between institution locations 93.0% 93.0%
Worship facilities 92.7% 85.8%
The transport links to other places 90.9% 87.0%
Visa advice 89.4% 84.0%
SUPPORT AVERAGE 95.8% 90.9%
Counselling Service 98.7% 88.2%
Graduate School 98.2% 94.6%
Campus eating places 97.6% 87.2%
Library Service 97.3% 93.4%
IT Support 97.3% 92.7%
Students' Union 97.2% 92.1%
Personal Tutors 97.0% 92.7%
Disability Services 96.7% 92.5%
Warden Team 96.6% 92.5%
Int'l Student Advisers - Student Life 96.4% 91.7%
Clubs / Societies 96.0% 89.7%
International Admissions & Compliance 93.7% 91.4%
Accommodation Office 91.9% 84.7%
Finance Department 91.4% 87.2%
Careers Service 91.3% 88.3%
'Overall Average' Satisfaction Scores by School
School % Overall Satisfaction
MIMA School of Art & Design 84.9%
School of Computing, Engineering & Digital Technologies 89.5%
School of Health & Life Sciences 91.0%
School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Law 83.0%
Teesside University International Business School 90.4%
University Total 89.8%

For more information about the International Student Barometer Survey, see https://www.i-graduate.org/international-student-barometer