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“Outstanding.” This is how international students describe the University of Tampere, which scored 9.5+ points in the annual StudyPortals International Student Satisfaction Awards in Luxemburg in September.

Based on almost 16,000 comments written by international students, Finland places among top four countries in Europe, when measuring the contentment of the cosmopolitan students.

The availability of many courses in English accessible for exchange students was considered a very positive aspect. Furthermore, the friendly and helpful fellow students, skilled professors and the diverse landscape were a definite plus for the international students. However, the cold temperatures and the lack of daylight in the winter were considered a negative point of studying in in the Nordics.


Eleven universities in Finland received an award.

Norway took the number one spot, overtaking all other European countries, including Ireland – last year’s winner of the awards. Sweden took the 7th place and Denmark was 8th.

Scandinavian universities maintain their reputation of high student satisfaction characterized by offering solid and high-quality education to their students.

StudyPortals is a company that provides an online study choice platform listing more than 80,000 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes worldwide, as well as other resources. The company regularly publishes reports about developments on the European higher education sector.