International students have given a ringing endorsement of their experience at Teesside University, ranking it the best in the world for overall satisfaction in a major global survey.

In the International Student Barometer 2021, Teesside University was ranked number one out of 96 global universities for overall satisfaction.*

The International Student Barometer (ISB) is a global survey which gathers feedback from international students across the world in a wide range of areas.

Teesside University Ranks in the Best in the World for Overall Satisfaction
International students at Teesside University

This year, as well as receiving the top ranking for overall satisfaction, Teesside University achieved high levels of satisfaction across all areas of the survey, achieving first place position in 30 different categories including:

  • Overall satisfaction with learning (out of 96 universities)
  • Overall happiness (out of 94 universities)
  • Value for money (out of 96 universities)
  • Level of research activity (out of 96 universities)
  • Employability (out of 96 universities)
  • The library service (out of 95 universities)
  • Learning technology (out of 93 universities)

Teesside University also scored highly for its support throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, with students giving it a global number one ranking for accessing online learning materials, whilst 94.3% of participants were satisfied with the overall COVID-19 response and 95.2% satisfied with the University’s communications throughout the period.

In addition, students also praised the University’s social activities, ranking them top globally, with 98.1% of participants satisfied with the Students’ Union.

Teesside University positions itself as an international university with a global network of partnerships and it attracts high quality students and staff from across the world.

Students from over 100 countries have graduated from Teesside University and it has successful partnerships with universities across the globe, including leading institutions in the Czech Republic, Spain, China, India, Malaysia, Sri Lanka and Singapore.

Teesside University Ranks in the Best in the World for Overall Satisfaction
International students on campus,

Dr David Bell, Pro Vice-Chancellor International, said: “The diversity of culture and experiences our international students bring to Teesside University make it a unique place to live and study.

“These exceptional results are testament to the hard work of staff across the University, who continue to place our students at the heart of everything we do.

“We are delighted that our international students have acknowledged this, particularly in light of the challenges we have all faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“We look forward to continuing to build our international partnerships and welcoming students from across the world to the Tees Valley.”

Rebecca Gilling, President Education and Chair of the Board of Trustees at Teesside University Students’ Union (TUSU) said: “We are absolutely thrilled to have received these exceptional ratings in such a prestigious and influential survey. We are obviously focused on ensuring all students have the highest quality experience possible.

“However, it is particularly pleasing to see that international students, who often need a little more support in their early days studying and living in a different country, appear to be so highly satisfied with what the University and ourselves provide.

“Despite being rated number one, we are still ambitious to do even more for the ever-growing international student population here in the coming months and I am sure our first ever all international Student Officer team will share that goal when they take over in July.”

*Based on the views of 1295 students within a global survey response of 92,019 students. More info at:

For more information on Teesside’s performance in the 2021 International Student Barometer Survey, see

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