Doing your university research? Want to know if any students have the same nationality as you? Or curious to find out how culturally diverse your university options really are? You can find out in a click of a button with the
Hotcourses Diversity Index.
Here’s everything you need to know….
What is the Diversity Index?
This brand new (and never seen before may we add) tool will show you the different student nationalities at universities and their percentages in the overall student body.
And it doesn’t just cover UK institutions either, you can also search for nationalities at universities in the US, Australia and New Zealand, which is ideal if you want to study abroad.
An additional part of this fancy unique tool is the
Feel at Home index, which shows you the proportion of students who have the same nationality as you. And if that wasn’t enough, you can filter this further by subject area, study level, destination and/or university, giving you peace of mind that you won’t be alone.
Knowing there are other students with the same nationality as you can make a real difference to your university experience. Shree Suriya from Sri Lanka went to an Australian university and says, “I have a lot of friends from my country so life is not that bad. At least it is good to talk to someone from your country. I hardly miss home and the food as we take up turns while cooking. We live together so it is easy.”
Andrew Wharton, Managing Director, Hotcourses International, adds: “Whether a student seeks a culturally diverse campus experience or prefers the ‘safety in numbers’ of studying amongst fellow countrymen, our Diversity Index is unique in its ability to provide an immediate and comparable oversight of the nationality mix of universities’ student bodies.”
What Universities Are the Most Diverse?
The tool has already unearthed some interesting findings, including which UK universities are the most culturally diverse.
And the top ten are….
10. Brunel University (150 nationalities, 6120 international students)
9. London Metropolitan University (151 nationalities, 5972 international students)
8. City University London (152 nationalities, 9518 international students)
7. University of East London (154 nationalities, 5564 international students)
6. King’s College London, University of London (154 nationalities, 10088 international students)
5. Middlesex University (155 nationalities, 8604 international students)
4. Open University (155 nationalities, 9666 international students)
3. Kingston University (156 nationalities, 8016 international students)
2. University of Greenwich (168 nationalities, 7547 international students)
And the most diverse UK university is….
1. University of Westminster (169 nationalities, 8429 international students)
For many students, having access to a multicultural community is a vital part of studying abroad. Ngoc Tran from Vietnam who studied at Goldsmiths, University of London, said: “Even though I am the only one that comes from Vietnam […] I have never felt isolated and lonely but always surrounded by lovely international friends that give me so much advice and help during the course.”
Where Does the Data Come From?
Here comes the science part…
The data used in the tool is collated by Hotcourses and comes from official government data, as well as the latest reports from the
Higher Education Statistics Agency (UK), The Institute of International Education (US) Australian Government Department of Education & Training and the New Zealand Ministry for Education.
Want to know more about the clever methodology?
Here’s where you need to go…
So what are you waiting for? Go check out the tool already !