QS Enrolment Solutions (formerly Hobsons) recently published an “International Student Survey”. This report analyses the views of over 60.000 students worldwide who expressed an interest in 11 continental European countries. It highlights student responses on: how they assess the quality of education and teachers, how they choose a course, and what their communication preferences are.
In using the data from the report, universities might be tempted to see ‘more international students’ as a goal in itself, regardless of what that means for the university. So users of the report would do well to consider what price they are willing to pay.
One other observation of the report is that it doesn´t seem to reflect ´language´ as one of the considerations to choose a country. This is remarkable, as specifically continental European universities still have to deal with the perception that international students will have to learn German or French or Swedish if they choose these countries.