Most international student select their host university based on three criteria: the course they wish to study; the location of possible host universities; and the quality of education at different institutions.
In compiling your preferences you must of course consider carefully the entry requirement for the course, which may vary from year to year. Course in high demand at metropolitan universities can require extremely high entry scores, but entry requirements for similar courses at regional universities are often significantly lower than for metropolitan universities.
If you do not automatically meet the academic entry scores for a course that you are committed to talking, explore whether they are any alternative entry pathways. For example, some private providers associated with universities offer full-fee first year courses that give entry to the second year of a degree. It may also be possible to transfer between courses or even universities after one or two years of study, although this can often be a complicated process. Contact a counselor at AUG for further details.
Although these ranking systems employ different methodologies and measures, both place an emphasis on universities’ research excellence. As most students are enrolling in an undergraduate course or do not have any interest in pursuing a postgraduate research degree, these ranking systems may have limited relevance when choosing a university. Instead, international students should consider the following criteria under the THES:
EMPLOYER REVIEW SCORE. Ratings by global recruiters and companies provide a measure of how the corporate sector rates the universities.
STAFF/STUDENT RATIO. A higher score means that more staff are available to cater to the needs of students
INTERNATIONAL STAFF SCORE. More international staff provide a more globalised education, but some staff may lack English proficiency.
INTERNATIONAL STUDENT SCORE. Reflects the university’s popularity with international students.
The academic Rankings of World Universities system is very research focused. The question is whether the staff is an excellent research-intensive university will have sufficient time to teach students while maintaining a high research output. You should compare this ranking with the staff/students ratio from the THES system to ensrue that the institution provides adequate teaching resources.