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How Diverse is Your University?

Want to know which universities have students with the same nationality as you? Or which institutions are the most culturally diverse? Hotcourses Abroad have created a fancy new tool just for you…

Worried about going back to university? The Hotcourses Diversity Index can help you feel less alone by showing you the proportion of students with the same nationality as you at different universities. Not only that, it’ll also show you all the other nationalities that make up the student body.

Here’s what you need to know…


What is the Diversity Index?


This unique and completely new tool breaks down student nationalities at universities and shows the percentages of each nationality within the student body.

The tool covers universities in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand, so whether you want to stay close to home or study abroad, it’s the perfect tool for you.


feel at home index

This brand new tool also contains the Feel at Home index. This is what shows you the proportion of students who have the same nationality as you. You can filter this by subject area, study level, destination and/or university, so you’ll have the full picture when applying to universities.

Knowing there are students with the same nationality as you at your chosen university can make a real difference to your university experience. Shree Suriya from Sri Lanka went to an Australian university and said, “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.”

In fact, 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.”


What Universities Are the Most Diverse?

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The tool has already found some really interesting findings, including which UK universities are the most culturally diverse.

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)


Where Is the Data From?

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Here comes the maths part…

The data in the tool was collated by Hotcourses and is from official government data, as well as the most recent 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 methodology behind the tool? Here’s a breakdown

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.”


So what are you waiting for? Go use the tool!



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