The quality of education is assessed not only by the reviews of foreign students, but mainly by how often the higher educational institutions of this or that country are represented in world university rankings. These are the Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU), the ratings of The Quantified Self international network and the ratings of authoritative publications: Times Higher Education, US News & World Report, etc.
Indicators of the cost of living also have a subjective and objective basis: the price index, the cost of study, the acceptability of products and services, the availability and quality of student housing. In terms of the cost of living, the top 10 countries are Eastern Europe: Hungary, Poland, Serbia, Romania and Lithuania. And from the developed countries of the West only Germany and France were in the top ten, and Germany got much more points.
The chances for a career and later life after graduation are estimated, in particular, by the share of gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in a particular country. In other words, according to the position it occupies in the UN World Report on Happiness. In addition, the level of employment and unemployment among specialists with higher education is important. Only on this indicator, the UK ranked first. And Germany was just one point behind the British.
“An important factor influencing the preference of a country for foreign students is the opportunity to study in English,” says the head of the portal for those who want to study in Europe Study.EU Gerrit Bruno Bless. - The complexity of the situation is that the popularity of the UK is falling, and the popularity of the English language, on the contrary, is increasing. According to forecasts, the number of students wishing to study in English will double by 2021, but not all countries of continental Europe are ready for such an influx. Germany is a happy exception. Here the number of universities and higher schools offering studies in English is increasing! ”
Without a doubt, the UK is traditionally characterized by a high level of its universities. But according to the estimated cost of living, Misty Albion occupies the last, thirtieth place in the ratings - too expensive. The fact of Great Britain’s exit from the European Union also had a negative effect - this reduced in the eyes of foreign students not only the study conditions, but also the quality of higher education. As a result, even in this very prestigious indicator, Germany was ahead of the UK, like other European countries.
By the way, Russia entered the top 5 in terms of the quality of education, ranking fourth. However, she has very modest indicators on such criteria as the cost of living (expensive) and further chances for life and career after graduation. And yet, in terms of the sum of indicators, Russia was also in the top ten.