Published 21 March 2019
What to look for in a business school abroad?
Choosing the right business education can be a complex decision. Knowing what to look for in a business school abroad poses even more questions. In fact, there are several key factors you should consider, and questions you should ask, when weighing up overseas education providers.
Seeking the opinions of current international students, through research and surveys, can be a valuable place to start.
The International Student Barometer (ISB) is a leading benchmark tool that has gathered feedback since 2005 from over 3 million students worldwide to track the international student experience. We’re extremely proud of the results Kaplan Business School (KBS) has achieved in the 2018 survey, across all four of our campuses in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane!
The barometer provides great insight into what international students believe to be important about an education abroad, across the four elements of Arrival, Learning, Support and Living:
First impressions can be as important with experiences as they are with meeting new people. How the arrival process is handled by your future business school can make all the difference to your mindset as you begin your study journey.
The ISB 2018 survey results show that some of the most important factors for international students within the element of ‘Arrival’ include:
- Accommodation Service
- Meeting Staff
- Formal Welcome
- Finance Office
At KBS, we’ve always placed a strong value on creating a useful and memorable orientation experience, so it was great to hear that 97.5% of 133 KBS students surveyed at the Adelaide campus were satisfied or very satisfied with the Formal Welcome, and 100% with Meeting Staff.
When asked how satisfied they were with the overall Arrival experience, 100% of respondents at KBS Adelaide said they were satisfied or very satisfied!
Learning is probably the big one when it comes to choosing a business school. The academic content of your course and its delivery is only one important factor. If you’re applying for entry to a business school, it’s very likely that real-life experience and networking opportunities will be high on your ‘desires’ list.
The ISB 2018 survey results show that some of the most important factors within the element of ‘Learning – studies’ include:
- Language Support
- Class Size
At the KBS Sydney campus, 94% of students surveyed expressed satisfaction with the Multicultural element. At KBS, we have a student mix of over 80 nationalities*, and truly believe that making diverse social connections is a unique and valuable part of business education.
Students at the Sydney campus were also satisfied or very satisfied with Class Size (93.4%). KBS is dedicated to creating a personalised learning environment. Our classrooms have an average of only 25 students per class.*
Given KBS’s strong focus on delivering a lifetime careers service to all our students, we were also very pleased that 89% of students studying at KBS Adelaide who responded to the survey said they were satisfied or very satisfied with Careers Advice and Employability.
Finally, when asked how satisfied they were with the learning experience overall, 99.2% of respondents at KBS Adelaide said they were satisfied or very satisfied.
Moving overseas can be challenging for new students. It’s important to consider how your future business school will support you during your study.
The ISB 2018 survey results show that some of the most important factors within the element of ‘Support’ include:
- Academic Learning Unit
- Health Centre
At KBS Melbourne, students surveyed expressed they were 97.2% satisfied with the Counselling support available and 94.6% with the Academic Learning Support.
Living and studying in an environment that is inspiring, interactive and diverse can make all the difference to your learning experience. Although sometimes overlooked, it’s important to consider the overall culture of a business school and whether it will bring out the best in you.
The ISB 2018 results show that some of the most important factors within the element of ‘Living – day-to-day life’ include:
- Good place to be
KBS is very focused on the community when it comes to creating an inclusive environment on campus. It’s a place where we want students to feel like they can connect, interact and learn from one another.
When surveyed for ISB 2018, 97% of students at KBS Brisbane said they were satisfied that the campus was a ‘Good place to be’. When it came to concerns about safety, students responded that they were 100% satisfied with the Safety on campus.
*based on average student and alumni numbers (2016–2018).