International Higher Education

Hotcourses launches uni diversity index

A brand new data tool will now allow overseas students to view how culturally diverse campuses are and also find peers from their home countries. The Hotcourses Diversity Index (HDI) uses official government statistics to demonstrate the mix of student nationalities at institutions across the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand.


An additional aspect of the tool is the Feel at Home Index, which allows students to understand the proportion of international students at a university that are of their own nationality. This information is filterable by subject area, study level, destination and/or university and is designed to help students make the most informed choice.


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.”


Other students value the chance to find their own native communities while studying abroad. Shree Suriya from Sri Lanka spoke about his experience at an Australian university: “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.”


Andrew Wharton, Managing Director, Hotcourses International, said: “We have a simple mission – to simplify and personalise global study choice. This latest addition to our suite of tech tools furthers the guidance we offer international students to help them make the right choice.


“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.


“With the need to diversify a strategic imperative for many universities, the tool also offers universities a view of how they compare to their country and global peers.”


Where are the most diverse universities?

Country Institution Total international student nationalities
The UK University of Westminster 169
The US Houston Community College 151
Australia University of Sydney 144
New Zealand University of Auckland 53


UK top 10 most diverse universities

Total international student nationalities Total international students
1 University of Westminster 169 8429
2 University of Greenwich 168 7547
3 Kingston University 156 8061
4 Open University 155 9666
5 Middlesex University 155 8604
6 King’s College London, University of London 154 10088
7 University of East London 154 5564
8 City University London 152 9518
9 London Metropolitan University 151 5972
10 Brunel University London 150 6120


US top 10 most diverse universities

Total international student nationalities Total international students
1 Houston Community College 151 4894
2 New York University 147 13329
3 Columbia University 146 12410
4 Northeastern University 143 11037
5 Harvard University 142 5920
6 University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Campus 141 8628
7 Pennsylvania State University – University Park Campus 138 10216
8 Florida International University – University Graduate School 137 3921
9 Northern Virginia Community College 137 2011
10 University of Florida 135 6250


Notes for editors



Where institutions have equal numbers of international student nationalities, those with a greater number of overall international students are positioned higher in the table.


The Hotcourses Diversity Index uses data from:
The UK > the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA)
The US > The Institute of International Education (IIE)

Australia > Australian Government Department of Education & Training
New Zealand > New Zealand Ministry for Education
Click here to see an explanation of the methodology in full.

About Hotcourses

Hotcourses was founded in 1996. The company provides the world’s largest web-based course and university/college search for domestic and international education and adult learning. Hotcourses web products and services are used by over 68 million students worldwide each year. The company employs 300 people worldwide with offices in London, Sydney, Boston and Chennai.


For further questions or to arrange an interview with Hotcourses MD International, Andrew Wharton, please contact Katie Duncan, Editor, Hotcourses International Tel: +44 (0) 20 7384 6040.




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