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Explore Universities


Enter an interest, skill and motivator to generate possible degree paths you could explore then delve into deeper information on any you want to know more about.

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Search our database of higher education institutions based on the 'FIT' criteria that are important to you


Explore what the different 'FIT' factors are, think about the different environments they combine to create and which ones might suit you best

Explore Fit

How do you know what university is a 'GOOD FIT' for you?

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Explore 'FIT'

Unsurprisingly, most students want to go to a "Good University"....but what does that actually mean? How do you measure or find out if somewhere is 'good'?

There a lot of different factors you could look at ...but they won't tell you if the university would be "Good for YOU" unless you have thought about what will positively contribute to you being happy and successful as an undergraduate student.


That is why finding a "Good FIT for YOU" is so important.

 Some factors might really matter to you, things that will really impact how good your experience is. Others, won't make any difference to you at all. You are unique. The key is understanding which ones matter to you and including those aspects in your research and decision-making so that the universities you apply to are really GOOD FOR YOU.

You can use the icons below to navigate through the different factors you would like to read more about.

As you read these make a mental (or actual) note of the aspects you have a preference for. When you use our University Search, you have information about almost all of them on the University Profile pages and filters for a lot of them on the Search Page.

The size of an institution influences what the community feels like, and the variety of courses and activities on offer. Would big be overwhelming... or freeing? Would small be comforting.......... or claustrophobic? 

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Institution Size

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Some of your classes will be bigger than others, but whether that is classes of 500, 100, 50 or 12 makes a difference to how interactive classes are and how much you have to you like to join in? Or do you sometimes want to just listen?

Class Size

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The number of staff per student can give you a sense of how easy contacting staff outside of class would be....although not all 'faculty' will be teachers..... does it matter to you how much time staff have to spend on you?

Student to Faculty Ratio

Building Blocks

Campuses can be enclosed academic communities, completely integrated into the city, or somewhere in between. Do you value the 'con campus feel' or do you want to become part of the bustle of a city?

Campus Style

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The breadth of subjects study, or focus on a specific subject within your degree varies in different models of education with Liberal Arts being the broadest and Single subject the most focused. How focused are you ready to be?

Education Model

Travel Case

Some degrees enable you to spend one or more semesters studying at a different institution in a different country. If you love travel, that is a huge bonus. If you like stability maybe it won't suit you as much

Study Abroad


Some degrees require you to undertake one or more periods of work experience. They might be called a placement, internship or co-op. Some degree's don't allow it at all. Is this something that would benefit your future career plans?


Calculate Savings

Most universities have a cost, at least for international students. Around the world this can vary from $70,000 a year to just a few hundred Euros. Some places have scholarships, or funding depending on your nationality. What is your budget? 

Fees & Finance


Institution Size

Small Institutions

Less than 5,000 students

These might suit you if you:

  • Like being part of a close-knit community where your professors know you

  • Would like to know, or at least recognise almost everyone you see on campus

  • Like there being just a few central places that students hang out in to grab a coffee, eat or chat.

  • Find lots of choice overwhelming be that for academics or extra-curriculars

  • Find it reassuring to know your way around the whole campus and have been in most of the buildings.

Medium Institutions

5,000 - 15,000 students

These might suit you if you

  • Are quite happy not to know everyone in your classes, especially in 1st year, but would like to recognise some familiar faces whenever you are walking around campus

  • Like there being a decent amount of variety on campus or nearby for places to hang out

  • Like having a bit of variety, but not so much that I can't get my head around all the options.

  • Want to feel comfortable knowing your way around campus but don't need to know every building in detail

Large Institutions

15,000 - 30,000 students

These might suit you if you

  • Prefer to meet new people in every class and are comfortable being mostly anonymous walking around campus

  • Want a lot of variety in places to eat and hang out

  • Find it easy to make friends and build social groups when you aren't seeing the same people every day. 

  • Want to have lots of options for activities and in the classes you can take

  • Are happy knowing the buildings you use on campus without needing to feel like you know your way around the whole place.

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Very Large Institutions

More than 30,000 students

These might suit you if you

  • Love the anonymity of walking around a city where a very low proportion of people will recognise you and you only know a small proportion of the buildings

  • Love variety and are excited by trying out a new place to go every week and navigating to new places even once you've been on campus for a year or more

  • Love being involved in lots of different activities and are happy creating your own communities

  • Are happy to get lost in the crowd, or confident enough to be able to fit in and make friends in a big place.

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Class Size

Class size is another important factor to consider when deciding which university is the right fit for you. Small and large class sizes both have their pros and cons.

Class Size

Small Class Size

A small class size might suit you if you:

  • Prefer more personalised interactions with teachers, academics and professors. 

Lecture hall seats

Large Class Size

A large class size might suit you if you:

  • Prefer less interaction with teachers, academics and professors.

  • Want to be a part of a bigger, diverse community.

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is the number of students there are in relation to academic staff. It is typically calculated by dividing the number of students within a faculty by the number of academic staff. Therefore this ratio will differ from one institution to another. Institutions will usually display this information on their websites. A lower student to faculty ratio gives a good indication of more personalised academic support due to staff overseeing a smaller number of students.

Campus Style

Campus Style

College Student

City University

A university whose buildings are in the city without a defined university only campus area.

This might suit you if

  • You find the bustle of a city energising rather than exhausting

  • You enjoy anonymity and would like commuting to class alongside people from all walks of life

  • Are happy to live a distance from your classes and need to include travel time in your daily routine

  • Love to be able to check out new restaurants, see professional plays and live comedy

  • Want to be involved in your local neighbourhood community rather than wanting a community within your university

Island Campus

A university that has a clearly defined campus that is situated within a city.

This might suit you if

  • You like the amenities of a city like restaurants and shopping

  • But, want that feeling of being 'on campus', in your university community 

  • Enjoy having open spaces that are just for students and faculty to chill out in, or for activities to happen in

  • Are happy to have a commute to campus, especially after 1st year.

College Students in Campus
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Suburban Campus

A university with one or more defined campus areas that are in urbanised areas but outside of the City Centre.

This might suit you if

Rural Campus

A university that is situated in a rural area without connection to a town or city.

This might suit you if

Walking on Campus

Education Model

Education Model
Holding a Book

Single Honours

The study of one area such as Economics, where all, or almost all classes are taken within the same department.

Holding Books

Joint Honours

The study of two academic areas in equal proportions.

Major / Minor Model

The study of two or more academic areas where there is a greater concentration of classes in one area (major) and a smaller concentration in another area (minor). The minor is normally in a different academic discipline to the major.

At the library

Faculty / Department Focused

The study of multiple academic disciplines from within the same department or faculty, e.g. Natural Sciences, or Faculty Arts. It is common for degrees within this initial model to then become major/minor or single or joint honours by the end of the degree.

Colorful Book Spines

Liberal Arts & Science

The study of multiple academic disciplines normally encompassing both the arts and sciences. These degrees have some element of Core or General Education requirements that need to be completed by all students. Within arts and sciences degrees, you study one or more majors, one or more minors and electives alongside the 'core' curriculum. 

Levitating Books

Interdisciplinary / Thematic

Degrees that do not sit within one traditional academic department or subject. They study concepts that are wider than one subject like 'Big Questions' or 'Global Challenges', through the lenses of a variety of different subjects.

Double Degrees

The study of two different bachelors degrees simultaneously. This could be in one institution, or you could earn a degree from two different institutions through spending time in both. These degrees are typically 4 or 5 years long. 

Hardcover Books

Study Abroad

Studying abroad during university offers you the opportunity to immerse yourself into the world, experience a new cultural experience and a different way of learning. There are some great academic and personal benefits of studying abroad.

Study Abroad

It can be cheaper

The costs associated with studying at university can vary from country and institution, which is why some choose to study away from their home country. 

Country Flags

Experience a new culture

Studying abroad gives you the opportunity to immerse yourself in a new life experience, different cultural perspective, and can even give you a new life perspective.

Make new friends

Studying abroad opens you up to a large community of students from all over the country which can develop your cultural awareness and provide you with a diverse learning environment. 

Friends and Donuts

Become independent

Moving to university is a big step towards gaining independence, however moving to university aboard takes this even further. 

Student Paper Writing
Chalkboard with Different Languages

Develop your language skills

You may have the opportunity to learn a whole new language as part of your study abroad experience. This can be challenging to learn the local language, however it is a great way to fully immerse yourself in the experience and will look great on your CV in the future!


Develop an international network

You will meet people who you wouldn't have necessarily met if you studied in your home country and can keep these connections for life. 

Good career opportunities

When you return home after your studies, you will have a new cultural experience, new language acquisition, and a new educational experience, all of which is very attractive to future employers.

Curriculum Vitae

Travel opportunities

Studying abroad means you have easier access to other neighbouring countries which you may not of had the opportunity to visit from your home country.

Plane in the Sky


Internships give you the opportunity to trial a career or job which interests you before committing to a similar role after completion of university. Internships provide you will transferrable skills, lifelong networks, and insights into the industry. Internships can vary in length, lasting between a week up to 12 months. 

Fees & Finance

Fees and Finance

There are different costs associated with studying at university, including tuition fees and living costs. However, depending on the country and university you choose, there are options available to support you with these costs. You can use the country guides and the university profiles on St Clare's Careers Explore to find out more about what support you may be eligible for.

College Lecture

Tuition Fees

Most universities around the world will require you to pay tuition fees.

These fees will typically cover:

  • Lectures, Seminars, Tutorials & Workshops

  • Learning Materials & Resources

  • Staff Contact

  • University Facilities

  • Course Admin Fees

  • Printing

  • Compulsorily Field Trips

  • Graduation Ceremony

Living Costs

You will also need to factor in living costs when planning your finances for university.

These costs can include:

  • Accommodation

  • Utility Bills

  • Food

  • Books and University Equipment

  • Transport

  • Social Activities

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