Based on international surveys of students applying for graduate-level courses in 2008-9 and 2012-13, this report on trends in international student mobility looks at the choices students are making and the motivations behind them.
Survey respondents were attendees of QS World Grad School Tour events and/or applicants for QS Scholarships. Almost 3,500 responses were collected in 2008-9 and more than 4,000 in 2012-13, with respondents coming from all around the world. The survey included questions about graduate-level study plans, preferred study destinations, priorities when deciding where to study, and future salary and career expectations.
Our survey respondents’ top study destination choices largely reflect the latest data on actual international student numbers. According to UNESCO data from 2010 , the leading destination countries for international students were the US (16.6%), UK (13%), Australia (6.6%), Germany (6.4%), France (6.3%) and Canada (4.7%) – the same top six destinations chosen by our survey respondents, though in slightly altered order. More...