We found that international students fare better in when applying to university regions and countries, while domestic students fared better in others.
For example, when we segmented by region, we found that international students applying to the Americas have much lower success rates than domestic students. We found that the reverse was true for international students applying to universities in Europe, Asia & Oceania.
Specifically, our survey found that the United States had one of the lowest success rates for international students.
By contrast, international students who applied to less mainstream destinations (i.e. countries other than the US, UK and Canada) reported higher success rates overall.
In fact, the countries where international students fare least well in the university application process are also those that have the highest number of international applicants.
There are a number of possible explanations for this. It may simply be the case that the large number of international applicants to these countries makes the university application process more competitive.
Another explanation is that these universities may simply have been slow to develop the capacity to accept an increasing number of international applicants.