As you can see from our data plot above, the most globally mobile students in this year’s survey were students in European and Asian countries. In addition, the most attractive destinations for these students were the US, UK and Canada. Universities in the Netherlands, Hong Kong and Australia also received a relatively high volume of applications.
Here’s how our data on student global mobility breaks down in more detail.
Asian students were the most globally mobile in their applications
Students from Vietnam, South Korea, the Philippines, Thailand, Taiwan, Singapore, India and Pakistan submitted a high volume of applications to destinations in the US, UK and Canada. Students from Asia were therefore the most globally mobile students in our survey.
European students were the most likely to apply to universities in Europe
On a regional basis, Europe was a more popular destination for European IB students in this year’s survey. Specifically, the UK was the most popular destination for European IB students. This cohort of respondents also reported Germany, Switzerland, Italy, France, the Netherlands and Ireland as popular destinations in this year’s survey.
Students from the US, Canada & Australia were the least globally mobile
US, Canadian and Australian students were more likely to apply to university in their country of origin in this year’s survey. Similarly, students from the UK, Singapore and the Netherlands were also more likely to stay at home.
The US & Canada were the most popular destination countries overall
A quick look at the Country of University axis tells us that the US and Canada are the two most popular destinations for IB students in this year’s survey. We found two reasons for this:
- For the most globally mobile students in our survey, the US and Canada were the most popular overseas destinations for university study overall.
- A high proportion of US and Canadian students in this year’s survey chose to stay at home for university (which accounts for these students being the least globally mobile).