Factors affecting student decisions about study destination surveyed

According to i-graduate International Student Barometer (ISB) survey reveals that the most important factors that impact the students’ decisions for overseas education are scholarships and funding, opportunities to work while studying, opportunities for further study, and teacher reputation. During the survey, over 110,000 students provided information about how they respond to the institutions, their application, arrival experiences, and support service along with their experience of living and studying in a foreign land. Students were surveyed based on their personal safety, study costs, institution reputation, and earning potential after completion of their degree. The results were compared with statistics of companies like the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and Netherlands. About 84% of the 7500 students studying in the United States of America indicated that institution scholarship was an important element in the process to choose the study destination.  Institutions that depend on scholarships to attract international students need to ensure that these students find it easier to search for scholarships. It is also important for students to be able to find employment during the course of study. Ability to study further is also an opportunity they look for. In Canada, about 81% of the international students and 85% in Australia were actively influenced by opportunities to work while studying.


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