50 facts and statistics about the most popular countries to study abroad in 2022.
Studying abroad in 2022
It’s often said that your university years are some of the best, most inspiring years of your life – made even more enjoyable and valuable if you choose to take a year out and study abroad.
If you ask the graduates who have, they’ll likely agree that becoming an international student away from home can massively enrich your personal, professional, and academic lives. It’s no wonder millions of students choose to pack their bags and take the plunge every year.
Well, listen up. We have plenty of facts and figures to help you understand more about life studying abroad.
- But what is studying abroad really like?
- What destination country should you pick?
- What are the benefits of studying abroad?
- And who will you be sharing the experience with?
What is international student mobility?
International student mobility is the movement of students leaving their own country of residence to pursue higher education in another foreign country.
This move is temporary and can take place as an exchange programme, work placement, or as a greater plan to obtain part (or the entirety) of your degree/certification.
It’s important to point out the difference between host countries and source countries. These terms basically refer to inbound and outbound students. A host country is used to describe the destination that inbound international students choose to study in – while a source country is the origin of the outbound international students.
For example, American students studying abroad in Spain will be described as outbound international students in the host country of Spain.
As you’d expect, rates of student mobility differ across the world and some countries will have higher rates of outbound international students than inbound students – and vice versa. So without further ado, let's take a look at the 50 facts and figures that every student should know before choosing their destination and submitting their applications.