Gone International: Report on student mobility and their outcomes

25 March 2015

The International Unit recently issued a report Gone International: Mobile students and their outcomes.  It is a cohort study of the 2012/13 graduates and outlines who went abroad (socioeconomic status, academic background, ethnicity and gender), where they went and compares their employment (employment rates, salary, role, sector of employment) and academic attainment outcomes with students who did not go abroad.  This is the first research of its kind and provides the sector with a useful baseline which will be complemented by future research.

Key findings:

In comparing mobile and non-mobile students’ outcomes, data from the 2012/13 graduating cohort of UK undergraduates shows that, six months after graduating:


  • A lower proportion of graduates who were mobile were unemployed
  • A higher proportion of graduates who were mobile were working abroad, if in employment
  • On average, graduates who were mobile earned more across 11 out of 17 subject areas
  • Graduates who were mobile earned more if they remained in the UK to work.
  • Graduates who were mobile were earning more in 40 out of 67 subjects (with available data), with the highest disparities in salary (of at least £3,000) being in Sociology; Computer Science; Theology and Religious Studies; Electronic and Electrical Engineering, and Physical Geographical Sciences.

The report can be downloaded from the International Unit website.