New report shows benefits of student mobility

05 February 2016

The UK Higher Education International Unit's Go International programme has published a report that outlines which students go abroad, where they go and considers what currently available data can tell us about the outcomes of international experience as part of a UK undergraduate programme.

In comparing mobile and non-mobile students' outcomes, data from the 2013/14 graduating cohort of UK undergraduates shows that, six months after graduating:

  • Less likely to be unemployed (5% compared to 7%)
  • Mobile students from disadvantaged backgrounds less likely to be unemployed (5.0% compared to 6.2%)
  • Black and Asian students particularly benefit from mobility (5.4% compared to 9.9% and 4.4% to 9.5% unemployed respectively) although the number of mobile students is lower
  • Mobile students from all backgrounds reported higher average salaries than their non-mobile equivalents (£21,349 compared to £20,519 for a non-mobile student)
  • Mobile students are more likely to achieve a First Class (1st) or Upper Second Class (2.i) in their degree (81% compared to 72%)
  • More likely to be in further study, or in work and further study
  • 38% of mobile students studied languages
  • More mobile students were female than male but if you exclude language students the participation rate is the same - 3.6%
  • Mobile students are more likely to work in education and professional, scientific and technical activities than their non-mobile peers.

Read the full report or find out about Go International.