As part of our commitment to the international education sector, IDP Education conducts research to explore issues that affect international education, such as the drivers of student mobility and perceptions of study destinations.
Our areas of expertise include buyer behaviour research, industry and environmental analysis and statistical reporting of key industry metrics.
Every year IDP Education presents research at leading international education conferences and industry events, including NAFSA, AIEC, CBIE and ISANA.
Recent research projects
Canada’s safe environment and welcoming policies are increasing its attractiveness as a study destination, according to a new study conducted by IDP Education. Released at the Australian International Education Conference, IDP Education’s latest Student Buyer Behaviour research examined more than 4,200 students’ perceptions of the five main English speaking countries.
IDP Education’s study, which explores a range of drivers of student mobility including safety, affordability, graduate employment opportunities, student visa policies and quality of education, found that students’ perceptions of Canada as a study destination improved, with students seeing Canada as a safe and affordable destination with good post-study work opportunities.
IDP Education's 2016 International Student Buyer Behaviour research, checks in on student perceptions of five English-speaking destination countries, highlights decision making factors used when choosing a study destination city and explores the influence of friends and family abroad on students' choices.
IDP Education poster presentation at 2016 NAFSA conference
Take a look at the poster from the 2016 NAFSA conference that examined the student decision making journey in the digital age.
2015 International Student Buyer Behaviour Research
IDP's 2015 International Student Buyer Behaviour research, checks in on student perceptions of five English-speaking destinations, and explores the use and influence of information sources about education institutions.
2014 International Student Buyer Behaviour Research
This research, originally presented at the Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) 2014, examines international students' perceptions of the five most popular English-speaking study destinations.
Two infographics which explore the findings from the research are available. Click on the images for printable PDF versions:
This infographic explores IDP students’ perceptions of five English-speaking destinations, and what makes international education worth the cost.
This infographic looks at students' expectations vs their experience of studying overseas, as well as career intentions, and use of pathway programs.
Australian international graduates and the transition to employment
This report investigated the recruitment of Australian international graduates in the areas of accounting, nursing and engineering. It presents the findings from the three-year study from different perspectives - universities, students, industry groups and employers.
The research project is the result of a partnership between Deakin University and University of Technology Sydney (UTS) researchers funded by IDP Education Ltd and the Australian Research Council.Download the report here.
Exploring international students’ perceptions of MOOCs
In recent years, the rise of massive open online courses (MOOCs) has dominated discussion within the international higher education sector.
As part of IDP Education’s presentation of research at AIEC 2013, Professor Jane Klobas, Adjunct Associate Professor Bruce Mackintosh and Associate Professor Tanya McGill examined the attitudes of international students towards MOOCs.
2012 International Student Buyer Behaviour Research
This synopsis presents a snapshot of results from IDP Education’s 2012 student buyer behaviour research.
The report examines primary drivers for students in choosing their destination country and institution.