International Students Skew Graduate Population Data
International Students Boost Graduation Rates. Foreign students have a marked impact on estimated graduation rates, according to the compilers of the Education at a Glance report. By definition, the students are considered first-time graduates, regardless of their previous education in other countries.
So an international student who enters and graduates from a second-degree programme will be considered a first-time graduate in the country of destination. And, because they have crossed borders with the intention to study and not necessarily to work or to stay in the country, they might increase the absolute number of graduates among the population.