International Student Employment Outcomes and Satisfaction (ISEOS) Research 2020

At UniAdvisor we love #data and believe the best (and most accurate) advice you can get on study abroad comes from other international students and alumni.

Our partner Cturtle (said “sea turtle”) conducts research into International Student Employment Outcomes and Satisfaction (ISEOS) and shares this data with us at UniAdvisor to help YOU make the best decision on where and what to study. They have given us a first look at their 2020 reports and we wanted to share with you.

In order to establish data on International Student Employment Outcomes and Satisfaction (ISEOS) Cturtle in partnership with Decision Lab conducted online surveys between June and September 2019 and collected 16,830 valid responses.

We collected data from returnee international students across ASEAN, Greater China and India.
Across a range of ages from fresh graduates to experienced alumni.

We asked international alumni how they paid for their studies and what, where and how they studied as international students.

Students who graduated more than 7 years ago feel the most positive and satisfied with their education and they can be the best promoters for international experiences to future students.

Postgraduate students have higher tendency to feel satisfied with career support services than undergraduate ones. This could be related to the maturity and clarity in their career path.

Overall, international alumni felt the most welcomed by Canadian and New Zealand locals, while alumni from USA and UK did not feel very welcomed in these countries.

The top 3 countries having the highest NPS are Canada, New Zealand and the USA.

This indicates that universities in these countries are providing the right supports and good education quality to their target international students.

The most positive sentiments come from Indonesian, Malaysia and Thai alumni. Key factors are the sense of being welcomed, the safety of the country and working satisfaction.

Alumni from Hong Kong, Singapore and India seem less willing to promote. For this group, the sense of being welcomed, the number of job opportunities as well as equality when hiring are the key concerns.

If you are interested in ordering full copies of the research reports contact Cturtle at