International Candidate Demand Webinar Now Available as a Recording

The webinar shares the latest data analysis related to international student mobility in light of the current political climate.

Jun 20, 2017


How have the current political environment and protectionist immigration and economic policies in the United States and Europe affected where international business school candidates are sending applications? This topic is among those that have generated the most frequent inquiries to GMAC researchers in 2017, as many programs around the world are seeing reduced application volumes from international candidates.

To address the issue, GMAC researchers Matt Hazenbush and Gregg Schoenfeld led a webinar on May 24 that pooled data and analysis from a variety of sources to give attendees an up-to-date snapshot of international candidate perceptions, decision-making factors, and application-sending behavior. The webinar is now available to professionals from GMAT®-accepting schools as a recording. The accompanying slides can also be downloaded as a pdf.

Watch the Recording and Download the Slides

The webinar begins with a discussion of macro trends in the graduate business candidate pool over the last decade, specifically examining how candidates have become increasingly international both in terms of where they are from and where they want to study. The conversation then pivots to analysis of GMAC’s ongoing survey research on recent political events—the 2016 U.S. presidential election and U.K. Brexit vote—and their impact on candidate attitudes toward studying in the U.S. and U.K. GMAT score-sending data and results of the Preliminary Application Trends Survey are shared to reveal the first glimpse at how these events are impacting actual candidate score-sending and application-sending behavior.

The webinar recording will be of particular interest to business school professionals working in the functional areas of admissions and recruitment, in addition to business school leaders generally. The trends discussed serve as a useful benchmark for schools to assess their own admissions and recruitment numbers. 

The next GMAC Research webinar is planned for early fall of 2017 for the purpose of sharing data and insights from the 2017 Application Trends Survey, which is currently in the field. If your school is not currently participating in the study, be sure to sign up to receive exclusive data access and receive a customized benchmark report. Please contact for more information.