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Table B.3.21. OECD: Graduation rate at different tertiary levels and impact of international/foreign students for single year of age, by program destination and country: 2009
Country Tertiary-type B programs (first-time)   Tertiary-type B programs (first degree)   Tertiary-type A programs (first-time)   Tertiary-type A programs (first degree)   Tertiary-type A programs (second degree)   Advanced
research programs
Graduation rate (all students) Adjusted graduation rate   Graduation rate (all students) Adjusted graduation rate   Graduation rate (all students) Adjusted graduation rate   Graduation rate (all students) Adjusted graduation rate   Graduation rate (all students) Adjusted graduation rate   Graduation rate (all students) Adjusted graduation rate
OECD average 10.4   13.7   38.6   37.8   12.7   1.5
OECD countries                                  
Australia1 15.8   19.8 14.9   48.5 33.9   59.1 43.9   19.1 7.7   1.9 1.4
Austria 10.1   10.1 9.9   29.3 26.4   29.3 26.4   5.9 5.3   2.0 1.6
Belgium2   29.3 27.4     19.1 17.1   23.7 20.4   1.3 1.0
Canada1 28.6 28.3   33.0 32.8   36.6 34.3   38.9 36.6   9.0 7.7   1.2 1.0
Chile2   18.8 18.6     21.6 21.4   6.6 6.2   0.2 #
Czech Republic2 4.1   4.1 4.1   38.4   38.8 36.2   19.2   1.4
Denmark 8.5 7.8   9.2 8.4   47.3 44.0   45.8 43.8   18.8 17.4   1.6 1.5
Estonia   20.5 20.5     23.9 23.2   11.3 11.0   0.8 0.8
Finland #   #   44.0   43.3 42.2   18.0 16.9   2.5 2.3
France2   25.6 24.7     35.2 31.5   14.1 10.8   1.5 1.0
Germany 13.8   13.8 11.4   28.5 26.7   28.5 26.7   2.5 1.8   2.5 2.2
Greece          
Hungary2 4.6   5.1 5.1   30.1   37.4 36.0   5.1   0.9
Iceland 1.9 1.9   2.2 2.1   51.0 48.9   52.0 51.2   18.8 17.3   0.7 0.5
Ireland 25.6   25.6   47.1   47.1   22.3   1.4
Israel     37.4   37.1   14.3   1.3
Italy 0.5   0.5 #   32.6 31.9   31.8 31.1    
Japan 26.2 25.2   26.2 25.2   40.4 39.6   40.4 39.6   5.7 5.2   1.1 0.9
Korea   29.7     44.5   9.4   1.2
Luxembourg          
Mexico 1.4   1.4   19.4   19.4   3.1   0.2
Netherlands #   #   41.8 39.9   44.8 42.9   16.4 16.1   1.6
New Zealand 24.0 18.7   31.2 25.4   49.6 40.3   52.9 45.4   16.5 13.4   1.4 1.0
Norway 0.5 0.5   0.6 0.6   40.7 39.0   44.0 42.2   11.2 9.3   1.6 1.2
Poland 0.1   1.0   50.2   50.2 49.9   34.5 34.4   0.8
Portugal 0.6 0.6   0.6 0.6   40.0 38.9   40.0 38.9   10.6 10.2   2.7 2.4
Slovak Republic2 0.7   0.7   61.4 60.2   61.4 60.2   21.8 21.5   2.2 2.1
Slovenia 26.5 26.4   27.7 27.6   26.8 26.5   27.1 26.8   4.8 4.7   1.5 1.4
Spain 15.3   15.3   27.4   31.7 31.6   3.3 2.8   1.0
Sweden 6.0 6.0   6.1 6.1   36.2 33.0   36.3 34.9   5.7 3.8   3.0 2.4
Switzerland 18.9   24.4   30.5   29.4 26.4   12.2 9.9   3.4 1.9
Turkey2 15.1   15.1 15.1   20.9   21.0 20.8   3.0 3.0   0.4 #
United Kingdom 11.8 11.1   16.2 15.1   47.8 35.6   39.7 34.3   22.3 14.8   2.1 1.2
United States 10.7 10.5   10.7 10.5   37.8   37.8 36.7   17.4 15.5   1.6 1.2
Non-OECD member countries                                  
Argentina1   20.4     11.7   1.1   0.1
Brazil2   4.5 4.5     26.2 26.1   1.3 1.2   0.4 #
China          
India          
Indonesia   5.6     12.0   1.5   0.1
Russian Federation2   28.0 27.9     51.7 51.5   0.7   1.4
Saudi Arabia          
South Africa          
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
1 Year of reference 2008.
2 The graduation rates are calculated for foreign students (defined on the basis of their country of citizenship). These data are not comparable with data on international graduates.
NOTE: The adjusted graduation rate does not include international/foreign students. Single year of age refers to the age of students at the beginning of the school year; students will generally be one year older than the age indicated when they graduate at the end of the school year. Tertiary programs refer to post-secondary education and include both higher and vocational education/training. Tertiary-type B programs refer to vocational programs. Tertiary-type A programs refer to academic higher education. Mismatches between the coverage of the population data and the graduate data mean that the graduation rates for those countries that are net exporters of students may be underestimated and those that are net importers may be overestimated. The adjusted graduation rates seek to compensate for that. First-time refers to any first-time graduation. In the case of tertiary-type A programs, this includes people who have received their first bachelor’s, master’s, and first professional degrees. First degree refers to all people who have graduated with a bachelor’s degree or vocational associate’s degree. The United States does not distinguish between first-time and first degrees. A second degree refers to all people who have graduated with a master’s or first professional degree. Apparent differences may not be statistically significant.
SOURCE: Data from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). (2011). Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2011, table A3.3. Paris: Author.

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