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As far as I can tell, the bottom half of the chart is not cropped out - the graph is supposed to be just half the track, with Spain's line cut-and-pasted into the left half of the graph. If you look at the PDF report on the page you linked, you will find many "half-donut" graphs - really bizarre, but fitting the theme.


What would be interesting is to see a comparison between number of scholarship students versus population size of the country, possibly just a scatterplot. Log scaling may also be helpful.

These exchange student programs can be interesting. We have a few Germans at our university, some excellent, some that don't bother attending anything. Apparently if they fail it doesn't appear on their academic transcript at their home university so they just see it as a paid holiday, although they still acquire a higher education debt. Maybe explains the popularity of Spain.

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