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May 2021

One Door Remains Closed, Others Open 

Hi everyone,
With the development of vaccines and the tentative reopening of international travel, many international students’ hopes of studying abroad are tentatively renewed. However, some borders are opening faster than others, leaving some students with a difficult choice: transfer out, or wait another year?

Missed Opportunities

Throughout this pandemic, Australia has managed to keep COVID largely at bay without strict quarantine--all thanks to their strict border control. However, while travel restrictions are lifting in other popular study abroad destinations, Australia is doubling down and their borders will remain closed until mid-2022. This means that many international students who found themselves stranded outside of Australia at the start of the pandemic will not be able to continue their education in-person until 2022. This of course begs the question: will international students wait or will they transfer out? This is beginning to look like a missed opportunity for Australian Universities as we are already finding that other popular destinations, like the UK, are recruiting transfer students from Australian universities.

 

Other Doors Open

On the other side of the globe, the US is finally revoking COVID travel restrictions for certain countries, including China. This is very promising for international students who are eager to return to the US to pursue their degree in-person. Allowing more international students, including Chinese students, back into the US is great news for students, educators, and the US as a whole. We also performed our own survey this past month to try and better understand the concerns Chinese students are facing and how COVID is still impacting their study abroad plans. While most of the respondents are boarding school applicants, the trends outlined here do seem to match up with a lot of research done on university students. According to our results, the US is still the target destination for the majority of Chinese students and most concerns are related to visa applications and the political climate. Hopefully the easing of travel restrictions, increased access to visas, and widespread vaccinations will help create a more welcoming environment for Chinese students and put parents more at ease.

 

Our Top 6 Articles

We conducted our own survey of Chinese students and their parents to better understand their current study abroad plans, as well what concerns they’re still facing thanks to COVID.
Students from select countries, including China, are now able to return to the US to continue their education in-person.
Allowing international students back into the US is looking to be a boon for both students and universities alike.
With Australia’s borders remaining closed for the foreseeable future, it is unclear how many international students are willing to wait.
While the situation for international students in the US has improved some, many are still facing visa issues, especially upon graduation.
Australia recently announced that their borders will remain closed until mid-2022, leaving many universities reeling.
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