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July 2021

Finding the New Normal

Hi everyone,
The optimistic feeling we’ve been seeing in past months has been growing. U.S. schools are pushing out new policies for their campuses; international students are also finding new solutions for remote learning. However, there are still lingering complications and confusion as we all try to adapt to the new normal.

Myriad of Policies

During the annual NAFSA conference, the US State Department has emphasized that as many visa appointments as possible are being offered, though full operating capacity cannot be resumed and there is still a large backlog.

Many schools have enacted mandatory vaccination rules; for international students who have no access to approved vaccines, school policies vary. This includes a large range of quarantine and remote learning policies, as well as re-vaccination rules. A full remote-learning schedule is not possible for international students in the US due to visa regulations. Compounded with rising costs, many students are choosing to take time off with a gap year instead. There are multiple factors that schools must take into consideration to help students transition back onto campus.

 

Changes in China

A major obstacle to remote learning for Chinese students has always been the inaccessibility to or slow loading times for foreign websites. The huge increase in demand has spawned new tools to help students learn more smoothly while they wait to head onto campus.

In other news, China has revealed new strict regulations on after-school tutoring. This could greatly affect the educational culture in China, including what paths students may take for their educational career.

 

Our Top 5 Articles

At the NAFSA annual conference, a State Department analyst shares more insight about the current visa situation.
International students face a flurry of different policies from the country, state and schools as institutions try to finalize their stance on post-COVID regulations.
Financial problems, struggles with remote learning, and policy regulations are causing many students to take a gap year even as universities move learning back to the campus.
Students look for innovative solutions in response to long-lasting problems exacerbated by COVID.
Stricter regulations could foreshadow drastic changes to the Chinese educational culture.
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