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 New Zealand takes next step in recovery plan with major pathways initiative

New Zealand takes next step in recovery plan with major pathways initiative

Most foreign travel to New Zealand remains suspended, following an October 2020 announcement that a previous halt on temporary visa visitors, including study visas, would continue until February...

 Vaccine breakthroughs lead to updated forecasts for COVID recovery

Vaccine breakthroughs lead to updated forecasts for COVID recovery

COVID-19 continues to ravage people and economies around the globe, but we now know that (at least) three promising vaccines will be available in 2021 to help prevent...

 ICEF Exchange podcast: The impact of micro-credentials on international education

ICEF Exchange podcast: The impact of micro-credentials on international education

Our podcast series continues with a special episode on the growing importance of micro-credentials. These accredited courses are designed to help build specialised skills that are relevant to...

 Students relying more on education agents for assistance with study abroad decisions

Students relying more on education agents for assistance with study abroad decisions

A new report from QS shows that international students are relying more than ever on agents in their decision-making about study abroad. The report, How to Navigate the...

 International students increasingly willing to switch destinations for in-person learning

International students increasingly willing to switch destinations for in-person learning

As COVID-19 wears on, tens of thousands of international students’ study abroad plans remain on hold, and those who are enrolled are having a very different experience than...

Chinese border remains closed to foreign students

China has been climbing the global table of leading study destinations over the past decade and is now the fifth-largest destination overall, after only the US, Australia, UK,...

Surveys show foreign enrolment declines in the US in 2019/20 and impact of COVID-19

The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) annual Open Doors survey, released today, shows that in the academic year 2019/20, total international enrolments in US higher education institutions fell...

Australia announces borders will stay closed as study projects international enrolment could fall by half by mid-2021

Australia’s foreign enrolment is projected to drop to 50% of current numbers in 2021 if borders remain closed to international arrivals, according to a new report from the...

Biden presidency offers hope for both US educators and foreign students

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s electoral win this past weekend in the United States is encouraging US educators to hope that a more favourable political...

Report urges US educators to innovate in the face of declining international enrolments

A new NAFSA report says that because international enrolment in the US is no longer following a growth trajectory, higher education institutions in the country must embrace new...

Tracking student intent for study abroad through October

Two recent surveys of prospective students have arrived at very similar observations as to the impact of the pandemic on planning for study abroad. The first comes from...

US investigation leads to arrests and revoked OPT work authorisations

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week the results of a months-long investigation into fraud in the wildly popular optional practical training programme (OPT) for...

Canada shares list of institutions approved to welcome international students

The Government of Canada has published a list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) that have had their COVID-19 readiness plans approved by their respective provincial or territorial government....

UK moving toward shorter quarantine period for travellers

The UK has a new cross-government Global Travel Taskforce headed by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care and the Secretary of State for Transport. Its...

ICEF Exchange podcast: US international student recruitment in the time of COVID-19

Our podcast series continues with a wide-ranging discussion about the world’s leading study destination, the United States. As readers may be aware, ICEF recently held ICEF Virtual Americas. The...