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 World body now projects that international travel will return to pre-pandemic levels in 2023, at least in some regions

World body now projects that international travel will return to pre-pandemic levels in 2023, at least in some regions

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) is now projecting that international travel volumes will reach between 80% to 95% of pre-pandemic levels this year, with the strongest outlook...

 Measuring cost of study and cost of living across study destinations

Measuring cost of study and cost of living across study destinations

Even before the pandemic, the affordability of different study abroad options was rising as a consideration for many prospective international students and their families. This reflects a growing...

 Year in review: What we learned in 2022

Year in review: What we learned in 2022

Well, that felt a lot better, didn’t it? 2022 was not without its twists and turns, but many of us got a lot closer to normal during the...

 Surging Q3 travel numbers boosting overall global arrivals this year

Surging Q3 travel numbers boosting overall global arrivals this year

The UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) reports that the recovery of global travel volumes has accelerated throughout 2022. An estimated total of 700 million tourists travelled internationally between...

 The push for diversification in foreign enrolment

The push for diversification in foreign enrolment

The following feature is excerpted from the 2022 edition of ICEF Insights magazine and is reprinted here with permission. The entire issue of the magazine is available to...

Summing up international student work rights in 14 top study destinations  

It’s been a year or so since we published our last summary of post-study work rights in leading destinations, and there have been important changes since then. Knowing...

Survey says Australia a top choice among prospective international students

New IDP research shows that Australia’s popularity as a study destination is steadily improving. Australia still trails Canada in this regard, but it is closing the gap. The...

Global tourism has recovered to roughly 60% of pre-pandemic levels

International tourism is not yet back to pre-pandemic levels, but it is getting there. From January to July of 2022, the number of international arrivals was 172% higher...

Planning for international student recruitment in the ‘new normal’

“The biggest change for us is the emphasis on who our students are,” said Stuart Bannerman, Associate Provost Vice Chancellor International for the UK’s London South Bank University....

Affordability a rising factor in international students’ choice of destination

Agents responding to our latest ICEF Agent Voice survey said that students are prioritising affordability above all else this year when deciding where to study abroad. Three-quarters of...

Students grappling with effects of a strong US dollar

All indicators point to surging demand for study abroad among pandemic-weary college students. However, it is increasingly clear that devalued currencies, inflation, and knock-on effects of the Russia/Ukraine...

What role can agents play in diversifying foreign enrolment across a wider range of fields of study?

Over the past few years, schools and universities have picked up the pace of their diversification into emerging markets, often to mitigate heavy reliance on two or three...

International arrivals up 225% through May 2022

International travel volumes are surging this year. The latest data from the UNWTO World Tourism Barometer reports just under 250 million international arrivals for the first five months...

Agents indicate significant international student interest in working while studying

At ICEF Monitor, we regularly report on research about agents’ perceptions of demand for study abroad and the factors influencing prospective international students’ choice of destination, institution, and...

Are more US employers shifting away from degree requirements?

“Jobs do not require four-year college degrees. Employers do,” says a recent report from The Burning Glass Institute, a US-based research centre focused on “the future of work...