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 Omicron variant already impacting international student mobility

Omicron variant already impacting international student mobility

Around the world, government responses to the Omicron variant detected last month have had an immediate impact on student mobility and travel. The variant, which scientists first identified...

 UK issues record number of study visas in 2021

UK issues record number of study visas in 2021

The UK has broken a record in terms of the number of study visas issued to international students and their dependents, according to the Home Office. In the...

 Canada expands list of approved vaccines

Canada expands list of approved vaccines

The Government of Canada has announced an expansion of its list of COVID-19 vaccines that travellers can receive in order to be considered fully vaccinated for the purpose...

 Australia: An overview of international student return plans

Australia: An overview of international student return plans

There has been a flurry of announcements from Australian states and territories in recent weeks. New student return pilots have been approved, and we now see a variety...

 Japan announces border opening for international students

Japan announces border opening for international students

Update: The Japanese government closed the country’s borders again effective 30 November out of concerns over the Omicron variant. The Japan Times reports that, “New restrictions will encompass...

Surveys show that career outcomes outweigh rankings for many prospective international students

A new global study from Educations.com provides a number of striking insights about the changing factors influencing where, and with which institutions, international students choose to study abroad....

US legislative amendments aim to clarify use of agents in international student recruitment

Efforts are underway to have the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amend new legislation passed in June 2021 – the THRIVE Act – whose wording, in one...

Canadian immigration reports surge in study permit applications in 2021

New applications for Canadian study permits fell by nearly half in 2020 – compared to 2019 – as the pandemic took hold. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) data indicates...

Most international students say career supports a big factor in their choice of institution

A new UK study underscores the importance of career supports for international students. Paying more for less? Employability support for international students at UK universities was published earlier...

IELTS to launch new online test in early 2022

Students around the world will soon have the ability to take IELTS Academic, a leading test of English for international higher education, from the comfort of their homes...

UK will introduce new international travel rules beginning in October 2021

The UK is moving to a new international border protocol in terms of which travellers – from which countries – will be permitted entry under specific conditions, including...

ICEF Podcast: Why agents will play a key role in rebuilding international enrolments post-pandemic

In this episode of our continuing podcast series, ICEF’s Craig Riggs (editor of ICEF Monitor) and Martijn van de Veen (vice-president of business development) discuss some of the...

Is it easy for students to send you money?

There is a story, famous in some circles, of an international student who once sent US$53,000 to an Ivy League institution in the United States. But something went...

Chinese border to remain closed until second half of 2022

Reports from Times Higher Education, the Wall Street Journal, and others all indicate that China’s current border restrictions will remain in place until the second half of 2022....

Private finance companies are expanding loans for international students

For each international student whose family can afford to send them abroad, many other students face an uphill battle paying for studies at the school of their dreams....