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 Germany’s foreign enrolment grew again in 2018

Germany’s foreign enrolment grew again in 2018

International student numbers increased 4.4% last year, which is a slightly slower rate of growth than the 5.5% registered...

 Widespread reports of work permit delays for foreign students in US

Widespread reports of work permit delays for foreign students in US

There has been a dramatic increase in international student participation in Optional Practical Training (OPT) in the US over the last several years. The programme allows authorised foreign...

 Nepalese government signals willingness to limit study abroad

Nepalese government signals willingness to limit study abroad

Nepal’s Ministry of Education has announced that it will no longer issue the required approval letters for students...

 More than eight million graduates from Chinese universities this year

More than eight million graduates from Chinese universities this year

China’s People’s Daily newspaper reports that the nation’s universities graduated more than 8.34 million people in summer 2019, up from 8.2 million in 2018. This record graduation rate...

 US immigration reaffirms that I-20s should not be sent to agents

US immigration reaffirms that I-20s should not be sent to agents

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) released a policy statement on 4 June 2019 to clarify that US institutions may only issue Form I-20s directly to students, or,...

How and when international students use school websites and social media in planning for study abroad

More than three-quarters (77%) of international students responding to 2019 QS’s International Student Survey said that the most useful source of information for them when researching an institution...

Emotion-based branding strategy connects feelings to actions

The way prospective students feel about a school or destination is often more important than how they think about it...

New Zealand educators raise the alarm about visa delays

A recently released ministerial briefing document from Education New Zealand (ENZ) makes it clear that the country’s...

US report puts the price of declining student market share at US$5.5 billion

“International students create jobs, drive research, enrich our classrooms, strengthen national security, and become America’s greatest foreign policy assets,” opens a newly released report from NAFSA: Association of...

China issues warning to students planning to study in the US

Political and trade tensions between the US and China are deepening, with potential repercussions for Chinese enrolments in American higher education. This week, China’s Ministry of Education warned...

US confirms increase in student visa fees

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) confirmed this month that it is moving forward with significant increases in student visa fees. All study visa applicants to the...

Chinese study destinations and post-study plans changing this year

A new study published earlier this month finds shifting patterns of demand among Chinese students planning to study abroad, both with respect to destination preferences and in the...

Survey shows study abroad decision process is changing, with more factors at play

University rankings are decreasing in influence in terms of where students choose to study...

US visa data shows declining international numbers

There were just under 1,170,000 foreign students in the US as of March 2019 compared to slightly more than 1,200,000...

Brazil’s outbound numbers surged in 2018

The Brazilian study abroad market showed its strength again in 2018 with a third consecutive year of strong growth. The latest survey data from the Brazilian Educational and...