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 France: Further foreign enrolment growth in 2019/20 before COVID’s impact

France: Further foreign enrolment growth in 2019/20 before COVID’s impact

The number of new international students in France fell by 25% in 2020 as the pandemic took hold. But before COVID total international student enrolments grew by 3.4%...

 US ends suspension of working visa programmes amid calls for restoration of visa processing services

US ends suspension of working visa programmes amid calls for restoration of visa processing services

In June 2020, former US President Trump issued a directive entitled the Proclamation Suspending Entry of Aliens Who Present a Risk to the US Labor Market Following the...

 Spanish language travel sector calls for government support

Spanish language travel sector calls for government support

A recent statement from the Federation of Associations of Schools of Spanish as a Foreign Language (FEDELE) illustrates the pandemic’s impact on language schools in Spain. FEDELE estimates...

 EU fast tracks Digital Green Certificate to promote safe travel this summer

EU fast tracks Digital Green Certificate to promote safe travel this summer

The European Commission (EC) is fast-tracking the approval process for its proposed Digital Green Certificate so that it can be available in June 2021 – in time to...

 Will more colleges require vaccinations for students returning to campus in September 2021?

Will more colleges require vaccinations for students returning to campus in September 2021?

President Biden’s ambitious COVID vaccination targets and determination to beat back the virus have prompted one US university – Rutgers – to announce that it will require students...

EC closing locations in four countries, including all centres in Australia and New Zealand

Leading ELT chain EC English Language Centres announced today that it will close its schools in New Zealand and Australia along with selected centres in the UK and...

International students can apply for UK Graduate Route beginning 1 July 2021

The UK government has confirmed that international students will be able to apply for a post-study work visa via the Graduate Route beginning 1 July 2021. This means...

International student enrolment in the US fell by nearly 18% in 2020

A new report from the US Customs and Immigration Student and Exchange Visitor Program paints a clear picture of the impact of COVID on international enrolment in the...

New Zealand aims to build on positive perceptions from COVID response

Before the pandemic, when you thought about New Zealand, you probably thought first about nature and stunning landscapes. But New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden’s handling of the...

Latest data release measures pandemic’s impact on Australia’s ELICOS sector in 2020

English Australia recently released updated data for the country’s ELICOS sector (English Language Intensive Courses for Overseas Students). The findings rely on the most recent student visa data...

Ireland extends post-study work eligibility for students studying remotely due to COVID

Ireland has temporarily adjusted a key immigration policy affecting international students in light of COVID, in an effort both to protect students’ ability to stay in Ireland after...

UK ELT providers revise outlook for sectoral recovery to 2022

English-language schools in the UK lost more than £590 million in 2020 as a result of COVID restrictions and laid off more than 50% of staff, according to...

Canada’s foreign enrolment fell nearly 17% in 2020

New data from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) reveals the impact of the pandemic on Canada’s foreign enrolment in 2020. IRCC reports that, as of 31 December...

Australia: Growing frustration at continued border closures for international students

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison remains committed to reserving his country’s COVID quarantine facilities for Australians returning home – and will not allocate space in such facilities for...

New analysis projects Brexit’s impact on EU enrolment in British higher education

As a result of the UK’s departure from the European Union, EU/EEA and Swiss students coming to the UK for higher education will – beginning this September –...