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 China: Could lockdown fatigue influence outbound student mobility?

China: Could lockdown fatigue influence outbound student mobility?

It is too early to be definitive about this, but the pandemic appears to have had a larger-than-expected impact on outbound student numbers from China. There are a...

 New Zealand opens up to international students and updates policies for post-study work rights

New Zealand opens up to international students and updates policies for post-study work rights

New Zealand immigration officials will begin processing student and visitor visas beginning 31 July 2022, which the government says signals “the full resumption of international education.” This is...

 Nigeria: Most students want to study abroad but many also need financial aid

Nigeria: Most students want to study abroad but many also need financial aid

An annual survey exploring Nigerian students’ perceptions of study abroad and the main motivations for their decisions about where to study finds that as many as 9 in...

 Language enrolment in Spain dropped by more than 60% during COVID but recovery expected in 2022

Language enrolment in Spain dropped by more than 60% during COVID but recovery expected in 2022

A detailed new report from the national association of language schools in Spain paints a stark picture of the pandemic’s impact on the country’s language training sector, but...

 India simplifies procedures for foreign institution partnerships

India simplifies procedures for foreign institution partnerships

India’s higher education regulator the University Grants Commission (UGC) has announced a simplified set of regulations that will govern collaborations with foreign institutions and that should set the...

Canada: Immigration stream reopens, work permits extended for some students

The Canadian government has announced that it will provide some international students with a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) extension of 18 months, and it is also reopening an...

Updated Saudi scholarship programme will send 70,000 students abroad by 2030  

The Saudi government plans to send 70,000 students to 200 approved foreign institutions by 2030 under an updated approach for the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Scholarship...

UK: Stakeholders push for policies to encourage EU student and group travel

A recent analysis from the UK’s Tourism Alliance – an industry advocacy group that counts English UK among its members – points out the massive impact that Brexit...

US extends COVID guidance around online and hybrid programmes for 2022/23 academic year

US Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) announced earlier this month that its March 2020 guidance for F and M visa class students, and...

Finland makes it easier for international students to work and stay

Finland has expanded work opportunities for international students and made it easier for graduates to stay in the country to pursue careers and immigrate. The government’s new reforms,...

Economic crisis at home pressures Sri Lankan students abroad

The Sri Lankan economy is in crisis. Inflation is soaring with food prices increasing by a dizzying 30% in March alone. The national currency, the rupee, has plunged...

Australia’s foreign enrolment recovering slowly in 2022

The Australian international education sector is struggling to recover after two years of border closures despite its quality institutions and pent-up demand in many of its key markets....

ICEF Podcast: Is studying in English the only viable option?

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 the latest developments...

Alarm sounded over low approval rates for African students hoping to study in Canada  

For educators across most leading study destinations, Africa is a highly important region in which to recruit new international students. The continent’s surging population, youthful demographics, and persistent...

US visa data indicates international enrolments down marginally in 2021

After enduring a nearly 18% drop in foreign enrolments in 2020, US educators – at least in higher education – began to see room for optimism in 2021...