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 New Zealand to reopen borders in April 2022

New Zealand to reopen borders in April 2022

New Zealand’s COVID-19 Response Minister, Chris Hipkins, announced today that the country’s borders would reopen to international travellers in 2022. Fully vaccinated New Zealand citizens – along with...

 Australia will open its borders to fully vaccinated international students on 15 December 2021

Australia will open its borders to fully vaccinated international students on 15 December 2021

Editor’s note: Australia’s border opening for international students was originally planned for 1 December 2021. On 29 November, however, the Australian government announced that the opening date would...

 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...

 US and Australian enrolment trends point to longer-term impacts of pandemic

US and Australian enrolment trends point to longer-term impacts of pandemic

New enrolment data for the US illustrates that different kinds of institution are feeling the impact of the pandemic in unique ways – some institutions are recovering and...

 Australian conference highlights new thinking about international education

Australian conference highlights new thinking about international education

The 2021 Australian International Education Conference (AIEC) hosted more than 1,200 delegates last week and featured more than 70 sessions focused on the global international education marketplace and...

Australia: Border reopening begins alongside expanded vaccine approvals

Vaccination rates are going up in Australia, and as they do, the government is preparing to reopen the country’s borders more fully for its citizens and permanent residents,...

Australia approves student return pilot for New South Wales

The governments of Australia and New South Wales have approved a second major student return pilot that will see up to 250 foreign students per fortnight returning to...

Report sets out recovery framework for New Zealand schools

As in Australia, New Zealand’s schools and universities have seen their ability to recruit international students badly disrupted by continuing COVID-related border restrictions. While no clear timeline has...

Australian border closures cost ELICOS sector AUS$1.2 billion in 2020

A newly released impact study commissioned by English Australia concludes that the continuing closures of Australia’s borders led to a direct loss of AUS$1.2 billion for the ELICOS...

New Zealand to begin opening to vaccinated travellers in 2022

International students will have to wait until at least 2022 to travel to New Zealand for study, and educators are growing increasingly concerned that the government is cooling...

Australia: Building a roadmap for the return of international students

Australia’s borders have been effectively closed to international students for 18 months now, and the government has signalled that significant travel restrictions will remain in place into mid-2022....

New Zealand to close files and refund processing fees for visa backlog

Immigration New Zealand has confirmed that up to 50,000 pending visa applications will be closed, and the associated processing fees and levies refunded, given that the files “cannot...

One third of students with Australian study visas remain outside the country

In November 2020, a report from a Victoria University think tank projected that Australia could lose up to half of its foreign enrolment by mid-2021 if the country’s...

Safe arrival plan for international students approved for South Australia

A new “quarantine hub” in South Australia that will accommodate up to 160 international students has been recently approved by the Australian government and is expected to become...

New Zealand signals that border closures will remain in place into 2022

The New Zealand government has announced that borders will likely remain closed, for the most part, to international students in 2021, as it continues to pursue its COVID...