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 Australian ELICOS reached 20-year low in 2021 but recovery is now underway

Australian ELICOS reached 20-year low in 2021 but recovery is now underway

“The past two years has been devastating for our English language teaching sector here in Australia,” said English Australia CEO Brett Blacker. Mr Blacker was speaking during a...

 Survey shows Australia is “well poised to win back market share” as a top study destination

Survey shows Australia is “well poised to win back market share” as a top study destination

More than 700 agents surveyed in May 2022 agree that international student interest in studying in Australia has bounced back significantly since the country’s borders re-opened in mid-December...

 Australian visa data indicates continued recovery through first half of 2022

Australian visa data indicates continued recovery through first half of 2022

A just-released report from Australia’s Department of Home Affairs provides some important updates on the country’s student visa programme. Of the roughly 230,000 student visas granted so far...

 ICEF Podcast: Study destinations Australia and New Zealand back in the game

ICEF Podcast: Study destinations Australia and New Zealand back in the game

In this episode of our continuing podcast series, recorded live at ICEF ANZA in Adelaide, ICEF’s Craig Riggs (editor of ICEF Monitor) and Martijn van de Veen (vice-president...

 New Zealand moves to active footing for student recruitment with new national strategy

New Zealand moves to active footing for student recruitment with new national strategy

Following a limited opening of its border this quarter, New Zealand will resume processing for student and visitor visas as of 31 July 2022. This, the government has...

Visa processing delays a hurdle for major study abroad destinations this year

There is a growing disconnect between pent-up demand for study abroad and significant visa processing delays in the countries students want to study in. As a result, agents...

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...

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....

New Zealand extends agency status through 2022; new agent applications still on hold

Education New Zealand (ENZ) has announced that agencies that currently have ENZ Recognised Agency status will have that status extended until December 2022. “COVID-19 has continued to impact...

Australia and India moving toward mutual recognition of higher education qualifications

The governments of Australia and India have agreed to begin work on a new framework for the mutual recognition of higher education qualifications, which will provide Australian educators...

Australia: International enrolments down 17% in 2021; but visa applications now trending up

Australia’s borders were closed to international students for most of 2021, which led to an even steeper fall-off in enrolments than in 2020. International student numbers fell by...

Tens of thousands of international students return to Australia

International students are flocking back to Australia: more than 56,000 have arrived since November 2021 – and 7,000 of those arrived between 23 January and 30 January 2022...

New Zealand confirms border reopening; first international students to return April 2022

New Zealand will reopen its border in five stages throughout 2022, with fully vaccinated international students prioritised for the third stage beginning 12 April, when 5,000 international students...

Australia further eases work rights and offers visa fee refunds for returning students

Australia announced earlier this month that international students employed in some sectors would be permitted to work more than 40 hours per fortnight given skills shortages and a...

Australia relaxes cap on international student work hours in selected industries

Serious labour shortages in Australia due to workers having to isolate because of COVID-19 have prompted the government to temporarily extend the number of hours international students can...