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 New Zealand takes next step in recovery plan with major pathways initiative

New Zealand takes next step in recovery plan with major pathways initiative

Most foreign travel to New Zealand remains suspended, following an October 2020 announcement that a previous halt on temporary visa visitors, including study visas, would continue until February...

 Australia announces borders will stay closed as study projects international enrolment could fall by half by mid-2021

Australia announces borders will stay closed as study projects international enrolment could fall by half by mid-2021

Australia’s foreign enrolment is projected to drop to 50% of current numbers in 2021 if borders remain closed to international arrivals, according to a new report from the...

 Shutdown of study abroad for Australian students a reminder that international education is a “two-way street”

Shutdown of study abroad for Australian students a reminder that international education is a “two-way street”

A new study highlights that study abroad programmes for Australian students have essentially ground to a halt this year, with the prospect that up to 100,000 Australian students...

 New Zealand to allow first international students to return this year

New Zealand to allow first international students to return this year

The government of New Zealand has been rightly lauded for its approach to protecting citizens during the pandemic, and this has included an almost-total shutdown of the country’s...

 Australia approves pilot to bring international students to Northern Territory

Australia approves pilot to bring international students to Northern Territory

Australia has announced a second, federally approved pilot to bring international students back into the country under tightly controlled conditions, including two weeks of mandatory, supervised quarantine. There...

Data shows a downward trend in ELT enrolments in 2019

The five major English Language Teaching (ELT) destinations – the United States, the UK, Australia, Canada, and Ireland – have now reported their enrolment data for 2019, and...

ICEF Exchange podcast: Australia’s response to student safety, welfare, and support during COVID-19

We are trying something different in our podcast series this week. As listeners may know, ICEF recently conducted its first-ever virtual event. ICEF Virtual ANZA was held from...

First approved pilot aims to bring hundreds of Asian students to South Australia

About 300 Asian students will return to Australian universities this September as part of a pilot programme intended to be a step towards revitalising the country’s international education...

New Zealand cautions on border reopening, announces industry relief funding

New Zealand Education Minister Chris Hipkins sounded a cautious note during a 27 July media briefing, which focused in part on the introduction of a new recovery strategy...

Australia resumes student visa processing with new measures to strengthen international education sector

The Australian government announced several important developments for student visa processing earlier this week in a bid to “ensure international students are not worse off due to the...

Australia announces July pilot to welcome back international students

As of this writing, Australia has been able to manage its coronavirus caseload down to fewer than 500 active cases, an accomplishment that is allowing the government to...

Australia: Updated modelling projects four-year loss of AUS$16 billion for universities

Updated forecasts from Universities Australia project a financial impact of up to AUS$16 billion for the nation’s universities through 2023 (US$11.2 billion). The estimate is based on new...

Australia and New Zealand set out plans for reopening to international students

Australia and New Zealand have both been lauded for their success in stemming the COVID-19 outbreak. As of 12 May, Australia had recorded just under 7,000 confirmed cases...

COVID-19 restrictions “unprecedented” in history of international travel

A new report from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO) highlights that 96% of all destinations worldwide have introduced travel restrictions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic....

Country briefing: Australia rallies to provide additional supports for international students

Editor’s note: This article is part of a series of country-specific briefings that we will publish in the coming weeks on major study destinations and sending markets alike....