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 UK universities charter flights to bring international students back to campus

UK universities charter flights to bring international students back to campus

Dozens of universities in the United Kingdom have begun chartering flights to bring Chinese students safely to their campuses. There is financial risk that attaches to flight charters,...

 UK announces early opening of new international student immigration route

UK announces early opening of new international student immigration route

The UK government has announced that an immigration route for international students that was planned to open in January 2021 will now open on 5 October 2020. The...

 Data shows a downward trend in ELT enrolments in 2019

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...

 France reopens borders to international students; universities will reopen in September

France reopens borders to international students; universities will reopen in September

University campuses across France closed on 16 March as the COVID-19 pandemic surged across Europe. In what will mark an end to a roughly six-month closure, the Ministère...

 British ELT numbers down 82% due to COVID

British ELT numbers down 82% due to COVID

A new study from English UK highlights the severe impact that the pandemic has had on the country’s ELT sector this year. The study, which was prepared by...

ICEF Exchange podcast: Reopening visa services for the ELT sectors in the UK, Ireland and Malta

Our podcast series continues today with a special focus on visas. It is fair to say that visa processing has been one of the biggest issues in student...

UK announces new flexibility for short-term visas; ELT sector sets out plan to kickstart recovery

After a period of extended lobbying by English UK and other stakeholder organizations, the UK Home Office has increased visa flexibility for those coming to the UK for...

Ireland announces 15-country “Green List” for quarantine-free travel; ELT sector calls for support against 80% revenue shortfall

The Irish government announced an initial “Green List” of 15 countries last week. Travellers to Ireland from a Green List country may now enter the country without a...

UK continues to reopen visa processing and ease travel restrictions

As of this writing, the UK is at a “Level Three” COVID-19 alert level, meaning that the UK government has deemed the virus to be “in general circulation”...

British independent schools record 6% growth in foreign students in 2020

The number of students in British K-12 independent schools reached a record high this year, and 58,650 of these students were international, split between those with parents overseas...

Survey: EU students much less likely to study in UK without home fee status

In a series of annual announcements throughout the Brexit process, the UK had moved to protect home fee status for EU students – under which EU nationals are eligible...

Erasmus+ funding outlook for 2021 and beyond becomes more clear

The European Union’s Erasmus+ exchange programme remains one of the largest and most important student mobility initiatives in the world. This year, the programme is drawing to the...

EU students will lose home fee status in England in 2021/22

England’s Minister of State for Universities Michelle Donelan announced yesterday that EU, EEA, and Swiss students planning to begin studies at English universities will no longer be eligible...

UK academic year comes into focus with new visa guidance and updates on university services

In guidance updated 16 June, the UK Home Office has set out detailed policy and process updates for international students. This latest briefing contains a number of important...

Europe is reopening its borders and students may soon be allowed to return

Countries within the European Union are now opening their borders to each other, and some are planning to welcome travellers from specific countries outside of Europe as early...