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 UK continues to reopen visa processing and ease travel restrictions

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

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

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

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

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...

Higher education students press for refunds and discounts during COVID-19

Educators the world over are facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainty about how they will attract and retain students for the coming academic year. COVID-19 continues to be an...

UK universities face a shortfall of “at least £463 million” in 2020/21

A new survey from the British Council has found that there will likely be 14,000 fewer new students from East Asia in UK higher education in 2020/21 compared...

Ireland: temporary visa measures for language students and a plan for recovery

Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan, has introduced a package of temporary measures to ease visa conditions for international students following language courses in Ireland. In a...

English UK warns many schools will cease trading without further government support

English UK has joined a broad industry effort to lobby the British government around its current emergency relief measures. At issue is the government’s Coronavirus Business Rates Relief...

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....

Language training moves online as COVID-19 forces suspension of face-to-face programmes

Schools across the world’s leading English Language Training (ELT) destinations are suspending in-person classes in the wake of quickly unfolding travel restrictions and government directives designed to stem...

Survey measures the expected impacts of COVID-19 across education sectors and regions

A broad survey of education executives conducted in March shows that concern is widespread that COVID-19 and its societal and economic effects will be damaging in the short...

Adjusting to the new normal of international travel

As the global response to the COVID-19 virus continues to mount, the situation with respect to international travel is anything but normal. The landscape is very fluid at...