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 Surveys show foreign enrolment declines in the US in 2019/20 and impact of COVID-19

Surveys show foreign enrolment declines in the US in 2019/20 and impact of COVID-19

The Institute of International Education’s (IIE) annual Open Doors survey, released today, shows that in the academic year 2019/20, total international enrolments in US higher education institutions fell...

 Biden presidency offers hope for both US educators and foreign students

Biden presidency offers hope for both US educators and foreign students

President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’s electoral win this past weekend in the United States is encouraging US educators to hope that a more favourable political...

 Changing tactics: How destination marketing organisations are adapting during the pandemic

Changing tactics: How destination marketing organisations are adapting during the pandemic

A feature webinar at ICEF Berlin showcased how three well-established destination marketing organisations (DMOs) have adjusted their marketing efforts during the pandemic. The variety in approach reflects that...

 Report urges US educators to innovate in the face of declining international enrolments

Report urges US educators to innovate in the face of declining international enrolments

A new NAFSA report says that because international enrolment in the US is no longer following a growth trajectory, higher education institutions in the country must embrace new...

 US investigation leads to arrests and revoked OPT work authorisations

US investigation leads to arrests and revoked OPT work authorisations

The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced last week the results of a months-long investigation into fraud in the wildly popular optional practical training programme (OPT) for...

Canada shares list of institutions approved to welcome international students

The Government of Canada has published a list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) that have had their COVID-19 readiness plans approved by their respective provincial or territorial government....

ICEF Exchange podcast: US international student recruitment in the time of COVID-19

Our podcast series continues with a wide-ranging discussion about the world’s leading study destination, the United States. As readers may be aware, ICEF recently held ICEF Virtual Americas. The...

Canada to open border to international students

Canada’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino announced on Friday that the country would re-open its borders to international students as of 20 October 2020. Effective that...

US administration plans fixed-term limits for international student visas

The US administration, through the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has released a proposal for a new rule that would fundamentally change the visa regime for international students...

Tracking reported and projected higher education enrolment through September

As the pandemic began to take hold early this year, it quickly became clear that the severity of its impact would depend greatly on how long it continued...

ICEF Exchange podcast: Latin America market update: Agent and educator reaction to COVID-19

Our podcast series continues with an in-depth review of current conditions and the future outlook for a number of key Latin American markets. As readers may be aware,...

US revokes over 1,000 Chinese students’ visas due to national security concerns

Over the past three months, the US government has revoked the visas of more than 1,000 Chinese students who it deems to be “high-risk graduate students and research...

US visa data indicates a further decline in foreign enrolment in 2019

The US Department of Homeland Security’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has released its SEVIS by the Numbers report for 2019, and it reveals a slight decrease...

Canada expands post-graduate work permit eligibility for students impacted by COVID-19

Updated 26 August guidance from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) includes three important announcements for international students. Through 30 April 2021, IRCC is now allowing students to...

ICEF Exchange podcast: Building safe student corridors: A case study from Canada

Our podcast series continues with a closer look at some comprehensive plans and protocols for safe student arrivals during the pandemic. The Canadian example is an interesting one...