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 Germany on pace to attract 350,000 foreign students

Germany on pace to attract 350,000 foreign students

Germany looms as large as ever on the world stage this year. A founding member of the European Union, it wields considerable political influence within Europe and around...

 US OPT rules confirmed: Foreign STEM grads can now stay and work for up to three years

US OPT rules confirmed: Foreign STEM grads can now stay and work for up to three years

Following months of legal wrangling and uncertainty over the key Optional Practical Training (OPT) programme for foreign STEM graduates in the US, new rules were formally set down...

 Further evidence of the mounting costs of UK visa policy

Further evidence of the mounting costs of UK visa policy

It has been clear for some time that more restrictive visa policies are weakening foreign student enrolments in the UK. And now both the UK’s Chartered Association of...

 Full-year data confirms strong growth for New Zealand in 2015

Full-year data confirms strong growth for New Zealand in 2015

The latest data release from Education New Zealand (ENZ) confirms another year of strong growth for the country’s international student numbers. ENZ’s full-year Student Visa Dashboard for 2015...

 US court extends deadline for new post-study STEM work rules

US court extends deadline for new post-study STEM work rules

International students in the US hoping to gain practical experience in their chosen fields of study are getting an extra and unwanted learning experience about the US legal...

China opens up work rights for foreign students; Indonesia moves to streamline visa processing

The growing trend to intra-regional mobility is one that we will continue to follow as it bears both on the world’s major established sending markets – China, India,...

Ireland implements student immigration and quality assurance reforms

Over the course of 2015, the Irish government began to introduce a number of reforms in its student immigration system, with the goal of strengthening quality assurance in...

New Zealand launches pilot for five-year pathway visa

New Zealand has introduced a new pathway visa that will allow international students to study for three consecutive programmes over a five-year period, and all on a single visa....

2015 in review: The most-read and must-reads from the year

As we count down the final days of the year, let’s take a moment to look back over 2015 with our third annual review of the most-popular items...

“Lively debate” could see foreign students excluded from net migration targets in the UK

Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne sent a strong signal last week that the British government may be moving toward excluding foreign students from official migration figures. Appearing...

Nepal emerging as an important growth market for international education

Demographic and economic shifts in Nepal, mirroring those occurring in other Asian nations, have resulted in a sharp increase in the country’s under-25 population and a rise in...

Internationalisation continues to shape the Malaysian education brand

Editor’s note: We are updating our video channels and the videos linked below are temporarily unavailable. Earlier this year, Malaysia released its national strategy for higher education, The...

Amendments to ESOS Act progressing through Australian parliament

(Editor’s note: Following the original publication of this article, the ESOS amendments passed both houses of the Australian parliament on 1 December and received royal assent on 11...

New Zealand showing strong growth in international enrolment again this year

(Editor’s note: Following the original publication of this article, Education New Zealand provided a further data release to confirm that actual international student enrolment – as distinct from...

2015 Agent Barometer survey yields new insights on student concerns and growing impact of online

Results from the 2015 installment of the ICEF i-graduate Agent Barometer are now in, and this year education agents’ responses are significantly different in some areas than in...