International students in pre-pandemic Canada were more likely than domestic students to complete master’s courses within two years, government statistics have shown. According to the Education and Labour Market Longitudinal Platform, 65% of students from overseas who started their master’s program in 2013 had completed their course within two years. For students hailing from Canada, only 58% had managed…

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The Australian government has announced it will recommence granting international student visas and allow current students to count online study while overseas to ensure the country remains a priority study abroad destination as it emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic. International students contribute AUD$40 billion annually and support 250,000 jobs. However, as a result of border…

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The UK Home Office has confirmed that international students will remain eligible for post-study work rights upon graduation if they begin or continue their studies online in the 2020/21 academic year. The news will be welcomed by those working in universities and key stakeholders advocating for the UK to come out fighting to maintain its…

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The majority of UK universities are preparing to provide in-person teaching this upcoming academic year according to a survey, while several institutions are offering prospective postgraduate students options to begin their studies in January 2021 rather than in autumn 2020. A survey carried out by Universities UK found that 97% of the 92 universities surveyed said they…

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In its announcement, the NSW government said the measures would help to protect vulnerable students and maintain the state’s track record as a “leading global study destination”. “International students are an integral part of our communities and our economy,” said minister for skills and tertiary education, Geoff Lee. “Thousands of families around the state depend on…

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Cornell University is the first Ivy League university to become ACT or SAT exam test-optional, joining an ever-growing list of US schools that are dropping the requirement for fall 2021 admissions in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Earlier in April, the College Board – the not-for-profit organisation that gives the SAT – and ACT announced the cancellation of all…

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has made temporary changes in the rule for international students working part-time in the fields such as health care, critical infrastructure, or the supply of food or other critical goods. To help battle the COVID-19 outbreak, starting immediately, the government of Canada will remove the restriction that allows international students to work a…

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In March 2020, Canada closed its borders in an attempt to help fight the spread of COVID-19. This pandemic has left international students with study permits wondering if and when they’ll be able to enter the country. Fortunately, the Government of Canada announced on March 20 that international students with study permits issued on or before March…

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Student advocacy group, Council of International Students Australia, is urging stakeholders to ensure the livelihoods of international students are equally considered in the various welfare packages being offered due to the impact of coronavirus. It is calling for freezing or reducing rents, and lowering the cost of education that has been moved online. This follows two…

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