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77% of International Students Willing to Quarantine

77% of International Students Willing to Quarantine

More than three quarters of international students would be willing to quarantine if it meant they would be able to start face-to-face learning sooner, a study released by IDP Connect has revealed.

Of the 4,300 students surveyed, 77 percent said they would rather quarantine and start on-campus learning sooner than defer their entry this year.

Simon Emmett, Chief Executive Officer of IDP Connect said: “Despite the ongoing global lockdowns and travel restrictions, students remain determined to study abroad.”

Students want a greater focus on practical aspects

Students want a greater focus on practical aspects

IDP’s survey also revealed that international students want to see a greater focus on practical matters that majorly impact them.

Andrew Barkla, Chief Executive Officer of IDP Education said: “Students want practical advice and help in arranging accommodation in quarantine, flights and logistics when they arrive.”

He added that the parents of international students want to be assured that there is adequate healthcare available for their child if they fall ill while studying abroad.

Emmett said: “The research findings serve as a reminder that we need to put ourselves in our students’ shoes.

“Rather than focus on policy and domestic-focused rhetoric discussions, our sector must provide students and their parents with clear, practical and aligned information and support.”

Universities respond to coronavirus

Universities respond to coronavirus

In an ongoing QS survey, universities were asked what changes they had made in response to the coronavirus.

Moving lectures online

In the survey, pulled on July 14th, 74 percent of institutions revealed that they have moved some of their courses online as a response to the coronavirus.

This backs up findings from the accompanying QS coronavirus survey, which revealed that 49 percent of students surveyed expected universities to move more of their lectures online. A larger 59 percent of students said they expected lectures to be held in larger rooms to maintain social distancing measures.

Extending deadlines

Only 39 percent of universities surveyed said that they had changed their application deadlines and their offer acceptance deadlines for the next intake of students.

Delaying courses

Interestingly, 32 percent of universities were deferring some of their 2020 offers to 2021 and 31 percent said that they were pushing back the start dates of some of their courses until the following semester.

Fewer international students

Decrease in international students

According to the same ongoing QS survey, almost three quarters (74 percent) of institutions surveyed believed that they would see a decrease in the international student recruitment applications at their university.

When asked why this is, 74 percent revealed that it was because they believed international students would be unable to travel to the country.

This may be impacted by the recent visa restrictions imposed in the US, which were announced on 6th July.  Under these new restrictions, student visas for international students will be withdrawn if their university decides to move teaching completely online.

Further to this, 72 percent of institutions thought that international students would be afraid to travel, and 66 percent believed international students would defer their studies until the next academic year.

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Written by Chloe Lane
A Content Writer for TopUniversities.com, Chloe has a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Reading and grew up in Leicestershire, UK. 

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