Tag Archives: international students

Canada’s changing coronavirus border policy exposes international students’ precarious status

Canada’s changing coronavirus border policy exposes international students’ precarious status

Canada’s border closure announcements have thrown international students and other foreign nationals on a roller coaster of anxiety that jeopardizes many people’s sense of wellness and security. Since U.S. President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens of countries with substantial Muslim populations in 2017, Canada has strengthened its position as a welcoming country for international […] … learn more→

The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest crisis ever to hit international education

The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest crisis ever to hit international education

The coronavirus outbreak may be the biggest disruption to international student flows in history. There are more than 100,000 students stuck in China who had intended to study in Australia this year. As each day passes, it becomes more unlikely they will arrive in time for the start of the academic year. Of course international affairs are […] … learn more→

Are international students passing university courses at the same rate as domestic students?

Are international students passing university courses at the same rate as domestic students?

Monday night’s ABC Four Corners program alleged several universities were admitting international students without the English-language skills needed to successfully complete their courses, effectively setting them up to fail. Such claims have been made so often, including by government agencies, that there is little doubt problems exist. But just how widespread these problems are is hard to assess. One […] … learn more→

Brexit, xenophobia and international students: how to combat ‘public paranoia’ over immigration

Brexit, xenophobia and international students: how to combat ‘public paranoia’ over immigration

No sector in the UK has more enthusiastically embraced globalisation than higher education. Top universities have erected campuses in new continents, expanded their share of students from abroad, and touted their instruction of “global citizens”. The University of Oxford, for example, boasts that its “international profile rivals that of any university in the world”. My own institution labels itself […] … learn more→

Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric is already hurting US higher education

Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric is already hurting US higher education

International enrolments at colleges and universities have been a major boost to the US economy in recent years, and have been crucial to ensuring the financial stability of many higher education institutions. According to a 2017 report by the Institute of International Education, there were 1.08 million international students studying in the US in 2016-17, marking […] … learn more→

Do international students in Britain need better English skills?

Do international students in Britain need better English skills?

The start of the academic year is fast approaching, with new students from across the UK looking forward to starting university with a mix of trepidation and excitement. The UK is also a popular place for international students to study, given that it has some of the best universities in the world. This means that […] … learn more→

Trump’s immigration ban: Will it undercut American soft power?

Trump’s immigration ban: Will it undercut American soft power?

The Trump administration moved over the weekend to ban all immigration from seven Muslim nations, including stopping the entry of students and scholars with valid study and work visas from those countries. A large number of students come to study in the United States from these nations: Iran ranks 11th on the list of countries […] … learn more→

Dwindling US international student numbers? Don’t blame Trump!

Dwindling US international student numbers? Don’t blame Trump!

This year will be an auspicious year for many reasons. Russia will celebrate the centenary of the Bolshevik revolution. Canada will celebrate its 150th birthday. But there are also portents of a year of change and disruption for higher education throughout the world. The election of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States will […] … learn more→