Note From the Editor
As Canada unveils an ambitious plan to increase the number of immigrants entering the country, many are fearing the effects of the global recession on the plans of international students in the United States. Indeed, international education continues to face challenges as countries struggle to get back to some semblance of pre-pandemic normalcy. As always, let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best.
The federal Liberal government in Canada has unveiled plans for a huge increase in the number of immigrants entering Canada, with a goal of seeing 500,000 people arrive each year by 2025 as it seeks to address a critical labor shortage across the country. The plan was largely welcomed by industry groups and others, but there are questions about whether it goes far enough – and whether it is even achievable, given a large backlog of applications at Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
The looming U.S. recession will affect international students in many different ways, including making studies more expensive, increasing the cost of living in study destinations, and creating a freeze in hiring. In addition to these issues, the Reserve Bank of India recently hiked interest rates on education loans. For Indian students studying abroad, larger loans mean larger EMIs with lesser stability in the job market.
More than 155,000 U.S. visas have been issued to Chinese students and scholars since May of last year, making China the top source of international students in the U.S. for the 12th consecutive year despite rising tensions. The US embassy in Beijing said in a conference on Monday that the US “remains welcoming” to Chinese students, despite media reports about student visa restrictions and suspensions.
The federal government in Canada announced that it will temporarily lift the cap that restricts international students from working more than 20 hours a week. The rule has largely been seen as outdated and has been blamed for putting added pressure on vulnerable students already dealing with the intense financial and social demands of relocating to a new country. This is also seen as creating dangerous opportunities for exploitation.
A new survey revealed that two-thirds of international students in Ireland have said the housing crisis has negatively impacted their mental health. The Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) asked 465 students about their journey to finding accommodation in Ireland, and 10pc said it took them in excess of 100 days to find somewhere to live. Sixty-six percent agreed or strongly agreed that their mental health suffered due to their difficulty in finding accommodation.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Australia’s borders were closed and international students were among those who were stranded. This disrupted lives and studies and put a major revenue stream for Australian universities in doubt. The latest data shows, however, that international students are returning to Australia. Since international borders reopened in December 2021, the number of overseas students in Australia has risen by more than 120,000.
The recent figures released by the world’s largest funding organization for international exchange have revealed that Germany continues to be one of the world’s most popular countries for international students despite the COVID-19 pandemic effects. According to the report, nearly 350,000 international students have attended higher education institutions in Germany during the winter semester 2021/22, an 8-percent increase from last year when the figure was around 25,000 students.
Although the incomes of people have taken a hit in the near-post-pandemic era, contrastingly, the trend of studying abroad in India appears to be continuing to grow, especially in northern states such as Punjab where the consultants say that more than 40% of all students who migrated from India to foreign countries are from the “food bowl of India.”
Germany is poised to open slots for student visa appointments from November 1, 2022. Fresh procedural requirements are announced for correctness and authenticity for foreign students applying for a visa to study in Germany. The new requirements include the need for applicant students to procure and produce an APS certificate, to be attached to the student visa application.
The Norwegian government has allocated for 13 universities and colleges a total of approximately €8.8 million for international educational collaboration with partners in nations like Brazil, Japan, India, South Africa, China, United States, Canada, and South Korea. This is intended to enhance Norway’s reputation as a destination for higher education, according to the Norwegian Ministry of Education.
The Japanese and American governments are working to increase the number of students from each other’s countries through a campaign that asks current and former students to post photos, videos, and stories of their experiences on Instagram using the hashtags “#USJapanStudyAbroad” or “#JapanUSStudyAbroad.”
A nationwide roadshow highlighting the opportunities available to new senior high school and college students has started. Universities and colleges from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States, and other nations in Europe and North America send representatives to the expo to show and talk about the advantages of enrolling in their institutions.
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