Note from the Editor
This week’s stories are centered on international and visa applications being opened to international students. More global learners are encouraged to apply as the chances of getting their applications and visas approved are higher. The governments of different countries are also extending considerations for student visas.
The Texas Southern University (TSU) in the US and the Foundation for India Studies (FIS) have announced the establishment of an India Studies program for its graduate school to promote the study of India in this country, particularly in the city of Houston. This partnership that promotes the study of India in the US will develop and implement India-focused programs at the university in cooperation with the foundation, a TSU release said. The program will include a series of public and academic symposia, conferences, and guest speakers that emphasize the connection between the struggle for liberation in India and the African American struggle for equality in the United States, the release said.
International students are returning to Wisconsin Dells in fuller force after the pandemic shut down opportunities to work. The Wisconsin Dells Visitor and Convention Bureau is noticing an “uptick” in J-1 visas this season, according to Communications Manager Leah Hauck-Mills. She added that a lot of embassies have opened up around the world so they are getting an influx of students coming back, which is good for the workforce. This type of visa doubles as a cultural exchange program and a seasonal job.
Canada is planning a major overhaul for its point-based Express Entry system, allowing the Canadian government to invite candidates who fulfill real-time labor requirements. According to the proposed bill, the new version of the Express Entry system will allow invitations to be based on criteria like specific academic credentials and industry-based occupations. Immigration Minister Sean Fraser indicated that the Express Entry program, as it stands today, is being reviewed along these lines in various discussions with stakeholders, or in public forums.
The far-reaching effects of Halifax’s housing crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic have created obstacles for international students looking to study in the province, forcing them to scramble to find suitable accommodations. While the housing market in Atlantic Canada’s biggest city continues to heat up, international students are finding little in the way of selection. Umme Mim Mohsin, a master’s student at Dalhousie University, said that she held a webinar earlier this year to help other international students who are also finding it difficult to find a place to stay while they study. She added that it is her advocacy to help other students who went through the same situation as her since she doesn’t want others to go through it as well.
A survey suggests that international students would be more likely to consider studying in the UK if they were allowed to stay and work for three years instead of two. Foreign students have been able to stay on and work in the UK for two years after completing their courses since July last year, when the government reinstated the two-year post-study work visa after years of pressure from universities. The change would bring the UK closer to Australia’s approach, which offers overseas graduates a post-study work visa of up to four years, depending on their course and level of study.
Applications to UK universities are set to rise by nearly 50% within five years from international students, according to new figures from Ucas. In a survey of more than 1,200 students across 116 countries planning to study internationally, factors such as global admiration of the NHS and the English language were important for those considering university in the UK. Ucas forecasts that the volume of international undergraduate applicants will increase by 46% to 208,500 by 2026.
International students who intend to continue higher level studies this autumn will be allowed to work in Ireland over the summer. More than 2,000 English language students were due to have their Stamp 2 visas expire next week. The English Language Students Union had said that a number of these students had paid deposits to continue their studies in Ireland in September, but were at risk of not being able to return if they give up their accommodation. Stamp 2 visas allow international students to live and study in Ireland. They can also work under a limit of 20 hours a week during term time, and 40 hours a week during college holiday periods.
The International course provider Study Group proposes that the Federal Government must develop a new funding strategy where universities should not have to depend on uncertain and dwindling international student fees to underpin key research. Study Group Australia Director Alex Chevrolle said now was the time for the new Government to develop a comprehensive research funding strategy that shifts this onus. He added that international students are a critical part of a healthy, prosperous Australia for all.
An injection of returning international students will be a welcome boost for Manawatū’s education sector as New Zealand’s borders reopen post Covid-19. Earlier this year, the Government announced a border class exception for up to 5000 international students to enter the country from mid 2022. Then earlier this month, the Government announced the borders would fully reopen and students could apply to enter New Zealand from July 31. Of the 5000 exemptions, universities were given 1450 places, including 217 for Massey.
Hungary hosts almost three times more students than it sends abroad. The latest statistics indicate that, recently, Hungary hosted precisely 35,579 foreign students, and it sent up to 13,038 students to pursue higher education abroad – Erudera said. Alma Miftari from Erudera noted that Hungary is becoming an increasingly favored study abroad destination, maintaining great credibility over the years, and has a solid tradition in the sciences, particularly medicine. Farther high-quality education, Hungary also offers a cheerful and welcoming culture, a fascinating history, and beautiful cities.
Some 267,800 students pursuing Bachelor’s degrees in Germany completed their studies in 2019, specifically during the winter semester 2018/19 and the summer semester of 2019. According to data by the Federal Statistical Office (Destatis), 45 percent of these students who earned their bachelor’s degrees in 2019 had started their master’s studies again in Germany during winter of 2020/21. Destatis reports that the rate of transition from a bachelor’s to a master’s degree course at the country’s universities has not changed from the examination year 2018.
British High Commissioner Alex Ellis in an interview with Sanjeev Singh Bariana and Hamir Singh says students are the biggest link in relations between India and the UK. He says the number of Indian students in the UK has tripled in the past three years. “The UK issued around 1,00,000 visas to Indian students this year with a sizable number of them being Punjabis,” he says.
IBT College is a private career college located in Toronto, Ontario. They are registered at the Ministry of Colleges and Universities, under the Private Career Colleges Act of 2005, and are affiliated to the National Association of Career Colleges (NACC) and Career Colleges Ontario (CCO).
IBT is the first college in Ontario to offer a full Ministry-approved Flight Attendant Program. In addition, IBT College—as a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) through its affiliation with EduCanada and the support of more than 270 international education partners around the world—works intensively to collaborate with the efforts of Canada to promote Canadian education to international students.
The Bachelor of Business Administration program at Fred C. Manning Acadia University provides students with a comprehensive understanding of business fundamentals and the opportunity to pursue chosen areas of specialization. The first of the BBA Program consists of introductory level courses in economics, statistics, communication, accounting, and business. The second year is considered as the core year where financial, marketing, operational and human realities of business are taught. The third and fourth years are the interest driven years where students complete the required portion of the program and choose business and non-business electives.
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