Note From the Editor
The number of foreign students enrolled in the United States has reached pre-pandemic levels, according to a recent report from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. This 10.1 percent rise from the previous year signifies that the international education industry is back on track after the disruption brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.
In Canada, Ukrainians who fled to the province of Saskatchewan to seek refuge from the war with Russia will now be entitled to the same tuition rates as domestic students. The province assured that the Ukrainian students need not pay a substantially higher foreign student enrollment rate by setting up a buffer fund allocated for them.
All these and more key developments from Australia, United Kingdom, Japan and Korea in this week’s edition of MSM Reporter.
The next batch of study visas for Indian students traveling to the United States will be made available in the coming weeks, according to Eric Garcetti, the recently appointed United States Ambassador to India. The US mission in India is planning to begin study visa appointments from June 1, with slots available till mid-July. The mission will expand the number of appointments between mid-July and August, depending on demand. According to US officials, compared to previous year, the nation has granted two and a half times as many Indians non-immigrant visas in the last six months. For the Fall admission, the mission currently anticipates interviewing the greatest number of Indian students between June and August.
Ukrainians who fled the war with Russia and sought refuge in Saskatchewan will now be entitled for the same tuition rates as domestic students. Saskatchewan has set aside funds to ensure that these Ukrainian students need not pay the substantially higher foreign student fees. While international students normally pay between $25,000 and $35,000 per year, Ukrainian students will now pay $7,000 to $9,000 per year, a similar rate for local students. Gordon Wyant, Minister of Advanced Education, stated that the higher tuition rate was a barrier for Ukrainian students and that the province plans to spend approximately $400,000 to accommodate them as domestic students.
The United Kingdom government is planning to restrict family members’ ability to join international master’s students at the country’s institutions. Official figures show a huge increase in the number of visas issued to families of international students, rising from 16,047 in 2019 to 135,788 in 2022. Students from India and Nigeria have been especially likely to bring their families. Despite the ruling Conservative Party’s pledge to curb migration levels, future statistics are projected to show record levels of migration in 2022. In light of this, negotiations are underway between the UK’s Department of Education, Home Office, and Treasury to establish rules prohibiting dependents from joining master’s students on one-year courses.
According to recent research, more than a third of first-year undergraduate students in Scotland are international students, who contribute considerably to the country’s economy. The study, released by Universities UK International, the Higher Education Policy Institute, and Kaplan International in collaboration with London Economics, found that the presence of international students generated a staggering £4.75 billion ($5.91 billion) for the Scottish economy during the 2021/22 academic year with universities in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, and Dundee attracting the most.
Aspiring immigrants may be impacted by the cost of applying for an Australian visa beginning on July 1. The 2023-24 Migration Program will prioritize talented workers by allocating 70 percent of its slots to the skill stream. Additionally, those with student visas will have less time to work, with a limit of 48 hours per two weeks. Some temporary graduate visa holders will be granted an additional two years of post-study work rights, allowing them to gain vital job experience in Australia. These adjustments reflect Australia’s shifting immigration laws and the government’s emphasis on luring in those with advanced degrees.
A new report from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) states that the number of international students enrolled in American universities has returned to pre-pandemic levels. There were 1,362,157 active F-1 and M-1 visa holders studying in the US in 2022, according to the report, which used data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). This figure represents a 10.1 percent rise from the previous year. 90 percent of these students were enrolled in higher education institutions and working for associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degrees. The increase in international student enrollment in United States universities is a sign of hope for the future of higher education globally.
The practice of “institution swapping,” which allows overseas students to switch from elite colleges to more affordable ones, was exposed in a parliamentary investigation. Agents were able to increase their commission through this technique. Agents enlisted the aid of counselors and general practitioners (GPs), who issued medical certificates, to enable these transfers. International education expert Varsha Devi Balakrishnan of the Lygon Group said that before traveling to Australia, students frequently discussed this tactic with agents. However, students encountered a number of challenges and limitations despite their hopes for greater employment outcomes.
Three bills intended to reform higher education have been signed into law in Florida by Governor Ron DeSantis. The state’s colleges and universities will be significantly impacted by these policies. The new regulations will limit course material, reduce financing for diversity initiatives, alter hiring procedures, and erode academic tenure rights. The governor’s signing ceremony took place at a prestigious educational facility, emphasizing the significance of these amendments in the context of his larger effort to change the face of Florida’s higher education system.
Higher education institutions in the Netherlands have experienced slower growth in international student enrollment during the 2022-23 academic year. The increase in international students is only 7 percent, compared to previous years where it ranged from 10 to 12 percent. Currently, there are 122,287 international students from 167 countries studying at Dutch universities and colleges, comprising 15 percent of all degree students. Most international students (88,265) come from countries within the European Economic Area while 33,816 students are from outside the EEA.
Former Victorian Police Chief Christine Nixon conducted a review, which revealed that criminal syndicates were taking advantage of Australia’s vulnerable education visa and migration systems. These syndicates were using fraudulent students for illegal activities such as involvement in the sex industry. The government has made a commitment to take action and rectify the flaws in the immigration system. The review identified unregulated education agents, migration agents, and vocational education providers as facilitators of human trafficking. However, the opposition leader has disregarded the findings of the review.
According to the data released by the Ministry of Education, the number of international students enrolled in Korean higher education institutions was a record high of 166,869 last year, which was 10 percent higher than the year before. The numbers have been growing since 2015 and this rebound is due to classes returning to full operation and universities recruiting more foreign students due to Korea’s declining population. The Education Ministry plans to attract more foreign students and improve scholarship systems and visa issues.
A significant number of international students graduating from universities in Japan in 2024 are facing challenges in securing employment due to language and other obstacles. The government aims to enhance the post-graduation job prospects for foreign students in Japan, but currently, only 40 percent are successful in finding employment. To assist foreign students, the government is offering various forms of support, including Japanese language education and internship opportunities. Additionally, the government is urging companies to reassess their internal structures to better accommodate foreign employees.
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