Looming end of post-COVID boom of int’l students in UK, influx of Indian students to US, and more in this week’s MSM Reporter

Looming end of post-COVID boom of int’l students in UK, influx of Indian students to US, and more in this week’s MSM Reporter

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In the UK, the British Council’s report suggested that changes in migration policy and rising study costs may lead to a decline in international student mobility to British universities this year, potentially ending the “post-COVID boom.”


Immigration Minister Marc Miller is implementing measures in Canada to reduce reliance on temporary foreign labor and international students, including a 35% cut in foreign student visas and tighter restrictions on off-campus work hours, addressing labor exploitation and housing affordability. Meanwhile, the US Consulate General in Chennai foresees Indian students becoming the predominant group among international students in the US, with over 268,000 enrolled in higher education institutions in 2022-23, and expects this figure to increase.


This week, we also report on:

  • Surge in demand for Australian postgraduate business programs
  • Int’l students in the UK still clearing their names from decade-long English test scandal
  • Dutch universities cutting English courses 

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‘In this year too, largest number of international students in US will be from India’: US Consulate

The United States’ Consulate General in Chennai projected that Indian students will continue to represent the largest group of international students in the US, surpassing even Chinese students in the near future. With over 268,000 Indian students enrolled in US higher education institutions in 2022-23, officials anticipate this number to rise further. Efforts to expand educational fairs beyond major cities aim to attract more talented students to pursue education in the US, particularly in fields like computer science and business administration, which have seen high demand in South India.

Indian Express

Canada must end reliance on cheap foreign labor, Immigration Minister Marc Miller says

Immigration Minister Marc Miller aims to reduce Canada’s reliance on temporary foreign labor and international students, introducing a 35% cut in foreign student visas and planning further restrictions on off-campus work hours. Miller acknowledged the economic challenges but emphasizes the need to address labor exploitation and housing affordability concerns fueled by rapid migration. While facing pushback from business groups, Miller asserted the necessity of balanced policies to sustain Canada’s immigration system and economy.

The Economic Times

UK universities to see end of ‘post-Covid boom’ in international student numbers

A report by the British Council predicted a decline in international student mobility to British universities in 2024 due to changes in migration policies and rising costs of studying in the United Kingdom. The decline is expected to be accompanied by greater pressure on universities to communicate proactively with Chinese students about graduate routes and career services. The report suggested that a strong pound could make British education unaffordable for many international students, particularly in key markets like Nigeria, Pakistan, and Ghana, while the re-emergence of the US’ education market poses increased competition. Universities were urged to focus on quality-based recruitment metrics, and the government was called upon to support the graduate route and maintain the UK’s competitiveness as a study destination.

The Independent

Why international students are taking the ‘back door’ route into England’s top universities

An undercover investigation revealed a “back door” route allowing international students with lower grades to gain entry into prestigious universities like those in the Russell Group. The route often involves a year-long foundation course followed by progression to an undergraduate degree. This raises concerns about fairness in university admissions, especially as these courses were initially designed to support underprivileged domestic students and accommodate international students with non-comparable qualifications.

The Irish Times

Australia sees surge in demand for postgraduate business programs among international students

Postgraduate business programs, particularly those with applied focus, are highly sought after by international students at the Australian National University (ANU), according to Amanda Barry, ANU’s director of Future Students. Barry noted increasing interest in computer science courses among international students, reflecting evolving preferences. ANU’s tailored partnerships with international universities, especially in China, facilitate student recruitment across various disciplines, mirroring broader trends in Australian higher education.

MSM Reporter

Overseas Indian students fret over delays in NZ visas

Immigration advisers have expressed concern over prolonged visa processing times for overseas students in New Zealand, affecting both applicants and educational institutions reliant on limited intakes. Delays, which have become more frequent, were believed to be particularly impacting students in specialized courses with only one annual intake. Despite efforts by Immigration New Zealand to address the issue, delays persist, potentially driving students to consider alternative study destinations.

The Indian Weekender

Canadian universities receive fewer applications from int’l students amidst policy changes

Canadian colleges and universities are facing a decline in international student applications due to the government’s two-year cap on student permits. Institutions are urging Immigration Minister Marc Miller to reconsider, warning of risks to Canada’s reputation as a top study destination. The government’s move to cap permits aims to address infrastructure strain and ensure sustainable growth, but institutions argue it could have long-term consequences for both international and domestic students.


English test scandal: students renew fight to clear names after 10 years

International students accused of cheating on English-language tests a decade ago are now seeking to clear their names after new evidence has raised questions about the Home Office’s blanket accusation against over 35,000 students. Despite evidence suggesting wrongful accusations, justice has not been served for many students who have faced financial hardship and emotional distress.  Efforts to challenge the accusations persist, with campaigners urging the Home Office to reconsider its actions.

The Guardian

Dutch universities cutting English courses to discourage international students

Fourteen universities in the Netherlands are prioritizing Dutch language skills to reduce international student numbers, focusing on Dutch-language programs over English ones and limiting recruitment of foreign workers, except in critical labor shortage areas. The shift addresses housing shortages and accessibility issues for local students caused by the surge in international enrollments, with universities advocating for a cap on English-language program enrollments as the number of international students from Europe and Asia continues to rise.

Schengen Visa

Unis canceling full-fee international students

Several universities in Australia, including the University of Wollongong, Edith Cowan, and La Trobe, are canceling enrollment offers to international students from India and Nepal due to the government’s visa crackdown, aiming to protect their tier one rating for enrolling high-quality students. The decision follows concerns about the authenticity of visa applications and increased rejection rates, prompting universities to ask students to withdraw or defer their applications to avoid repercussions. Experts worry about fairness and urged a balance between visa scrutiny and supporting quality education providers amid government pressure to manage migration and international student numbers.

Financial Review

182,000 international students in South Korea, up 9% from previous year

South Korea attracted 182,000 international students last year, marking a nearly 9% increase from 2022. The country aims to reach 300,000 international students by 2027, focusing on degree and non-degree courses under the Study Korea 300K Project to boost the economy. Efforts include evaluating universities annually, expanding government scholarships, and increasing quotas for STEM programs and specific countries like Poland, the United Arab Emirates, India, and Pakistan.


Japan OKs new program to attract more foreign workers as its population shrinks

Japan has approved a new program to attract more foreign workers, replacing the criticized Technical Intern Training Program. The new system focuses on skills development, offering trainees the opportunity to upgrade to a skilled worker category and stay for up to five years. Despite efforts to create a more inclusive society and attract foreign workers, job options for trainees will still be restricted under the new program.

ABC News

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