US still top intl ed choice, Canada to amend foreign student counting, and more in this week’s MSM Reporter

US still top intl ed choice, Canada to amend foreign student counting, and more in this week’s MSM Reporter

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With approximately 350 languages spoken within its borders, the US stands out as one of the world’s most linguistically diverse nations, enhancing students’ interpersonal skills and preparing them for an increasingly globalized workforce. Thus it’s no longer surprising that it once again emerges as a top-of-mind among international students, per a new Study International report. 


Meanwhile, Canada plans to change the way it counts foreign students – amid mulling over potential caps on foreign student visas due to a prevailing housing crunch and to maintain the “integrity” of the immigration system. The UK issues approximately 132,000 visas to Nigerians in the first half of 2023 alone, while countries like France plan to boost their international student numbers, particularly from markets like India, the same way in the short and long term. 


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US continues to attract international students despite limited financial aid options

The United States remains a top destination for international students, drawing them with its renowned higher education system, diverse academic offerings, and promising personal and professional prospects, according to Study International. In the 2021-22 academic year, a record 948,519 international students chose the US for higher education and research-driven learning, epitomized by institutions like Harvard and Yale. Beyond academics, the US offers a culturally diverse environment with over 350 languages spoken, fostering cross-cultural understanding and global connections. Despite limited financial aid, scholarships remain available, as seen in comprehensive financial aid programs for international students from institutions like Wesleyan, Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Dartmouth, Haverford, Amherst, and Duke universities.

MSM Reporter

Canada to change how it counts foreign students, workers amid housing crunch

Statistics Canada is revising its methodology for counting non-permanent residents, including foreign students and workers, following concerns of underestimating their numbers by possibly up to a million. This change comes amid a heated debate over housing affordability, partly attributed to an influx of migrants and international students increasing housing demand. As the government considers potential caps on foreign student visas, accurate data is deemed crucial for informed decision-making. While Statistics Canada stands by its current figures, it plans to release more detailed data next month with the revised approach to provide a clearer demographic picture of Canada and address housing shortages.

U.S. News

The United Kingdom issued some 132,000 visas to Nigerians in H1 2023

In a recent interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), British Deputy High Commissioner Jonny Baxter disclosed that the United Kingdom issued approximately 132,000 visas to Nigerians in the first half of 2023, encompassing various visa categories such as visit, work, and study visas. This significant figure marks a continued trend, with 324,000 visas granted to Nigerians the previous year, comprising about 10 percent of the UK’s total visas issued. Baxter emphasized the importance of legal routes and adherence to the country’s rules while welcoming Nigerians to study or settle in the UK. Additionally, he addressed changes in visa policies, including the review of fees and the introduction of a new policy in January 2024, urging applicants to plan ahead due to visa processing timeframes.


Ukrainian refugees to be housed in tented accommodation from next week

Ukrainian refugees seeking shelter in Ireland may soon find themselves accommodated in tents as the government grapples with a “significant” housing shortfall. Minister for Housing Darragh O’Brien acknowledged the challenges posed by the influx of refugees and assured that efforts are underway to address the shortage. Over 10,000 Ukrainian refugees have arrived in Ireland since May, with a deficit of accommodation prompting the potential use of tented facilities starting next week. Concerns have been raised by advocacy groups, calling for a more comprehensive government response to the crisis. Tánaiste, Minister for Foreign Affairs, and Minister for Defense Micheál Martin described the situation as the “weaponization of migration as a tool of warfare” by Russia.


Erasmus Mundus scholarship for international students

The Erasmus Mundus program of the European Union enhances global higher education with fully funded scholarships and international academic collaborations. Joint Masters programs, created by consortia of universities from various countries, offer financial support, including waived tuition, monthly stipends, and travel allowances. Open to applicants worldwide, including Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Brazil, and Kenya, the scholarships have minimal eligibility criteria, making them accessible to all ages and recent graduates. No prior work experience or professor contacts are needed, and students can apply to three programs, offering a unique opportunity to study in multiple European nations. 

The Financial Express

Universities offer opportunity for level playing field

The Independent Tertiary Education Council Australia (ITECA) has responded to the Australian Universities Accord Interim Report, highlighting stark disparities in student funding, research access, and regulatory treatment between public and independent institutions. ITECA advocates for an integrated tertiary education system, supporting lifelong learning, while proposing a genuine universal learning entitlement and an end to the student loan tax. However, the suggested “international student levy” faces widespread skepticism, and some argue that these reforms may fall short of the Australian government’s generational change aspirations.

Mirage News

HEBUT launches New Zealand campus following Finnish triumph

Hebei University of Technology (HEBUT) continues its global expansion, opening a second overseas campus in New Zealand following its initial success in Finland. HEBUT’s collaboration with Massey University in New Zealand is poised to deepen the academic ties between the two institutions. The partnership was officially sealed in a ceremony attended by HEBUT Party Chief Han Xu and Massey University Principal Jan Thomas, emphasizing a longstanding 16-year partnership. This move reflects HEBUT’s commitment to fostering cultural exchanges between China and New Zealand, with ambitious plans for future collaboration.

China Daily

AIRC urges comprehensive approach to strengthen US as top choice for foreign students

The American International Recruitment Council (AIRC) is advocating for a more integrated approach to international student recruitment to boost the US’s position as a top choice for global learners. AIRC emphasizes the need for a comprehensive perspective on international student mobility, accommodating diverse pathways that align with personal, academic, and professional aspirations. Recommendations include promoting various educational entry points, enhancing awareness, and creating coherent educational pathways, aiming to expand access to US education and support international student mobility.

MSM Reporter

IRCC extends transition period for distance learning measures to December 2023

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a crucial extension of distance learning measures, allowing international students to count 100 percent of their overseas study time toward Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) eligibility if they began their studies before August 31, 2022. For those starting between September 1, 2022 and December 31, 2023, 50 percent of the time can be counted. This vital extension aims to support students affected by the pandemic’s travel restrictions and facilitates their path to remaining in Canada for work and potential permanent residency.

CIC News

Study abroad: France invites 30,000 Indian students by 2030

France has opened its doors to a whopping 30,000 Indian students as part of its ambitious plan to strengthen educational ties between the two nations by 2030. This initiative comes at a time when international education opportunities are in high demand, offering Indian students a chance to explore the rich culture and quality education that France has to offer. The move is set to promote cross-cultural exchange and bolster academic cooperation between the two countries.

The Times of India

Egypt, US discuss boosting cooperation in Higher Education, Scientific Research

Ayman Ashour, Egypt’s minister of higher education and scientific research, has met with Sean Jones, the new Mission Director for USAID in Egypt, to discuss deepening collaboration in higher education and scientific research. Ashour lauded USAID’s support for Egypt’s National Strategy for Higher Education 2030 and emphasized the importance of internationalizing higher education. They also explored projects, including the establishment of professional development centers in Egyptian universities and the USAID Egyptian Pioneers Scholarship Program, aiming to enhance human resource capabilities for the labor market. Jones expressed USAID’s commitment to fostering cooperation in these vital areas.

Egypt Independent

Host of institutes in Pune open up options for students who wish to migrate to US, Europe

Pune residents now have a streamlined path to international education as organizations like Goethe Institut and EducationUSA, alongside independent initiatives like Eklavya Foundation, simplify studying abroad and immigration processes. EducationUSA’s recent university fair brought together more than 30 US universities to provide firsthand insights to Indian students. Meanwhile, Eklavya Foundation supports first-generation learners from rural, tribal backgrounds, with 17 students securing prestigious scholarships for the US, UK, and Europe. Goethe Institut is also extending free guidance to those considering Germany for education, work, or family reunification, enhancing the transition experience for Indian immigrants.

The Indian Express

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With a commitment to accessible university education, Solent aims to empower individuals from diverse backgrounds to become responsible leaders, contributing to the prosperity of their communities. The university’s mission is to graduate professionals who excel in their fields and make a meaningful impact in both workplaces and society.

Solent University

Featured Program - Bachelor’s Business Management

Monroe’s Business Management program, accredited by ACBSP, offers a robust education designed to prepare students for the dynamic world of business. Learners can delve into financial reports and budgets while gaining hands-on experience through internships at prestigious institutions in the heart of New York City. Professors, who are also practicing industry professionals, can ensure that students receive a well-rounded education that blends technology with practical insights.


With flexible schedules and the opportunity to create a custom interdisciplinary plan, Monroe empowers students to tailor their education to their career goals. Forge valuable connections through organizations like Delta Mu Delta and NABA, setting the stage for a fulfilling career as a Marketing Manager, Business Analyst, or Financial Analyst. Monroe College can be a gateway for students’ success in the world of business management.

Monroe College

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