The survey shows most international students are determined to study abroad despite travel restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic, though the face-to-face study is preferable to online courses.
Most international students aspiring to a recent survey said coronavirus pandemic does not stop them from pursuing post-secondary education they are abroad.
That being said, many still prefer face-to-face study online learning experience, according to a survey conducted by an international education expert in IDP Connect, B2B division of IDP Education.
Some 69 percent of 6,900 applicants international students surveyed intend to begin their studies as planned. Only five percent said they would no longer go to college. Most of the participants are from India, China, and Bangladesh, among other Asian countries, who are interested in pursuing studies in Australia, Canada, United Kingdom, United States, and New Zealand.
Most people say they would prefer to postpone their studies to-face classes are available, especially for the online option does not have the international exposure that most expect to get.
Connect IDP’s CEO, Simon Emmett, noting that more than half of the participants, 54 percent, would be willing to postpone their studies for up to 12 months or less before pursuing other options.
“Thirty-one percent of respondents said they would be willing to start their online courses and moved to face-to-face learning in later life, but by far the greatest preference is to defer to January 2021 if this means learning face-to-face will be possible,” said Emmett in a media release.
Based on the results, IDP recommends that post-secondary institutions provide clarity on how and when face-to-face teaching will continue, and to prepare for a large cohort of students began studies to-face from January to May 2021.
Survey participants should be the destination country ratings on a scale of 1-10 based on pre-conceived perceptions.
Although Australia and Canada is the preferred destination majority of participants, Canada is highly respected for the welfare of international students, and the economic stability of the nation. Canada is also seen as having the most expensive travel ban.
Activity University as a province ease restrictions coronavirus
As the Canadian provinces began to pull back steps coronavirus, some universities also opened their facilities.
McGill University in Montreal, Quebec, will begin the first phase of the phase-in for surgery on May 11, which allows some researchers on campus to return to work. The researchers will be required to follow the direction of the university, which includes following security protocols, being prepared to shut down if there is a change in institutions or governments, among others.
Université du Québec à Montréal also welcomes researchers returned.
University of Prince Edward Island will also allow researchers, professors, and graduate students to conduct research on campus as 25. They also allowed some key staff and management team to meet on campus in May, while encouraging social distance and work from home when possible. The second phase will begin on June 15th in the evaluation of the first phase, in which they can expand the number of people allowed on campus. The third phase, another expansion, scheduled to begin August 1st where they will prepare for the fall academic semester.
How is Canada helping international students
Canada is helping international students in a variety of ways such as increasing the number of working hours allowed 20-40 for a particular job and opened the Canadian Emergency Benefits to those who provide the recipient $ 2,000 per month. Quebec would automatically extend the Acceptance Certificate of international students if they are set to expire before December 31, 2020.
For international students who still fall through the cracks, advocates are pressing the federal government to do more. David Dingwall, president of the Cape Breton University in Sydney, Nova Scotia, recently asking the federal government to open the Canada Student Emergency Benefit (CESB) to international students and Canadian students. Introduced in late April, CESB will provide up to $ 1,750 in monthly income support to eligible students, but international students are excluded from this program.
“Requirements for Canadian Emergency Benefit Students parallel to the Canada Student Loans Program that was intended for Canadian citizens and permanent residents,” a spokesman for the Labor and Social Development Canada wrote CIC News in an email.
Although media release Dingwall said the benefits of the students “recognize the contribution that [Canada] post-secondary students make to our country,” he also said, “failed to recognize the contribution that international students make to Canada.”
Nova Scotia is home to 11 817 international students in October 2019, according to the Association of Atlantic Universities.
“The impact on our small province is enormous,” said Dingwall in the release. “I believe that the University of Canada and its members will continue to advocate for our international students.”
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