How are Current and Prospective Students Adapting to the Ongoing COVID-19 Crisis?

Discover how both current international students and prospective international students are addressing the challenges of the COVID-19 crisis. 

As many campuses reopen with mixed success, current international students are grappling with an educational environment that is far removed from the norm.  

According to the latest findings from the QS coronavirus student survey, 61% of existing international students are studying in the country their university is based in, 33% are studying remotely from their home country, and 6% chose other. 

Of those respondents who were studying remotely from their home country, 14% expected to be able to travel to the country their university is based in by October 2020, 11% predicted November, 17% predicted December, and 23% chose January 2021. 

Interestingly, a significant minority (9%) believe that they will not be able to travel to their university’s campus until August 2021 or later. 

For those respondents studying in the country their university is based in, 52% have been asked to limit the number of visitors at their place of residence and 51% were asked to begin their studies online until face-to-face classes become available. 

For prospective international students, many now hope to start their studies in 2021, with 74% selecting this when asked what year they would ideally like to start their studies. 

For those who would like to start their studies in 2021, 85% expect to start in 2021, demonstrating a high level of optimism about studying next year. 

If you would like to discover more insights from the latest QS coronavirus report, September 2020 and Beyond: Insights from Current and Prospective International Studentsdownload your free copy now.  

 

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