How are Students Interested in Studying in the EU Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis?

Wondering how your EU institution can best communicate with prospective international students who are interested in studying in the EU? Discover our latest survey findings below.   

According to latest analysis, 63% of prospective international students interested in studying in the EU have stated that the coronavirus crisis has affected their plans to study abroad.  

In the latest QS white paper, our analysts examined the responses from more than 26,500 prospective international students who were interested in studying in the EU. 

These respondents were considering studying in Germany (49%), France (29%), the Netherlands (28%), Italy (21%), Switzerland (20%), Spain (19%), Sweden (19%), Denmark (14%), and a range of other locations. 

Of those respondents who said their plans had been affected, 56% now intend to defer or delay their entry until next year.  

Additionally, two thirds of all respondents interested in studying in the EU expressed some interest in studying their degree online due to the coronavirus.  

With many institutions adopting a blended learning approach to educational delivery, utilizing online learning platforms and smaller, in-person teaching opportunities, understanding how prospective students view online learning is vital.  

While attitudes towards online learning seem to be improving, 79% of respondents state that tuition fees should be discounted if they have to start their studies online. 

Additionally, 54% of respondents believe that universities should move more of their lectures online. 

To discover more insights from our latest white paperdownload your free copy now: How Prospective International Students Interested in the EU are Responding to COVID-19

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