Will international students be allowed back this autumn?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2020 by steve

“While many universities in the Western world fret about how many international students will turn up on campus for the start of the new academic year, at least one Norwegian university has ‘revoked admission’ to its masters degree programmes taught in English for non-European Union students as a result of COVID-19 …” (more)

[Nic Mitchell, University World News, 24 July]

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No twin room at UL as college confirm free accommodation for international students during self-isolation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A reduction in course fees for the next academic year is not being considered by the University of Limerick. However, in response to the Covid-19 pandemic the university has announced a number of changes in relation to accommodation for the forthcoming semester …” (more)

[Aine Fitzgerald, Limerick Leader, 21 July]

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Landscape of post-pandemic transnational higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 19th, 2020 by steve

International“The COVID-19 pandemic impacts the landscape of transnational higher education (TNHE) in three dimensions: student mobility, economic recession and international political tension. As a health catastrophe, COVID-19 affects cross-border mobility, opening up opportunities for TNHE to absorb the demand for international qualifications …” (more)

[Agustian Sutrisno, University World News, 18 July]

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Language schools warn of Covid-19 job losses and hit to economy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“At least 75,000 fewer foreign students will come to Ireland this year due to coronavirus restrictions, according to an organisation representing English language schools …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 17 July]

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With new student visa rule, Donald Trump is making America small again

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2020 by steve

“International students at US universities are a core arsenal of American soft power. By closing its doors, the Trump administration undermines America’s stature as a responsible stakeholder in global affairs …” (more)

[Tom Plate, South China Morning Post, 14 July]

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What agents say about the plans of Chinese students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 13th, 2020 by steve

“Universities that host international students face grim COVID-related challenges. There is a lot of uncertainty among international students regarding their plans to study abroad. For a large number of universities around the world there is an urgent need to understand what these students will do …” (more)

[Ying Yang, Jenna Mittelmeier, Miguel Antonio Lim and Sylvie Lomer, University World News, 11 July]

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EU students to be charged tuition fees at Scottish universities after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2020 by steve

“Free university education for EU students studying in Scotland will be scrapped after Brexit. Holyrood’s higher education minister Richard Lochhead said the Government will end free education for EU citizens starting their studies next year, with the money saved going towards encouraging more Scottish students into university …” (more)

[Tom Eden, Belfast Telegraph, 9 July]

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British Universities Explore Charter Flights for International Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 9th, 2020 by steve

“More British universities could charter flights to bring in overseas students as competition heats up among higher education sectors keen to show that they will pull out all the stops to help international students amid the COVID-19 crisis …” (more)

[Simon Baker, Inside Higher Ed, 9 July]

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Queen’s University charters jet to bring Chinese students direct to Belfast

Posted in Governance and administration on July 8th, 2020 by steve

“Queen’s University has chartered a jumbo jet at a cost of around £600,000 to bring hundreds of students directly from China to Belfast in September, the Irish News can reveal. It comes amid fears that a drastic loss of income from its international student intake would leave a hole in its budget running into millions of pounds …” (more)

[Gary McDonald, Irish News, 8 July]

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Most EU students ‘will not study in UK’ after fees decision

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“United Kingdom universities could suffer a 25% drop in international students as a result of the government decision to end home student status for them in England, according to a new survey …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 1 July]

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Making EU students pay higher fees is a blow for social mobility

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 5th, 2020 by steve

“On 24 June, universities minister Michelle Donelan announced that, as a consequence of Brexit, EU and EEA students would be classified as overseas students starting from the 2021/22 academic year. They will be charged full tuition (up to £20,000 in some cases), lose access to the tuition fee loan, and no longer be eligible for many needs-based funds …” (more)

[Gábor Csontos, Guardian, 4 July]

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Scholars Asked to Make Room for Non-EU Students in Campus Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Scholars have been told that giving up their campus accommodation next year will instead allow Trinity to rent out the rooms to non-EU students, boosting the College’s finances ‘at a time when international demand is at risk’ …” (more)

[Cormac Watson, University Times, 2 July]

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As Autumn Exchanges Remain Cancelled, UCD Prepares for Incoming Internationals

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International students will be welcomed to University College Dublin (UCD) for the autumn trimester, while all autumn exchange programmes for UCD students remain cancelled. There will also be no charge for incoming international students on-campus for the first 21 days …” (more)

[Brigid Molloy, College Tribune, 30 June]

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International students told to bring sufficient toiletries and clean clothes for 14 day isolation

Posted in Governance and administration on July 1st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“College has asked overseas students that are required to self-isolate to arrive in September with sufficient ‘personal toiletries and medicines’ for the two week isolation period, as well having ‘sufficient clean clothes’, as they will not be provided with individual laundry services during the isolation period …” (more)

[Shannon Connolly, Trinity News, 30 June]

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EU students to pay higher fees, same as non-EU students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 27th, 2020 by steve

“The United Kingdom government has confirmed that European Union (EU), other European Economic Area (EEA) and Swiss nationals commencing academic courses in England from August 2021 will no longer be charged the same tuition rates as domestic students …” (more)

[Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 26 June]

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Universities face huge losses as thousands of international students delay accepting course offers

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Thousands of international students arrive on Irish shores every September to begin undergraduate and postgraduate studies at colleges and universities across the country …” (more)

[Conor McCrave, TheJournal.ie, 21 June]

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English Language Students in Ireland Still Deep In Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The English language teaching industry in Ireland is facing an unprecedented catharsis, as a result of the impact of Covid-19. Schools, teachers and students have all been very badly hit. So what does the future hold for the different stakeholders? And can Ireland ever get back to a situation where this driver of multi-culturalism can thrive again? …” (more)

[Shamim Malekmian, Hot Press, 10 June]

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Amid Cashflow Fears, Trinity to Drop Entry Criteria for Non-EU Students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 7th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Trinity will significantly drop the academic requirements for non-EU students next year in a bid to cushion the financial blow from the coronavirus, accepting some students whose predicted grades equate to just 80% of the CAO points required for their course, The University Times has learned …” (more)

[Aoife Kearins, University Times, 6 June]

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International enrolment drop to cost universities US$4.5bn

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 31st, 2020 by steve

“United States colleges and universities are bracing for declines in international student enrolments in the coming autumn (fall) semester, a prospect that could lead to a loss of revenues as high as US$4.5 billion and further slow the momentum of overseas recruitment, a pair of reports examining the impact of COVID-19 on US higher education suggest …” (more)

[Mary Beth Marklein, University World News, 30 May]

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Third Level Admissions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 30th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the consultation which has taken place to date on the provision of additional spaces at third-level institutions for the coming term; if agreement has been reached that these places will be made available to current leaving certificate students; if additional supports will be provided to third-level institutions; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 27 May]

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