Indian students accounted for the majority
of a 13% year-on-year increase in new study
permits issued in 2019. Canada announced
international students would be exempt
from the travel ban as long as they had
been approved for a study permit prior to
March 18 - and they self-isolate for 14 days
on arrival. Languages Canada called on
the government to intervene with financial
rescue measures to mitigate the prospect
of language schools failing and the industry
being “decimated”. A number of homestay
hosts in Canada reportedly turned down
placements for international students coming
from countries where there has been a major
Universities reported they would introduce flexible
start dates and accept additional English tests as part
of admissions processes in response to expectations
of big enrolment declines in the next academic year.
A UK-based academic suggested the mobility of
international students could take up to five years
to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic across the
world. Industry professionals warned that unless
language students were forced to accept vouchers
instead of being given refunds for cancellations,
the study travel sector was at risk of imploding.
Three partner schools
launched a Keep Learning
French program aimed at
French language students
who want to continue studies
during the Covid-19 crisis.
All IALC schools in the country
suspended in-classroom teaching
activities and adopted distance
learning classes for their students.
ELT schools are facing a loss
of millions of euros due to the
Covid-19 outbreak, a report
found. But stakeholders in the
country fear losses will increase
as the situation worsens.
The State Department raised its global travel advisory
to level four “Do Not Travel”, and requested that its
citizens return home. NAFSA warned that a 25%
decline in international student enrolment would lead
to a loss of approximately $10 billion and 114,000
jobs to the US economy. President Trump introduced
a temporary ban on immigration to curtail the threat
of Covid-19. The Council on International Educational
Exchange cut more than 600 jobs.
Students in Brazil intending to study
abroad were left out of pocket as agency
Agência Mundi closed its offices in São
Paulo. Its website asked that “no further
payment be sent”.