Fee-waivers, IELTS relaxation: What are foreign universities offering to enroll international students 

25 May 2020  | The Indian Express

Action: Foreign universities attempt to draw Indian students—who make the second-highest influx of international exchange—with fee-waivers, online courses, virtual tours, provisional admissions, and flexibility in on-camous joining date 

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted the decision of nearly 48% of Indian students who wanted to study abroad, according to a recent report by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). To increase enrolments for the batch of 2020, universities are offering several concessions in terms of fee-waivers, admissions based on a provisional degree and accepting English proficiency certificates beyond IELTS and TOEFL. Apart from online degrees, most universities in Australia are offering heavy fee-waivers and monetary support.

Indian students of US universities experience a Virtual Graduation ceremony

24 May 2020 | The Indian Wire

Action: Embassy of India Student Hub arranged the Virtual Graduation to cheer the minds of the students.

Many Indian students studying abroad are set to graduate this year. Due to the novel Coronavirus pandemic, universities couldn’t conduct a graduation ceremony. To cheer graduates’ spirits, the student association planned a virtual ceremony inviting all the near and dear ones. Many students agonised that their dream of standing on the dais and receiving the graduation certificate in their dream university has been vanquished. However, they were quite happy as they were at least able to attend a virtual graduation ceremony with their loved ones despite the pandemic.

International students put their plans on hold during the lockdown

24 May 2020 | The Deccan Herald

Action: In communication with students, most universities have indicated that courses would be moved online for the first semester of the new academic year. Many of them, however, have remained silent about a possible revision of tuition fees.

A survey conducted by the British council among 800-odd Indian students found that 43% were likely to continue with their studies, 38% were unsure or thinking of deferment, while 5% had already canceled their plans. India ranks second in the list of countries with the highest number of international students, after China. In 2019, 588,728 students left India to study abroad, with the US, Canada, Australia, and China emerging as popular destinations. With the disruption caused by COVID-19 this year, there have been no concrete announcements about their welfare from the Indian or foreign governments. One expected outcome from this crisis might be an increase in enrolment in Indian universities, especially with a ‘study abroad’ or ‘credit transfer’ programme.

Want Indian students to come to country for study: US diplomat

21 May 2020 | NDTV India

Action: Due to the coronavirus pandemic, almost all educational institutions are shut during the spring break, which has now been extended for the rest of the academic year until August.

y, a senior American diplomat told a Washington DC-based think tank. Over 200,000 Indian students study in various American universities and they constitute the second-largest group of foreign students in the US after China. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, almost all educational institutions are shut during the spring break, which has now been extended for the rest of the academic year till August.

Indian students seek exemption from travel ban by the Australian government

19 May 2020 | Tribune India

Action: The Australian government had announced that it would consider allowing international students back into the country as early as July, but stopped short of providing a specific timeline.

The Indian Australian Business Alliance (IABA) has appealed to India’s Ministry of External Affairs and the Australian High Commission to take up the matter of Indian students studying in Australian universities but stuck here running out of visas to seek exemption from Australia’s travel ban. Students who have been stuck in India for the past two months due to the COVID-19 travel restrictions, July may be too far. Nearly 17% of Australia’s seven lakh students are stranded in India.

France to help Indian students begin classes for the 2020 academic year through virtual classrooms

18 May 2020 | Hindustan Times

Action: France also intends to turn the COVID-19 crisis into opportunities to boost partnerships in education, research, and culture.

France is exploring novel ways to maintain cooperation with India amid the Covid-19 crisis, especially in education, and has augmented the proportion of scholarships for this academic year by 50% or USD 1.3 million. The efforts are focused on maintaining people-to-people exchanges despite lockdowns and suspension of events. France is fully geared to enable the start of the academic year for new students through virtual classrooms, if necessary. Authorities are hoping students will be able to join their classes in France in autumn, if not in September.


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