The latest findings from IDP Connect’s Crossroads research show high numbers of fully vaccinated students and a willingness to quarantine. There is also a continued desire to commence their studies on campus and increasingly positive perceptions of countries that are open to receiving international students, including continually improving perceptions of the United States.
New research by IDP Connect shows students are motivated to do all they can to study on-campus in the destination of their choice, and the COVID-19 vaccine is playing a significant role in student flows. The findings also showed improving perceptions of the United States regarding the welfare of international students.
The results come just days after the US government announced cross-departmental support for the country’s international education ambitions, with the departments of State and Education promising a “shared commitment” to promoting the country as a study destination for international students.
The key findings from our International Student Crossroads V research are available to download as an infographic report here:VIEW INFOGRAPHIC REPORT
More than half (53 percent) of students surveyed were already fully vaccinated, and a further 36 percent report they intend to get their vaccines as soon as they can. Three-quarters (77 percent) of students stated the availability of vaccines to international students on arrival made travelling to their destination more attractive. Vaccine hesitancy amongst students has declined markedly since the previous survey in April 2021, with fewer than one in 10 respondents (9 percent) stating that they need more information before getting the jab.
In further indications that students are willing to do all they can to arrive safely on campus, 88 percent are willing to quarantine on arrival, with almost one third (31 percent) willing to pay the full cost of quarantine and a further 43 percent a portion of the cost. In terms of where and how students quarantine on arrival, 29 percent preferred a government hotel and 40 percent preferred university-run accommodation, while the balance of respondents had no preference.
These are clear signs that demand for international higher education remains strong and that those countries with open borders can expect students to enroll in high numbers, but perceptions amongst students regarding the welfare of international students in key destination countries have shifted since the last survey. Perceptions of the US, UK, and Canada have improved, while New Zealand and Australia have seen declines as their borders remain closed.
Simon Emmett, CEO at IDP Connect, said the countries that are demonstrating welcoming policies are being rewarded with high student demand and interest.
“These results are very positive for destination countries that have been able to communicate to students that they’re open and welcoming to international arrivals,” Emmett said.
“The next steps are for institutions and governments to continue to communicate clearly and effectively with regards to how students can arrive and how they will be taught upon arrival. We can see from the research that students are flexible and willing to have a mixture of face-to-face and online learning, as long as they’re on campus at their desired destination.”