IIDP survey results on international students

IDP survey of students

Students from all over the world are giving some very interesting indications and responses with regard to their overseas study plans. A study conducted by international education specialists at IDP Connect revealed what international students thought of their study abroad.

Many students from all over the world seek quality education and international exposure at major destinations for study migration. The COVID-19 outbreak affected the plans of these aspiring learners who are now waiting for the air to clear to resume studies.

It’s interesting to note that the survey done by IDP reveals that the majority of students prefer face to face learning over online digital learning. A major reason for this is the absence of international exposure, which is what they seek when it comes to studying overseas.

A major part of the participants in the survey was from China, India, Bangladesh, and other Asian countries. Their study destinations included Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, and the USA.

The students involved in the survey were doing their post-secondary education abroad. The survey had a lot of remarkable revelations and observations like the following:

  • 69% of the 6,900 students who applied for a course to study abroad want to go on with their studies as planned
  • The majority of students were ready to postpone their studies until face-to-face learning is made possible
  • 54% of the students are ready to postpone their studies abroad for up to a year before they go after other options
  • 31% were ready to start their course online and gradually move to face-to-face learning
  • Australia and Canada were the top countries chosen by students to do their studies in
  • Canada received a high preference by virtue of its welfare plans for international students and its economic stability

How Canada’s universities are planning to resume study programs

McGill University

The university will bring the stage 1 of its phase-in to action on May 11, 2020. This will allow a few researchers on-campus to resume their work. They will have to follow university directives and safety protocols strictly.

Université du Québec à Montréal

This university is also welcoming its researchers back. These are researchers whose physical presence on campus is necessary.

University of Prince Edward Island

This university is all set to allow faculty, researchers, and graduate students to conduct research on the campus effectively from May 25, 2020. Some key staff members will also be allowed to meet on the campus as will be allowed for the management team. Social distancing and work from home will be encouraged. If this first phase is successful, the second phase will be started on June 15, 2020. This will be after the evaluation of the first phase. In the second phase, more people will also be allowed on campus.

The third phase is scheduled to begin on August 1, 2020. The fall academic semester will be prepared for then.

The return to normalcy and its effect on student migration shows that like everybody else, they also value and put trust in the human factor over prolonged alternatives.

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