Student mobility and travel

International students have been recalled and sent home. Study abroad and student exchanges have been suspended. As of January 2020, there were about 5.3 million international students worldwide. But the coronavirus has wiped out any sign of student mobility and travel. How is the current pandemic reframing young people’s conceptions about mobility and immobility in education? What kinds of (return) student migration patterns can be anticipated when mobility is rebooted?


28 Jan 2020, Coronavirus triggers travel restrictions and other countermeasures,

29 Jan 2020, International student flows extend fallout from coronavirus outbreak,

4 Feb 2020, ‘Major disruption’ to student mobility from coronavirus feared
Countries close borders to visitors from China and language testing suspended,

7 Feb 2020, 3 ways the coronavirus outbreak will affect international students and how unis can help,

18 Feb 2020, Chinese students’ fears over New Zealand travel ban, 

19 Feb 2020, Coronavirus update: Educators adjusting deadlines and programmes; agents provide their perspective,

1 Mar 2020, As study abroad numbers rise, Nepali students land in trouble,

4 Mar 2020, COVID-19 triggers cancellations and delays but most students intend to follow through on study plans,

18 Mar 2020, Adjusting to the new normal of international travel,

18 Mar 2020, Returning students add to new spike in coronavirus cases, 

20 Mar 2020, International and Study Abroad Students See Major Disruptions: Questions and stresses remain for international students in the U.S. affected by COVID-19 closures, and many American students studying abroad come home,

25 Mar 2020, Indian students stranded around world try to rush home, 

26 Mar 2020, Student migration during a global health pandemic,

26 Mar 2020, Coronavirus: global student flows to suffer ‘massive hit’ for years: Western universities will have to ‘hunt’ for scarce overseas students, warns leading internationalisation scholar,

26 Mar 2020, Five years to recover global mobility, says IHE expert,

1 Apr 2020, New survey data measures student intent for study abroad,

1 Apr 2020, Coronavirus Pandemic: Is Future of International Study and Academic Careers Under Threat?,

1 Apr 2020, 86% Chinese students want to return home,

3 Apr 2020, Most prospective overseas students ‘not shifting plans’: But data suggest that students’ views on study abroad are changing by the week as a result of pandemic,

3 Apr 2020, ‘Time to go home’, Australian PM tells foreign students: Vice-chancellors stress support for students stranded in crisis,

14 Apr 2020, 40% of students changing study abroad plans, 

14 Apr 2020, Education Abroad in a Post-COVID-19 World,

18 Apr 2020, The future of international HE in a post-mobility world,

26 Apr 2020, Planning overseas college education amid pandemic, 

29 Apr 2020, Tracking student intent to study abroad through April, 

2 May 2020, Can mobility and Erasmus+ be revitalised post crisis,

4 May 2020, New research shows international students keeping study dreams alive, for now,

7 May 2020, UK: Indian gov schedules flights for students,

11 May 2020, Stuck in the middle of a pandemic: are international students migrants? – Parvati Raghuram and Gunjan Sondhi, 

13 May 2020, COVID-19 pandemic to impact study abroad plans of over 48 pc Indian students: QS,

13 May 2020, Government mulls foreign student return under quarantine,

14 May 2020, Amid Covid-19 outbreak, some Singapore school leavers rethink overseas study plans,

15 May 2020, Canada announces major study and work visa change for fall 2020,

23 May 2020, Regional universities push to trial a return of international students to Australia,

27 May 2020, Indian students rethink study abroad plans due to COVID-19,

9 Jun 2020, Students in S’pore defer, cancel plans to study abroad due to fears, uncertainties over Covid-19,

9 Jun 2020, Travel restrictions on international students, cash rewards for visa overstayers questioned,

10 Jun 2020, China warns its students against studying in Australia,

10 Jun 2020, Chinese international students defend Australia as a ‘safe’ educational destination,

12 Jun 2020, Asia ‘may compete with UK’ on international students post-Covid,

15 Jun 2020, COVID-19: Singaporeans enrolled in overseas universities unsure about future studies,

15 Jun 2020, International students from China, Hong Kong, Macau and other places still face issues returning to Taiwan,

15 Jun 2020, Experts call for risk assessment before international students return,

16 Jun 2020, ‘Immunity passports’ to fast-track foreign students in Taiwan urged,

16 Jun 2020, ‘An entirely different universe’: international students anticipate challenges in returning to campus in the Fall,

17 Jun 2020, Taiwan to admit 2,238 graduating foreign students after COVID-19 entry ban,

18 Jun 2020, Taiwan lists 11 low-risk countries college students can return from,

19 Jun 2020, South Asia study abroad interest remains high,

20 Jun 2020, How to secure recovery of international student mobility – Ly Tran,

20 Jun 2020, Malaysia wants international students to return,

23 Jun 2020, Changing international student mobility patterns an advantage.

24 Jun 2020, Pandemic to redistribute international student flows: report,

25 Jun 2020, Rising tension with China adds new study abroad deterrent,

30 Jun 2020, What does Australia look like without international students? – Angela Lehmann,

1 Jul 2020, Updated survey data tracks student intent through June,

2 Jul 2020, Australia to open borders for one group: International students,

3 Jul 2020, Universities commit to advancing mobility post-pandemic,

6 Jul 2020, Students whose overseas studies were disrupted by COVID-19 have options in local universities: MOE Singapore,

6 Jul 2020, Students in China heed their government’s warnings against studying in Australia – less than half plan to come back,

6 Jul 2020, Taiwan: lifts travel ban for 13 countries,

7 Jul 2020, Industry in shock as US restricts fully-online study for internationals,

8 Jul 2020, One million foreign students risk being frozen out of US colleges. Some might never come back,

9 Jul 2020, ‘Maybe I Shouldn’t Have Come’: U.S. Visa Changes Leave Students in Limbo,

10 Jul 2020, New solution for students facing study abroad uncertainty,

12 Jul 2020, Coronavirus: Singaporeans studying in US in a bind after Trump visa curbs,

13 Jul 2020, International students willing to quarantine if they can start face-to-face learning sooner,

14 Jul 2020, US government backtracks on online study international student ban,

14 Jul 2020, International students ‘warm’ to blended learning and quarantine,

17 Jul 2020, Japan unclear on when to allow foreign students back,

22 Jul 2020, Singapore, Malaysia universities see uptick in Chinese student interest amid pandemic,

23 Jul 2020, Foreign students allowed to enter Israel in spite of virus restrictions,

24 Jul 2020, New International Students Will Be Barred From Entering U.S. For Online-Only Learning, ICE Says,

24 Jul 2020, Europe: Will international students be allowed back this autumn?

24 Jul 2020, HE leaders question Japan’s ban on returning foreigners,

31 Jul 2020, UK: one month visa “grace period” announced,

31 Jul 2020, Australian student visa applications drop by a third,

31 Jul 2020, Australia’s graduate work visa scheme attracts international students to our universities. Is it enough?,

2 Aug 2020, ‘We’ll pay and walk to go back to class’,

3 Aug 2020, South Korea: int’l students urged to study online

3 Aug 2020, Hong Kong unis to enrol students unable to travel,

6 Aug 2020, Chinese parents hesitate over sending children to US for education amid fraying ties, Covid-19 pandemic and social unrest, 

7 Aug 2020, Canada “considering” letting int’l students return in September,

7 Aug 2020, In a discriminatory policy reversal, Chinese students prevented from returning to Taiwan,

7 Aug 2020, Student mobility, hardship in COVID – State responses slammed,

11 Aug 2020, Crises an “opportunity” to build an equitable future for study abroad,

14 Aug 2020, Education, Disrupted,

14 Aug 2020, Coronavirus: Foreign students on online courses are denied visas to Germany,

17 Aug 2020, Aus: pilot scheme to see international students return to SA,

17 Aug 2020, More Chinese students accept places at British universities despite pandemic,

19 Aug 2020, Australia to kick off trial in September to allow foreign students to return amid Covid-19 pandemic,

20 Aug 2020, Understanding the full value of international students,

20 Aug 2020, Australia visa data raises questions about student swerve,

22 Aug 2020, Japan to ease entry restrictions for foreign students,

23 Aug 2020, Hopes up for Singaporeans eager to return to Aussie unis,

28 Aug 2020, Coronavirus: Foreign students waiting to enter Malaysia,

29 Aug 2020, Elite US colleges lose favour with lucrative Asian students,

29 Aug 2020, Risks to public diplomacy from reduced student mobility,

31 Aug 2020, 4 out of 5 international students are still in Australia – how we treat them will have consequences,

2 Sep 2020, Trump and COVID force Chinese students to rethink the US,

2 Sep 2020, International Students Feel Left Behind By Pandemic Supports As School Year Looms,

8 Sep 2020, Research at risk from student mobility disruption, warns OECD,

9 Sep 2020, Covid-19 may have “dire consequences” for int’l mobility – OECD,

12 Sep 2020, Students caught between globalisation and nationalism,

13 Sep 2020, U.S. college admissions: Asian students defer and cancel,

15 Sep 2020, The challenges I faced as an international student during the COVID-19 pandemic,

17 Sep 2020, COVID-19: Most foreign students back in Singapore for university, some to continue online classes overseas,

18 Sep 2020, Students still want to study abroad, but for new reasons, India,

18 Sep 2020, Australia’s universities hit by loss of ‘cash cow’ foreign students, as coronavirus vaccine race heats up,

21 Sep 2020, Int’l students sour on Australia due to treatment during Covid-19,

22 Sep 2020, Japan dangles 2-year visas for aspiring student entrepreneurs,

25 Sep 2020, Foreign academics can return but not foreign students,

29 Sep 2020, China: students frustrated by lack of support: International students unable to return to their studies in China are putting pressure on their embassies,

29 Sep 2020, International students to fly to Australia from Singapore under pilot programme,

5 Oct 2020, Overseas students frustrated as China and Japan restrict entry,

12 Oct 2020, Limited numbers of int’l students set to enter NZ,

26 Oct 2020, Would-be international students ‘prefer to study in-person at home’,

26 Oct 2020, As a teacher in Thailand, I know Covid will stop my students going to UK universities,

28 Oct 2020, Asian business students set their sights closer to home,

29 Oct 2020, Data show Chinese students are steering clear of the US,

29 Oct 2020, China’s job market revives, demand for overseas study remains robust: report,

31 Oct 2020, University leaders need to step up geopolitical analysis,

4 Nov 2020, Netherlands: fewer int’l grads likely to stay,

6 Nov 2020, One in six international students in UK start course overseas,

9 Nov 2020, How COVID-19 has — and hasn’t — changed Chinese students’ plans for international education,

11 Nov 2020, Biden Win Renews Hope for Chinese Students’ Study Abroad Plans,

11 Nov 2020, Coronavirus to halve Australia’s international student numbers – and not just universities will feel it,

12 Nov 2020, “Australia needs to know that students won’t wait forever” say international students,

13 Nov 2020, China: no quick return for int’l students,

13 Nov 2020, COVID-19: Australia scraps plans to allow foreign students back,

13 Nov 2020, Singaporean students disappointed after Australia scraps plans to allow foreign students back,

13 Nov 2020, Taiwan: Drive for English-taught degrees to lure foreign students,

14 Nov 2020, International students balance desire to return to US with uncertainties of pandemic,

16 Nov 2020, Pandemic leads tens of thousands of international students to delay plans to enter U.S. colleges, survey shows,

21 Nov 2020, IN FOCUS: Has COVID-19 killed the appeal of studying overseas?,

25 Nov 2020, International Students Want to Return to China,

25 Nov 2020, Students relying more on education agents for assistance with study abroad decisions,

30 Nov 2020, International students land in Australia for first time since coronavirus shuttered borders,

2 Dec 2020, Private universities at risk as foreign students stay away,

7 Dec 2020, Melbourne welcomes first international flight in five months as COVID-19 curbs ease,

10 Dec 2020, Pathway initiative to help international students study in New Zealand ‘when the time is right’,

24 Dec 2020, Singapore confirms first case of new Covid-19 strain from UK, a 17-year-old student who recently returned from Britain,

24 Dec 2020, Malaysia’s international students could be allowed back in January,

25 Dec 2020, International students eager to return to China,

26 Dec 2020, Coronavirus visa uncertainty turns foreign students against China,

27 Dec 2020, Post-coronavirus recovery starts with immigrants and international students,


1 Jan 2021, Taiwan suspends entry to all international students,

4 Jan 2021, Fresh Asian border restrictions frustrate academics and students,

5 Jan 2021, Closing door to Chinese students in US universities achieves little, only creates more tension,

7 Jan 2021, DfE tells international students to delay coming to the UK,

11 Jan 2021, Paused: Pilot plan to return international students to NSW,

11 Jan 2021, The fourth wave of international student mobility,

12 Jan 2021, Canadian universities, colleges urge extra precautions as students prepare to return,

12 Jan 2021, Students snubbed as Australia limits international arrivals,

12 Jan 2021, MCO 2.0: Universities’ back-to-campus dates still March 1 for Malaysian students, those already at campus to remain,

14 Jan 2021, 2021 is the year Australia’s international student crisis really bites,

17 Jan 2021, ‘My future and my life are there’: International students speak of life in limbo,

17 Jan 2021, Universities welcome announcement that 1000 international students will return,

18 Jan 2021, Gen Y Speaks: I felt lost studying overseas. A year of online classes in S’pore due to Covid-19 has changed that,

19 Jan 2021, ‘Don’t come this year or the next,’ Chinese students in Australia say, citing deteriorating environment for Asians amid pandemic,

20 Jan 2021, Indian, international students request Chinese govt to let them return to their institutes,

20 Jan 2021, UAE universities set to welcome students for Spring semester,

21 Jan 2021, International students seek exemption to enter Australia as Victoria rules out return in 2021,