A survey reveals that New Zealand is the most desirable study abroad destination for international students in COVID-19 times, followed by Australia and Canada. The way the governments have handled the coronavirus has made them a more attractive study destination, particularly New Zealand.
New Zealand government’s handling of the pandemic has made it the most attractive study destination in the world today, ahead of Australia, Canada, Singapore, the UK and the US.
Canada is “only slightly behind in third place.” Over the past two months, the reputation of United Kingdom as safe and welcoming for international students has improved.
New Zealand borders remain mostly shut to all travellers, including those coming to study.
The country is working towards allowing students to enter the country safely as soon as possible. It has offered support to students who have been facing financial and work difficulties, especially for those who are not returning home over the summer break over uncertainties that they will not be able to return if New Zealand’s borders remain closed.
Schools in the country are also reportedly developing programmes and planning pastoral care services for international students who decide to stay in the country.
Some are considering summer school discounts for international students, such as paying the equivalent of domestic student fees for summer school papers.