Three quarters of international students keen to start in September, but want help from institutions and Governments before arriving on campus

New research by international education specialists shows three quarters of international students expect to start at their chosen University in September as planned, with 72% of respondents accepting of a blended course delivery for 2020/21. For students coming to the UK, three quarters said they would be willing to quarantine upon arrival, with similar numbers seeking support with free healthcare if they became unwell and organising quarantine accommodation as top priorities. More than half said having flights organised from their home country to the UK was also important. 

New research by international education specialists, IDP Connect, has revealed that three quarters of international students are expecting to start at their chosen University as planned this September. The figure has risen by five per cent following a similar survey of international students in April 2020. 

The study of 4,312 international students with existing offers, conducted by IDP Connect – a division of international education specialists IDP Education – found that while the majority of students (74 per cent) still aspire to commence face-to-face teaching in their study destination, increasingly more were accepting of blended teaching models. Thirty-nine percent said they would happily commence studies online in September and transition to face-to-face teaching at UK universities at a later stage, highlighting that students are coming to terms with the current environment. 

China is the only country where intention to study as planned has dropped from 58 per cent in April, to 52 per cent for all start dates. Factors such as mode of delivery and issues around COVID-19 in destination countries mean Chinese students will likely be harder for Universities to convert. 

The full global research can be found here: https://www.idp-connect.com/newspage/international-higher-education/international-students-willing-to-quarantine-if-they-can-start-f2f-learning-sooner/ 

When asked about their willingness to quarantine upon arriving in the UK, three quarters said they would be happy to do so if required to, while the remaining 27 per cent said they would rather defer their place. Students from China are the most hesitant around COVID-19, with almost half choosing to defer rather than quarantine. 

Government and institution support with free healthcare if they became unwell and organising quarantine accommodation were cited as top priorities for students choosing to start their studies. More than half said having flights organised from their home country to the UK was also important to them. 

IDP Connect is a division of IDP Education, global leaders in student marketing and recruitment. Working with institutions as true partners, IDP Connect understands institution needs and enhances their capabilities with the transformative power of data, insights and engaged student communities. IDP Connect is truly embedded in the markets its educational partners operate in and gives them access to over 30 countries’ worth of in-market knowledge. It also has a trusted student audience of 100 million visits from prospective students across its sites each year. IDP Connect’s exclusive real-time data provides institutions with actionable insights to drive and inform their marketing and recruitment strategies.

Simon Emmett, Chief Executive Officer at IDP Connect, said:

“Student optimism remains high, especially for those intending to study at institutions in the UK. These results show that the majority of students are keen to commence in September, with 39 per cent willing to commence their studies online before transitioning to face-to-face teaching.

“However, students are looking to governments and their chosen institutions for practical support and guidance concerning healthcare, quarantine measures, accommodation and travel, which highlights there is more work to be done to ensure students who wish to commence their studies in September can do so safely.

“Despite the global lockdowns and travel restrictions put in place due to COVID-19, students remain determined to study abroad.

“Although the implications of the pandemic are far-reaching, it is positive to see that the attraction of an international education at some of the best universities in the world has not changed.”

Author: Editorial Team

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