The government’s tinkering with red tape is welcome but it won’t be enough to overcome Covid-19 uncertainty

Across the world, international students are making last minute decisions about whether to enrol in university courses this September or defer until 2021.

But study destination countries are responding differently to this challenge. Australian universities have indicated that they will allow international students to enter the country before all internal state borders have opened. 
Meanwhile, the US government has only just reversed its initial decision to deny international students the right to remain in the country if their classes went entirely online. This U-turn only came after international education bodies such as NAFSA, the Association of International Educators, spoke out against policies harmful to the interests of international students, and institutions such as Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology launched legal action.

Across the Atlantic, the Indian Students and Alumni Association reports that 95 percent of Indian students considering the UK do not wish to defer, although other source countries remain unconvinced.

Read more : James Pitman : Times Higher Education : 19 July 2020