The American College Health Association has singled out international students as a US campus population that has been “disproportionately” affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
ACHA published guidelines last month to help higher education institutions support their most vulnerable populations of students who are impacted by the pandemic and the ensuing economic downturn.
“Without support of families within the area, they are at high risk for isolation”
According to the guidelines, international students face a number of challenges during this global pandemic – these include not being able to return to their home countries and facing issues with visa offices travel restrictions.
“They may not be English proficient or adept in advocating for themselves. Without the support of families within the area, they are at high risk for isolation, particularly during the shelter in place phase of the pandemic,” the guidance said.
Students who have to remain enrolled in their home countries “cannot re-create the immersive living and learning experience of the campus”, according to ACHA.
Read more : Will Nott : The PIE News : 08 September : 2020