77% of international students OK with quarantine pre-classroom learning

77% of international students OK with quarantine pre-classroom learning

IDP research finds that international students are keen on starting face to face lessons and 77% are prepared to go into quarantine for it.

Research conducted by IDP Connect found that more than three-quarters (77%) of the students surveyed would be up for quarantine programmes so they could restart their classes on campus.

The study stated that despite the travel bans and lockdown restrictions amidst COVID-19, students are still interested in pursuing their educational goals especially those who have current offers from various universities.

These students would take part in quarantine programmes but were more concerned with being provided assistance in regards to travel and logistics.

International students need support before and after quarantine

According to Andrew Barkla, Chief Executive Officer of IDP Education, students need assistance in figuring out accommodation arrangements and logistics for when they arrive.

Also, the parents of students are concerned about the healthcare facilities available if their child falls sick. 

Simon Emmett, Chief Executive Officer of IDP Connect, stated that there is still work that needs to be done to ensure that students will be able to restart school as early as September especially in Canada, the USA and the UK. 

Emmett further said: “The research findings serve as a reminder that we need to put ourselves in our students’ shoes.

“Rather than focus on policy and domestic-focused rhetoric discussions, our sector must provide students and their parents with clear, practical and aligned information and support.”

Improvement in international student confidence since last survey

In April, the first instalment of the International Student Crossroads survey took place in which only 69% were ready to start their higher studies as planned.

74% of students responded that they were ready to start studies as planned in the second instalment of the survey, indicating that students are coming to terms with the reality of the global pandemic and are willing to try various practical methods to find solutions. 

The research also discussed how students were now backing the idea for blended learning. 

Barkla added: “Acceptance to start their studies online and transition to face-to-face teaching at a later stage has increased from 31 to 40 per cent since our first survey in April.

“This highlights that while students are warming to the idea and understand the current situation, many are still holding out for the on-campus – and life – experience.”

Pic: Josue Isai Ramos Figueroa

Zahra Hamdani - Reporter, Global Education Times (GET News)

Zahra Hamdani is an Ireland-based reporter for Global Education Times who focuses on European and South Asian education news. When she is not writing for GET News, Zahra is a school-teacher and educationist with experience in both Primary and Secondary schools in the Republic of Ireland as well as in Pakistan.

You can reach Zahra at zahra@globaleducationtimes.org

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