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How COVID is displacing international student enrolment

Despite the ongoing global pandemic, interest for overseas study remains high.

The international student market share is set to shift. According to NAFSA, the current breakdown is:

  • 22% USA
  • 10% UK
  • 10% Germany
  • 10% China
  • 7% Australia
  • 7% Canada
  • 7% France
Source: NAFSA

According to a 2020 survey of students by QS shows some surprising insights about how students are thinking about international study.

55%

want to defer their placement

7%

no longer wish to purse overseas study

New Zealand

is perceived to be handling the pandemic the best

54%

said how a country’s government handled the pandemic impacted their destination choice

9%

now want to go study in a different country than originally intended

According to a 2020 Ernst & Young report, enrolments are estimated to reach record highs due to deferrals, with strong and steady demand for the next 3 years.

Pent-up demand due to COVID will make 2021 a record year for international student mobility. Spiking at an expected inflow of 1,800,000 new students in 2021. Up from 1,090,000 in 2019. Leveling off at 1,100,000 from 2022 onwards.

Canada, Australia and New Zealand are poised for the highest growth in student flow.

Source: Ernst & Young 2020, Pandemic to redistribute international student flows

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