Alternative countries to study abroad this fall if you’re affected by US travel rules

Alternative countries to study abroad this fall if you're affected by US travel rules
Here are some suggestions to help you continue your studies this fall. Source: Lindsey Parnaby/AFP

COVID-19 travel restrictions and changing immigration policies are making it harder for international students to enrol in US universities this fall or in the coming academic year. 

The American Council on Education predicts that international student enrolment might decline by 25% in the coming academic year, resulting in a revenue loss for institutions of US$23 billion.

This could go even higher. A new legislation will bar the entry of some Chinese graduate students and visiting researchers who have direct ties to universities affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army, reported The New York Times.

For Chinese and international students who would like to explore other English-speaking countries in light of the US travel restrictions, here are some suggestions to help you continue your studies this fall:


Speaking to CGTN, Anne Marie Graham, chief executive, the UK Council for International Student Affairs said many Chinese students and students across the world are currently deciding where to study in the next academic year.

Graham said that Chinese students make up about 30% of UK’s total international student population, adding that the UK higher education has many appeals, including having four universities among the Top 10 in QS World University Rankings.

What is more, UK universities offer world-leading research and teaching in a range of disciplines, which could be appealing to Chinese and international students.


US travel restrictions

Studying in Canada entails benefiting from a world-class education and the potential to gain work experience after you graduate. Source: Daniel Slim/AFP

With its southern neighbour raising more obstacles for foreigners to enter, Canada is turning into a welcome alternative for many.

The Canadian government states: “If you’re an international student who has a valid study permit, or were approved for a study permit on or before March 18, 2020, you’re exempt from the travel restrictions.”

Students will be expected to be quarantined for 14 days upon arrival. There are also speculations that Canada may lift its travel restrictions on July 1, but there is no confirmation yet.

The country is known for its cultural diversity, and is home to an internationally recognised education. Many universities may be operating virtually this fall.

New Zealand

New Zealand has reported zero new cases of COVID-19 for several days in a row, while universities are looking into measures to bring international students back, which “include the possibility of using chartered aircraft to streamline the process”, reported Scoop.

Previously, New Zealand education minister Chris Hipkins was quoted saying by local media that the government is looking to allow international students to return to New Zealand if they can be quarantined safely.

New Zealand is an excellent study abroad alternative as it is more affordable than studying in the US or the UK, while the country is also home to lush natural landscapes for students to explore.


US travel restrictions

Australia has been a popular study abroad destination for many international students, includnig those from China and Malaysia. Source: SAEED KHAN/AFP

The country has been slowly lifting restrictions in the country; international borders still remain closed, but international students may be able to enter the country as early as July this year. 

Australia’s proximity to Asia makes it an ideal choice for those in the region to get a quality education without travelling too far from home.

The country is also home to some of the world’s best universities, offers international students a high standard of living in addition to scholarship opportunities, which further adds to its appeal.

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