As Covid-19 spread in the UK and lockdown was introduced, we ran a survey among international students currently studying with a UK HEI who had started their course in the 2018/19 or 2019/20 academic year
Key themes covered by the survey included the:
- International student experience of lockdown
- Perceptions of how individual HEIs responded to the situation
- Perceptions of how the UK responded to the situation
- Impact on students’ perceptions of the UK and its HE offer internationally
This new report uses the original research as a springboard to explore the consequences for the UK sector of the Covid-19 pandemic.
With the Covid-19 pandemic spreading around the globe in the first half of 2020, approximately 2.5m students enrolled in UK Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) found themselves in a situation which neither they nor their host institution had ever faced before.
Half a million of these were international students; overwhelmingly young people in their 20s experiencing this unprecedented situation in a country that is not their own and often far from family, friends and support networks.
Understandably, many UK HEIs have a short-term concern about whether a new generation of international students will be willing/able to enrol in 2020/2021 if the pandemic continues.Read More»