As difficult as the current situation is, there is some cause for optimism. As Australia’s vaccination rates ramp up after a sluggish start, governments are starting to talk seriously about re-opening our international borders in early 2022.
It’s likely that international students will be among the first to arrive, given that quarantine arrangements can more easily be built into the arrival of long-staying visitors, and this should start to occur early next year.
Australia is well-placed to position itself as a COVID-safe destination to study for international students, according to some experts, but we need to develop a clear post-pandemic strategy for attracting international students, or we risk being left behind by competitor countries as the world opens up.
This story was a part of the IEU’s September 2021 newsletter for ELICOS members.
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