Many international students enrolled in Australian universities who have been stranded abroad due to border closures and are unable to attend in-person education are now shifting their focus to other study destinations, such as the United States and the United Kingdom.
One of the main reasons international students are changing their minds about their education in Australia is stricter border restrictions as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, compared to entry rules in the US and UK, Erudera.com reports.
Sikhwat Ali, who was a student at Macquarie University in Sydney, told SBS News that in March, he had to travel to his home country of Pakistan for a family emergency, but was unable to re-enter Australia since March 20, 2020, due to entry. Ban.
“For a year after that, I waited for Australia to reopen its borders to international students. I postponed my course twice” Alli said, adding that in 2021 he decided to move to the UK and is now studying at the University of Bradford.
Meanwhile, Divij Gupta from India, a student at the University of Western Australia, started his undergraduate studies in July last year; However, he is still unable to enter Australia or attend in-person lessons. In an interview with SBS News, he said he paid $2,500 for a one-way ticket to Melbourne to arrive on December 3, 2021.
However, due to the new COVID-19 variant, Omicron, Gupta and other international students who were expected to enter Australia from 1 December have had to delay their arrival by two weeks, meaning they will only be able to enter Australia from 15 December . In the announcement, Health Secretary Greg Hunt did not guarantee that exact date.
“It is our intention at the end of that period, in accordance with scientific and medical advice, to return to previous settings. It will be based on international evidence,” Hunt told Sky News.
Many international students enrolled in Australian universities continue to express their frustration over the entry ban, and some have indicated that they only want their remaining holdings back in Australia.
According to the latest research by IDP Connect, which has 3,650 students, the majority of international students want to pursue higher education in Canadian universities. The study revealed that Canada was the first choice for higher education for 39 percent of students, followed by 17 percent who chose both the United States and the United Kingdom, and 16 percent who cited Australia as their first choice.