Study Abroad Remains Popular Despite Safer Online Learning Option

KUALA LUMPUR, 1.11.2021 – The implementation of online learning due to Covid-19 did little to no effect on students’ interest in studying abroad and having on-campus experience in a foreign country, based on a New Horizons global survey.

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Out of 3,650 students from 55 countries, 79% of them considered studying abroad, despite being safer from the Covid-19 virus if their studies were conducted online.

18% of students chose to begin their studies online in their home country before continuing their in-class learning in the overseas campus.

On the other hand, 10% preferred a full online learning program with an international university, while the remaining students chose to have in-person classes at a local university that was partnering with an overseas institution.

An overseas degree is still considered one of the best means to ease graduates’ migration to their host country, with 63% of respondents planning to use their qualification for said reason.

Moreover, 65% of students expressed interest in gaining working rights in the country of their university.

To encourage more international student placements, popular study abroad countries such as the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada could come up with a plan that fulfills students’ long-term desires which also covers immigration policies, residency, post-study work rights, and more.

As students’ main motivation to study abroad is to expand their future career prospects, countries looking to maintain or expand their overseas student markets should devise a new plan that could fulfill these desires.

Jocelyn Cheng

Jocelyn Cheng

Jocelyn Cheng (JC) is an INFP writer seeking to spread inspiration and spark connections through her words. Her dedication to writing has gifted her with an ability to write for multiple platforms (e.g., website, social media, newspaper, magazine, etc) in different fields, namely Education, Travel, and Lifestyle. JC personalizes her works by adding a touch of her own experience into the mix whenever she can to relate to her readers. A self-proclaimed poet and currently a freelance writer, she's working on an untitled poetry book at home while juggling between writing for Eduloco, dancing, and keeping her only plant alive.

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