The Impact Of COVID-19 on International Students Perceptions
[REPORT] Since Friday 20 March Studyportals has been running an online survey among international students to find out what their perceptions are on COVID-19 and how it may impact their study abroad plans.
Coronavirus stormed through the global economy grinding activities almost to a halt. This applies to the normal operations of universities: classes are empty, and research retreated to single researchers.
But some departments have picked up the challenge and quickly started coping with the emergency:
- What are students saying about the Coronavirus outbreak?
- What are students planning to do?
- What can universities do to reassure students?
International offices, marketing, and planning departments all need one input to start planning for the future and quantify risk: industry insights. Since Friday 20 March Studyportals has been running an online survey among international students to find out what their perceptions are on COVID-19 and how it may impact their study abroad plans.
The first survey collected data until March 26 and was completed by 401 students and explored topics such as:
- when are student plan to enrol?
- how are they coping with the crisis?
- what are they worried about?
- what can universities do to respond to the crisis?
The key insights from this survey:
- students planning to start their studies in the short-term are more concerned about COVID-19 disruptions to their study plans
- the main worries of prospective students are related to travel restrictions and financial issues (e.g. decrease of their study budget or the increasing cost of studying abroad)
- students expect universities to improve hygiene measures on campus, as well as offer a 24/7 helpline, online counselling and support and extend their application periods.
The second survey collected data until 2 April and was completed by an additional 200 students. This installment focused primarily in exploring differences between students currently in their home country and those already abroad in terms of:
- likelihood of impact on their studies
- students’ change of plans
- expectations of university responses
The key insights from this analysis include:
- students currently in their home countries are more concerned about travel restrictions, study budgets, and challenges to completing their current studies.
- students already studying abroad are more pessimistic in their expectations of how COVID-19 will impact their future study plans and more likely to consider online learning, or postpone their studies
The third update compiles the results of 853 prospective students around the world and focuses on the perception change over time.
This issue covers the following findings:
- a rising share of students says that they changed their plans due to Covid-19
- the measures taken by prospective students changing their plans
- the effect of the country of destination on study plans
In specific, some countries appear to edge the effects of Covid-19 on student plans. Prospective students who mentioned Germany among the countries they are considering are less likely to change their plans.
The next update will follow in May and monitor the main changes in student perceptions one month after the first survey.For more updates, follow us!