RTO’s want international students to pay fees upfront while still offshore

RTO's want international students to pay fees upfront while still offshore

Some of Australia’s vocational training institutions, especially private colleges and Registered Training Organisations (RTOs) have emailed their students currently stranded overseas to deposit their fees or else their Certificate of Enrollment (CoE) may be cancelled

Update on international student visa arrangements for Australia

Update on international student visa arrangements for Australia

The Morrison Government is making a number of changes to student visa arrangements to ensure Australia remains a priority destination for international students as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.   The Government will recommence granting student visas in all locations lodged outside Australia. This means when borders re-open, students will already have visas and be able to make arrangements to travel.  

International students to return to Australia under pilot program

International students to return to Australia under pilot program
Prime Minister, Scott Morrison has said he wanted to see students returning under “very controlled” processes agreed between states and providers but made it clear states with border restrictions still in place would not be allowed to take part in the pilot programs commencing July.

Travel ban exemption for international students from July proposed

Travel ban exemption for international students from July proposed

International students bring about A$39 billion (S$36.7 billion) a year into Australia and account for about 26 per cent of total university revenue. The sudden loss of many students from abroad amid the ban on arrivals of foreign nationals due to the pandemic has already led to staff cuts at universities and could leave some facing financial collapse if it continues into next year.
Read more here:  https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/australianz/coronavirus-australian-universities-propose-safe-corridors-to-allow-foreign

COVID-19 wrecking havoc on international education in Australia

COVID-19 wrecking havoc on international education in Australia
The international education sector in Australia is concerned that our education export market has been harmed by the government during this crisis due to the Prime Minister’s comments telling international students to just “go home” inflicting enormous gratuitous damage on Australia’s reputation.  

International students in Victoria given relief funds to help with the pandemic crisis

International students in Victoria given relief funds to help with the pandemic crisis
The Victorian state government has set up a $45 million International Student Emergency Relief Fund which includes a once-off relief payment of up to $1,100  that will ensure international students could “buy the basics and get through to the other side of the crisis.”

Austrade and FutureLearn.com partner to promote “Study with Australia” campaign

Austrade and FutureLearn.com partner to promote "Study with Australia" campaign
Austrade and FutureLearn.com partner to promote “Study with Australia” campaign
The initiative hopes to support international students who have been impacted by the global travel bans in providing access to high-quality online learning resources from leading Australian education providers to support their education and learning goals during the pandemic. The ‘Study with Australia’ campaign will be available until the end of June, allowing Australian higher education institutions and English language training providers to showcase their online offering across business, digital technologies, STEM, healthcare and teaching courses, to name a few.

Call for more support for foreign students in Australia

Queensland’s International Education and Training Advisory Group is arguing for a national hardship fund to help keep colleges afloat during the crisis. The group argues that the plight of foreign students could trigger a health and humanitarian crisis, with many of them at risk of eviction and being further cast adrift by the collapse of providers.

Read more here: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/step-foreign-students-australian-government-urged#survey-answer