Story at a glance:

  • It appears that students are more eager to study abroad as there is a correlation between the 2020 shutdown and students wanting to go out of the country.
  • Respondents say that the pandemic has slightly changed their views on traveling abroad.
  • The top priority for returning students is the choice of which country they want to study abroad in; safety is second.

As the summer season draws closer to its end, the back-to-school season during a recovering or “post-pandemic” world brings a vital question — where will college students go? 

For some students, traveling abroad is an option, with 76 percent of them desiring study abroad programs. These programs enable students to interact with diverse cultures and people, and 67 percent of students want to explore new places, according to College Finance, which surveyed 317 interested students.


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The study also finds that the top priority for returning students is the choice of which country they want to study abroad, which is 60 percent based on cost.

And in the event they cannot afford it, 94 percent say they want an alternative, whether it is a virtual exchange, domestic study away or international internship. 

The consideration of their own safety in a recovering or “post-pandemic” world is second priority, followed by finances, then available programs, and last is language, according to College Finance.


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When asked if they did COVID-19-related research, 56 percent say they looked into their desired country’s number of cases, 48 considered mortality rates, 46 were concerned about border and entry restrictions, 44 percent looked into vaccination status, 29 percent were concerned about social gatherings capacity and 23 considered mask policies, College Finance reported.

It appears that students are more eager to study abroad, as there is a correlation between the 2020 shutdown that halted 32 percent of existing study abroad plans and postponed 44 percent of them and students wanting to go out of the country.

About 64 percent of schools either have partially or fully resumed study abroad programs, College Finance reports.

The top locations where students want to study abroad are the U.K., Japan, Spain, Germany and Canada.

In most cases, 60 percent of students say they want to study abroad in a European country. 

Twenty-two percent say in 2021-22 they want to study abroad in an Asian country.


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Published on Aug 04, 2021