Returning To School in Post-Pandemic Canada

Returning to School in Post-Pandemic Canada

 

With an increase in the number of vaccinations and a drop in the number of COVID-19 infections, many universities and colleges are opening back up for students. While some of them are following a hybrid model, many have resumed the traditional way of holding classes, and others offer students an option for choosing whether to attend physical or online classes. Each college/university has different requirements from its students. 

Canada has decided to let international students return for the 2021/2022 school year. The loss of tuition and fees incurred by institutions have been one of the reasons, along with the compassionate stance that the government has taken. While the number of cases of COVID-19 has been going up steadily and much of the teaching is online, allowing international students to return has been a big relief to the institutions. 

This summer, Canadian institutions showed a drop of 22% in government issued study permits for international students. This had risen more than 50% from 2016 to 2019 and the drop has been a cause of concern for schools. They have been pushing the government to bolster their institutional budgets which have been impacted due to the loss of international tuition fees. Tuition fees makes up the second largest income stream for Canadian institutions closely following taxpayer funding. 15% of the total enrolment at these schools are international students, or around approximately roughly 600,000 students.


Institutions are now allowed to have overseas students back following a 14 day quarantine plan. With around 2000 new coronavirus infections being added daily, it was not an easy decision for the government to reach. However, the government’s stance on helping those impacted significantly by COVID-19 related travel restrictions has been welcomed by students. This has cleared the way for all international students to be able to return to their school to pursue their education. 

Most Canadian universities are requiring that students be vaccinated with government approved COVID-19 vaccines to be allowed to attend in-person classes on campus. Those who have not received their vaccinations would have to agree to rapid testing. Those universities that do not mandate vaccines are encouraging students to do so. As most universities are setting their own regulations when it comes to vaccination requirements, students are urged to check with their respective institution before they set out for Canada.

Some leading universities and colleges require that students prove that they got their first dose of the vaccine by early or mid-September and their second dose by mid-October to be allowed to attend in person classes. As institutions and students are interested in returning to face-to-face instruction in their programs, keeping case numbers on the campus low is a main priority.  A majority of colleges require indoor masking.

Of all the students travelling to Canada to study, not all will have received both government approved vaccinations. Those who have completed the first dose will be allowed to move into residence in some universities in some provinces such as Ontario. These schools are also making an effort to help students get fully vaccinated as soon as possible. Students who are not fully vaccinated must also self isolate for 14 days.

Some universities have also adopted the government’s new vaccine passport system called the restrictions exemption programme. Under this program, all members of the campus community will be asked for proof of vaccination. Those who do not submit proof of vaccination will have to undergo regular rapid testing.

As the number of cases rise in Alberta, a number of Alberta universities have closed campuses or have announced vaccine mandates. Among the universities to announce vaccine mandates are the University of Lethbridge, MacEwan University, Medicine Hat College,  Mount Royal University, NAIT, SAIT and NorQuest College.

As the COVID-19 situation evolves, many institutions may keep adjusting and changing their policies. With Aplicar, you’ll get the latest news and coverage of everything that can impact you and your business. This is the Aplicar Advantage.

Fulfil your dreams of studying in Canada with Aplicar!

Aplicar connects students and recruitment partners to the best educational opportunities across Canada. It’s a one-stop solution to ease students’ journey towards studying in Canada

The Aplicar Advantage 

  • Save hours of research and apply to the most suitable programs and schools in Canada
  • Apply to the school of your dreams in just 5 minutes
  • Apply to multiple schools/colleges with a single profile
  • Excellent acceptance rate
  • Streamline and simplify search, application, admission, study visa, and post landing services through our flexible service model

The Outlook Recruitment Partners Must Adopt for 2022

Outlook Recruitment Partners Must Adopt for 2022

 

 

Several surveys conducted among agents from different countries find that international agents have been highly active in their roles during the pandemic despite travel being restricted to the most sought-after countries for international education.As most recruitment agents steer their students to Canada and the United Kingdom, demand for the United States appears to be at an all-time high, with the majority of these agents mostly represented students in Asia (44%), Africa (13%), and Latin America (13 %).

Despite restrictions, agents are working tirelessly as many are regularly contacting students intending to study abroad. Around 49% of agents informed that communication with students has  increased compared to last year, while 16% said that the frequency remained the same. A large majority claimed they have improved or maintained communication with educators, and 74% have formed new collaborations with schools/universities.

The pandemic brought along with it a lot of uncertainty, leading to long hours of work for recruitment agents. With continuation in deferrals and a large number of cancellations for the Fall 2021 intake, more than 39% of the recruitment agents reported that their students switched to another destination. The pandemic has also made the student’s decision-making process more complicated, thus taking a longer time, making the agent’s job trickier.

The wait & watch situation has been observed lately wherein students opt for the destination that promises availability early as compared to others. In other cases, these students continue to study online from the comfort of their homes, waiting for the travel to open. The decision-making process will continue to be a long one until borders open again and travel restrictions are lifted. 

It was also reported that border closures became the prime obstacle for the students aspiring to study abroad followed by delays in visa processing or visa suspension. With classes moving online, students continue to face difficulties in terms of the time difference, lack of proper internet connection, difficulty learning online and with financial difficulties. Students are more than ever concerned about health, insurance, accommodation, as well as the availability of flights and other quarantine requirements. 

With the ongoing trends in international education, agents suggest that a mix of in-person and online classes as well as purely online classes will be the new norm in 2021 and onwards. Among the courses offered by agents to their students, online courses have less than 10% mention. Undergraduate programs have high levels of ongoing recruitment with only 14% of agents not recruiting currently. On the other hand, language courses and schools have seen a decline in recruitment. 

Canada continues to remain a high priority when cited by the agents for recruitment followed by the United Kingdom when considering language courses, pathway/undergraduate programs, and to a lesser extent, the graduate programs.  Australia used to be a popular destination to consider for students & recruitment partners, but given the current situation and Australia’s borders being closed, the recruiting for this country has seen an all-time low.

The United States lags behind Canada and the United Kingdom in terms of where agents are recruiting, although agents report that demand for the United States is beginning to rise.

Many agents think that international student registration will be lower in 2021 than in 2019, despite increasing student demand. These predictions are likely to shift in the coming months if vaccine rollouts are accelerated and travel restrictions are relaxed. However, agents are optimistic about their businesses improving in 2021 and into 2022. 

While the trends on international education have seen multiple changes over the last 2 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 2022 seems hopeful for the recruitment partners. 

Fulfil your dreams of studying in Canada with Aplicar!

Aplicar connects students and recruitment partners to the best educational opportunities across Canada. It’s a one-stop solution to ease students’ journey towards studying in Canada

The Aplicar Advantage 

  • Save hours of research and apply to the most suitable programs and schools in Canada
  • Apply to the school of your dreams in just 5 minutes
  • Apply to multiple schools/colleges with a single profile
  • Excellent acceptance rate
  • Streamline and simplify search, application, admission, study visa, and post landing services through our flexible service model

The Post-Pandemic Importance of Student and Recruitment Partner Relationships

The Post-Pandemic Relationship Between Students and Recruitment Partners

 

 

The onset of COVID-19 has put a halt to study abroad as we know it. No industry remains unaffected from the effects of the pandemic, however it seems to have dealt a specific blow towards the education industry. However, the hopes of students remain unchanged with a desire to have the best international education, a wide range of courses to choose from, and the feeling of being amongst their friends and peers.

This underlying demand is the bedrock for international education to return in 2021, and it also provides an opportunity for new programs and goods this year. During the pandemic, businesses and institutions all around the world had to change their messaging and operations to offer new products or services. That being said, it has become imperative for institutions to come up with methods to keep the students engaged while adhering to the new normal of online-based learning.

As the world emerges from the post-COVID era, communication is even more important. Offerings from schools are endless but their awareness to students may be limited. This is where effective communication comes into play. Keeping them updated and reassured will help both students and recruitment partners go a long way. Being quick in their response to students’ queries is crucial. Students planning to study abroad have always had a multitude of questions, but with updated regulations, changes to the way classes are conducted and more, recruitment partners must be prepared to guide students and provide these answers.  

Recruitment partners should take the initiative to provide all necessary information, news and updates regarding any relevant information for their students. It is also important for recruitment partners to be up-to-date with international education trends and be swift in their response to any potential opening or lead that they come across. This is where Aplicar has a huge role to play. Aplicar not only helps recruitment partners be on top of their game but also provides options of hundreds of educational institutions, that suit best to their student’s profile and goals.. Aplicar’s AI-powered platform also ensures that all applications are processed within 24 hours, making the process swift and seamless for both partners and students.

In this new era of international education, the relationship between recruitment partners and students is even more crucial and important. However, the opportunities provided by Aplicar ensure students nor partners have to compromise on their choices. Aplicar is the world’s smartest study abroad platform for recruitment partners and students to benefit from and overcome the challenges that emerged due to the onset of the pandemic. 

 

Fulfil your dreams of studying in Canada with Aplicar!

Aplicar connects students and recruitment partners to the best educational opportunities across Canada. It’s a one-stop solution to ease students’ journey towards studying in Canada

The Aplicar Advantage 

  • Save hours of research and apply to the most suitable programs and schools in Canada
  • Apply to the school of your dreams in just 5 minutes
  • Apply to multiple schools/colleges with a single profile
  • Excellent acceptance rate
  • Streamline and simplify search, application, admission, study visa, and post landing services through our flexible service model