The coronavirus pandemic has proven devastating to international study programs around the world, bringing the majority of university campuses to a standstill. With many institutions announcing plans to move courses online in the coming months, students are understood to be seriously considering cancelling their placements.
A survey of 2176 international students planning to study in Europe, conducted by ShengenVisaInfo.com, has asked for perspectives on a number of issues relating to online learning.
Most concerningly, 30% of those surveyed said they would definitely cancel their studies in Europe if their course moved to online learning and a further 22.3% said they would likely cancel. Students who said they would definitely not change their plans was as low as 17.3%.
The anxiety around commencing study under the current circumstances is in line with a prior report by QS which surveyed 30,000 university applicants, finding that 53% of overseas students intend to defer their places for year.
It is obvious that students prefer in-person instruction with 78.2% saying they preferred this option. The students asked also seemed to have had poor experiences with online learning with 24.1% saying they were very dissatisfied and 13.1% slightly dissatisfied. Only 5.5% were very satisfied with their prior online learning participation.
An overwhelming 88.4% answered yes to the question of whether universities should reduce fees for online classes.
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