Unable to return to their studies in China, international students are placing pressure on their embassies to ask the Chinese government to ease border restrictions, claiming that online courses are not of a high standard.
In recent weeks, China has reopened its borders to international residents, but not to student visa holders. The country is the third-largest foreign student destination worldwide with 492.185 students in 2018.
“A Pakistani student studying at a university in Wuhan told The PIE News,” I came home this year for the winter holidays and had been waiting for my return for nine or ten months.
“The universities do not contact us. If we send them a message, they don’t answer. There are also flights for them, but they don’t do much for international students. Chinese students keep going to the UK [and elsewhere] for studies.
The PIE talked to a number of students, mentioning that their schools had no interaction with them and the “poor management” situation.
International student disappointed for china government while the same china students want to back their home
86% of Chinese students want to go home
In a new report from the Beijing Overseas Study Service Association, approximately 86 per cent of Chinese students currently studying abroad want to return to China, with nearly two-thirds of those surveyed saying they are not satisfied with the measures their host countries are taking to stop the spread of coronavirus
The BOSSA report, published on March 23, includes responses from almost 9,000 students studying outside of China.
In the US (30 per cent) and the UK (27 per cent), most interviewees were doing courses. The survey included students in 20 countries, of which just over half were undergraduates, and 11 per cent were under the age of 18 years.
Their key worries were being sick, the effect of coronavirus on their studies, and being unable to return home, like many students.
Almost nine out of 10 are in countries where “moderate” or “extreme” is considered the number of cases.
In a variety of countries, including the UK, where more than 8,000 students have obtained disease guides and medical kits, the Chinese state media has reported embassies in providing help for students.
Ninety-four per cent state they are prohibited by the expense and lack of flights for students who want to return to China, while half are not intending to.
Ninety-four per cent say that the cost and lack of flights for students who want to return to China are forbidden, while half do not plan.