International Education

Academic Affairs Division

Emerging Trends in International Education

The emergence of COVID-19 has affected the field of international education in unprecedented and lasting ways. To serve as a resource, USG International Education has created this page to highlight these emerging trends in international education. Updates and information related to travel will be updated here as needed; this page was last updated June 17, 2020

International Students and Scholars

  • For consolidated resources on updates regarding F and J students and scholars, see: NAFSA’s Coronavirus Critical Resources
  • U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is working closely with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and other federal, state, and local agencies to facilitate a speedy, whole-of-government response, see: ICE Guidance on COVID-19
  • USCIS is actively monitoring the effects of the public health emergency related to the 2019 coronavirus outbreak on agency operations, see: USCIS Response to the 2019 Coronavirus
  • As the coronavirus (COVID-19) impacts international students and Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)-certified schools, SEVP is closely monitoring key developments and will provide further information and important updates as necessary, see: Study in the States Covid-19 Resources
  • The Department of State has no greater responsibility than the safety and security of U.S. citizens overseas, including providing information to help U.S. citizens make informed decisions about traveling abroad, see: Current Outbreak of Coronavirus Disease 2019
ISSS Briefings and Presentations

Study Abroad

International Virtual Exchange

International Virtual Exchange (IVE) consists of projects or entire courses that pair two groups of students residing in different countries. IVE makes it possible for all student to have meaningful, transnational and intercultural experiences. While not a replacement for study abroad, it is a good way to keep students globally engaged while travel isn’t feasible. Beyond providing a global opportunity, IVE helps in developing much needed employability skills such as digital competence, communication skills, media literacy, the ability to work in a diverse cultural context and it is affordable and accessible to all students.

IVE Resources

USG Resources

  • The USG has continued to provide updates on the development and response to Covid-19, see: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (Covid-19)Updates for USG
  • Keep Teaching USG is a webpage designed to guide faculty toward helpful resources and contacts as they make the transition to remote instruction, see: Keep Teaching USG
  • Keep Learning USG is a webpage designed to provide tips to students to help them, see Keep Learning USG
  • In light of the recent decisions made by the College Board and ACT to suspend the availability of testing during the COVID-19 pandemic, the USG Chancellor has approved the temporary adjustment of the University System of Georgia (USG) freshman admission requirements, see: Summer and Fall 2020 Freshman Admission

Global Student Mobility: Looking Forward and Beyond

Leaders in the field of International Education have expressed and written articles that help us think about the lasting effects on global student mobility. Below are a few pieces that illuminate what may happen next. Any opinions expressed are solely those of the authors.