International students could soon return to NSW
International students may be allowed to return to New South Wales shortly under a pilot program slated to begin later this year.
On 10th of June, the New South Wales government announced that it would welcome 250 students every two weeks from mid-year as a part of the trial via chartered flights.
As mentioned in the official press statement issued by NSW Treasurer Dominic Perrottet, the students would need to be quarantined in purpose-built student accommodation and requirements would be the same as for all international arrivals.
The announcement states that usually more than 250,000 international students study in New South Wales each year and they directly assisted more than 95,000 local jobs prior to the pandemic.
The NSW government has come up with this idea to retain students from turning to other overseas destinations which could impede the sector for decades.
International students will be selected by their universities based on "a range of criteria" and their individual circumstances, with priority given to higher degree research students.
The student quarantine system, including travel costs, accommodation and security, will be financed by the university sector while the state government will provide governance and operational support.
This news came as a huge relief to international students eagerly waiting to resume their studies in NSW universities and colleges.
Australian government had planned to reopen the international border from the middle of 2022 which had affected a large number of students from around the world.