The desperation of international students stranded outside Australia

At least 130,000 foreign students are enrolled in Australian universities without being able to attend. For months, they’ve been taking courses online, paying high tuition fees, and struggling to see the end of the tunnel.

“I feel like a puppet and they are the ones controlling me.” For fifteen months, Ariana Bejikin Gregory, a Bangladeshi student, has been waiting to be able to set foot at the University of Adelaide, Australia. Even though she was accepted there more than a year ago, nothing works: the borders of the island remain closed, and international students who were not there before spring 2020 cannot ” go there to follow their face-to-face lessons.

As reported by South China Morning Post (SCMP), around 130,000 students would study abroad online, hoping that a pass would one day allow them to finally get to know the benches of Australian universities. To this total are added those who preferred to postpone their studies until they could reach Australia, such as Victoria Cao, a Vietnamese woman interviewed by the newspaper, whose departure has already been postponed four times:

This situation not only affects our future career, but also our mental health because of this desperate wait. ”

Very gradual reopening of borders

In recent weeks, Australia has



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