Reshaping the Landscape

Considering COVID-19’s Uncertain Impacts on Canadian and U.S. International Higher Education

Authors

  • Michael O’Shea
  • You Zhang
  • Leping Mou

Abstract

As the world grapples with the COVID-19 pandemic, international higher education (IHE) enters new territory and complicates models that describe the third wave of internationalization. Against this backdrop, we apply a three-layer (country, institution, individual) analysis to understand COVID-19’s impact on IHE in Canada and the United States, particularly student mobility, and consider the future of an altered landscape. At the national level, we consider how the two countries are responding to COVID-19 regarding their policies toward international students and what long-term impact might be looming. At the institutional level, we consider the pandemic’s impact on institutions’ revenue, mission, internationalization strategies, and even survival. At the individual level, we examine how this pandemic impacts international students’ plan of study in Canada and the United States, with their concern for the expense and experience of online learning and their consideration of other alternative destination countries.

How to cite this chapter:

O’Shea, M., Zhang, Y., & Mou, L. (2022). Reshaping the landscape considering COVID-19’s uncertain impacts on Canadian and U.S. international higher education. In  R. Ammigan, R. Y. Chan, & K. Bista, (eds), COVID-19 and higher education in the global context: Exploring contemporary issues and challenges (pp. 107-122). STAR Scholars. https://starscholars.org/product/covid-19-and-higed/

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Author Biographies

Michael O’Shea

Michael O’Shea is a PhD Candidate in Higher Education at the University of Toronto. His doctoral research focuses on Canadian universities’ historic treaty responsibility to Indigenous students on Turtle Island. Other research interests include higher education policy and equity in astronomy education. Email: michael.oshea@mail.utoronto.ca

You Zhang

You Zhang is a PhD Candidate in Higher Education at the University of Toronto. Her current research examines higher education internationalization and regionalization from a comparative perspective. Email: youzhang. zhang@mail.utoronto.ca

Leping Mou

Leping Mou is a PhD Candidate in Higher Education at the University of Toronto. His doctoral research focuses on liberal arts education in the East Asian contexts. Other research interests include sociology of education and research methodology. Email: leping.mou@mail.utoronto.ca

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Published

2021-09-26