Reclaiming International Student Mobility in a Post-pandemic World


  • Doria Abdullah
  • Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh


higher education; international students; pandemic, internationalization


International education was thriving pre-pre-pandemic, where massification of international student mobility was evident. An international education experience abroad was sought after by students to enhance their employability, gain global citizenship skills, and contribute to economic prosperity. Since the start of the COVID-19 global pandemic in early 2020, country borders remain closed, closing doors for students to experience international education abroad. This essay reflects international student mobility and prospects for a post-pandemic world. In addition, this essay seeks to find rationales and potential directions to critically address ‘How will international student mobility look like in a post-pandemic world?’ The value of international education will not diminish post-COVID, but it will take a significantly different shape online. Technology might be the leveler that the global higher education landscape requires in reimagining internationalization as a more inclusive experience for all.

How to cite in APA:

Abdullah, D., & Singh, J. K. N. (2022). Reclaiming international student mobility in a post-pandemic world. In E. J. Valeau, R. L. Raby, & U. Gaulee (eds), Shaping a humane world through global higher education: Pre-challenges and post-opportunities during a pandemic (pp. 47-52). STAR Scholars.


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Author Biographies

Doria Abdullah

Doria Abdullah, Ph.D., is a senior lecturer at the School of Education, Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia (UTM). She specializes in higher education policy, with practical experience in developing policies on higher education since 2011. Email:

Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh

Jasvir Kaur Nachatar Singh, Ph.D., is a Lecturer at the La Trobe Business School, La Trobe University. Her primary research interests lie in the area of international higher education research focusing on international students’ learning and teaching and employability experiences. Email:



How to Cite

Abdullah, D., & Singh, J. K. N. (2022). Reclaiming International Student Mobility in a Post-pandemic World. STAR Scholar Books, 85–90. Retrieved from



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