Jul 07, 2020 07:57 PM

Cornell to Let Stranded Chinese Students Attend Local Colleges

What’s new: Cornell University has said Chinese students unable to attend college this year due to coronavirus restrictions will be able to study at designated universities in China.

The New York-based Ivy League school announced the “study away” scheme last week in an effort to accommodate students from the Chinese mainland, Hong Kong and other regions who cannot enter the United States owing to travel curbs imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to the scheme, Chinese nationals currently at Cornell will be allowed to apply to study at some of their home country’s top colleges, including Peking and Tsinghua universities. Hong Kong permanent residents will be permitted to attend City University of Hong Kong.

Around 2,200 Chinese students were enrolled at Cornell in 2018, according to higher education information provider College Factual.

The background: Thousands of overseas Chinese students returned to their home country in the first half of the year as the deadly coronavirus outbreak spread worldwide. Many now face barriers to beginning or resuming their college studies as countries restrict the number of travelers entering from abroad and airlines slash flight quotas.

American universities enroll more students from China than any other foreign country. Nearly 370,000 Chinese nationals studied at U.S. institutions during the 2018-19 school year, accounting for one-third of all international students, according to the Institute of International Education.

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