Coronavirus Sparks Visa Concerns For Business School Candidates
Read our April 24 coronavirus roundup, as new visa restrictions could block some candidates’ pathways to business school
April 24 Roundup
Visa restrictions cause serious concern for b-school candidates
According to new research by GMAC, prospective business school students in the Middle East, Africa, and Central & Southeast Asia in particular are concerned that visa restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic will block their passage to business school. This comes as Donald Trump announces a new US immigration ban and a 60-day freeze to green card applications.
The survey snapshot reveals a third of candidates based in Central & South Asia (34%) and the Middle East & Africa (33%) reported concern about visas as compared to 13% in East & Southeast Asia, 5% in Europe and 3% in the United States.
This points to the popularity of US and European business schools. US and European students are happy to study closer to home, whereas internationals are more concerned that they won’t be able to study at their target US or European b-schools. If global mobility is limited by coronavirus, the diversity of students at business school—on MBA programs, for example—will be impacted.
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