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Impact of COVID-19 on international students' mental health

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By Ma Kyung-hee

Since early 2010, following global trends in higher education, universities in Korea have pursued competent students from around the world to actualize campus internationalization. These efforts by Korean universities gained momentum with the implementation of government-level policies for foreign students in 2013. As a result, by 2021, international student enrollment in degree programs at Korean universities reached 120,018, representing a 6.2-percent increase despite the challenges presented by COVID-19.

COVID-19 has changed the landscape of Korean higher education, forcing universities to quickly respond to new problems. The changes required a paradigm shift in pedagogical delivery, scaling up online learning and bolstering public health and safety through preventative measures, such as social distancing and self-isolation. Compounding these complexities, the world remains unsure of the long-term effects of COVID-19 as well as its collateral impact on mental health.


© The Korea Times

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