Google Offers Scholarships for Certificate Programs

Google, the behemoth technology company that has become a verb for online search, is offering financial aid to students who take their certificate programs in data analysis, project management and user experience.Calling it “a digital jobs program to help America’s economic recovery,” the offering comes during record-high joblessness in the U.S. because of quarantines and…

Students Still Feel A Chill After ICE Rule Rescinded

Some international students say they have been chilled by the U.S. government’s attempt – now rescinded – to compel them to attend class in person this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic or risk losing their visa status. “It was really scary,” said Yumiko Kishaba from Japan, who studies business administration at the City University of New York. “It’s very confusing. It makes us…

Students Want Campus But Will Leave If COVID-19 Surges

The party’s on hold, so they say.Most college and university students are willing to sacrifice social aspects of the college experience because of the coronavirus, according to a new poll from Axios. Nearly 80% of students said they won’t attend parties, while 71% said they wouldn’t attend sporting events.And if a severe outbreak of COVID-19 broke out, 67% of students said…

Students Still Feeling Chill After ICE Rule Rescinded

Some international students say they have been chilled by the U.S. government’s attempt – now rescinded – to compel them to attend class in person this fall during the COVID-19 pandemic or risk losing their visa status. “It was really scary,” said Yumiko Kishaba from Japan, who studies business administration at the City University of New York. “It’s very confusing. It makes us…

Four Things to Know after ICE Withdraws Directive on International Students    

U.S. officials on Tuesday canceled a short-lived directive that would have prevented international student visa holders from entering the country if their schools were expected to hold online only classes during the coronavirus pandemic. Issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the rescinded July 6 guidance also set forth that foreign scholars in the United States who were not attending in-person classes were subject to deportation.ICE’s decision settled a lawsuit initiated by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute…

Internet Access Disrupted in Iran as Uproar Rises Against Executions

Following a string of announcements by the Islamic Republic of Iran about convictions, death penalties for protesters and executions of political prisoners, a wide cross-section of Iranians resorted to a campaign on social media against the authorities.The Persian hashtag #DontExecute trended in the world, occupying the highest spot Tuesday evening GMT time. Diverse individuals and…

ICE Won’t Compel Foreign Students to Be on Campus

Students and educators expressed relief and joy after the U.S. government withdrew a rule requiring international students to be on campus this autumn or risk losing their visa status.  Since last week, students and educators have been immersed in confusion and anxiety, they said, over the uncertainty of whether they would be allowed to attend their classes online…

Trump Administration Rescinds Rule on Foreign Students

Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the pandemic. The decision was announced at the start of a hearing in a federal lawsuit in…

US Visa Changes Create Panic Among Indian Students

With leases signed, tickets booked, deposits paid, and about a month for schools to reopen, the recent U.S. directive requiring F-1 student visa holders to be on campus this fall has hung a looming cloud of uncertainty over Indian students.   The announcement by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) last week that international students…

Over 200 US Universities Challenge ICE Guidelines on Foreign Students

Over 200 universities have signed briefs in support of Harvard and MIT’s lawsuit challenging a U.S. guideline to not grant visas to international students whose coursework will be all online. Fifty-nine schools, including Stanford and Duke, filed a brief Monday in support of the suit, saying the new guidelines forces schools to “choose between opening their…

Dozens of US Universities Support Challenge to Trump’s Order on Foreign Students

About 60 U.S. universities on Sunday filed a brief supporting a lawsuit by two others, seeking to block a Trump administration rule barring foreign students from remaining in the country if educational institutions don’t hold in-person classes this fall.The lawsuit was filed by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) on Wednesday in a…

Black Students Afraid to Return to Kansas State University After Racist Tweet

Many Black students at Kansas State University are afraid to return to school after a white student made a racist tweet about George Floyd, a Black man who died while in police custody in Minneapolis.Jaden McNeil tweeted, “Congratulations to George Floyd on being drug free for an entire month!” A statement that drew support from national…

Court Decision Postponed on Federal Rule Targeting Foreign Students

A federal judge postponed taking action Friday in a lawsuit filed by two universities against the U.S. government, while the state of California filed a separate lawsuit over federal guidance that foreign students who take online-only classes will lose their immigration status.U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs announced she would wait until next week to decide…

International Students in Limbo Following New Visa Guidance

New guidelines introduced this week by U.S. immigration will require international students to leave the U.S. if they do not attend class on campus in person. But students already in the U.S. on F-1 visas will face challenges trying to go home amid a global pandemic. Esha Sarai has more.Producer: Esha Sarai. Videographers: Esha Sarai,…

Foreign Students Caught Between COVID-19 and ICE

Pat Janyamethakul, a Thai student at Virginia Tech, wanted to attend college in the U.S. because of “the country’s reputation in higher education.” The senior says that earning a degree here would “set her apart” from her peers back in Thailand.Rafael Lima, a Brazilian student, has one more year to go at Wake Forest University…

Trump: Health Guidelines for School Reopenings ‘Very Impractical’ 

President Donald Trump rebuffed the country’s health experts on Wednesday, saying their recommendations for schools to reopen in the coming weeks in the face of the surging coronavirus pandemic are too tough, expensive and “very impractical.” Trump, who on Tuesday pressed the country’s 50 state governors and local school officials to restart in-person classes in August…

Harvard, MIT Sue to Block ICE Rule on International Students

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. government over a policy change that would require international students to be on campus in person for classes this fall or lose their immigration status.  US Universities Brace for Big Decline in International StudentsLatest policy from immigration agency says…

Physician Named University of California’s First Black President 

Dr. Michael Drake was chosen Tuesday to be president of the University of California, the first Black leader in the system’s 150-year history.Drake, a seasoned university administrator, replaces Janet Napolitano in overseeing a sprawling, 280,000-student system dealing with issues of accessibility for Blacks and other minorities along with slashed budgets and upended campus life because…

What Is Known about ICE’s Rule Change for Foreign Students

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced this week that international students enrolled in U.S. colleges and universities that switch to online-only courses will have to leave the country or risk deportation. Here’s an overview of what is known about the most recent changes to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program during the pandemic. How many colleges and universities are planning online-only classes?Nine percent of 1,090…