4 Feb 2020

Chinese students trapped overseas left in limbo

From Morning Report, 6:15 am on 4 February 2020

University students who are still in China are said to be frustrated and uncertain about what to do following the travel ban imposed by our government yesterday.

Just under half of all international students in New Zealand come from China, and Auckland University estimates up to three quarters of their contingent are affected.

Concerns over whether the ban will be extended beyond the initial fourteen days means students could miss the beginning of the semester on 2 March.

Universities announced yesterday a range of measures to adapt to the ban, including delayed enrolments and individual study plans.

Former Vice President of the International Students Union, Vaelyn Luo, says she has been messaging students trying to help.

She told RNZ reporter Harry Lock, getting clear communication from the universities is proving difficult.