The Impact of COVID-19 on Chinese Parents And Students: Shifting Perspectives on Higher Education Amidst the Crisis

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Junjian Gao
Midya Yousefi


Since 2020, Chinese students studying in the United States have suffered a precipitous decline in enrollment. The restrictive nature of Chinese and American student visa policies during COVID-19 impacted Chinese international students' travel and admissions patterns. The result was an increased number of Chinese students studying in the U.K. and the European Union. This study employed approximately 60-minute ethnographic interviews with 15 participants to investigate Chinese parental decision making during the COVID crisis regarding their children's study abroad. The semi-structured audio-recorded interviews were conducted both remotely and physically. Interview data identified six major factor themes directed toward these fifteen parent participants: 1. Physical Safety, 2. Gender of Applicant, 3. Familial Financial Concerns, 4. Likelihood of Return, 5. Elite Education, and 6. "Conor Overtaking". These were strong indications that factors impact decision-making, and the COVID crisis has been involved in the process. Implications are discussed.

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