This is the big news for international students: “international students whose classes will take place fully online would be asked to leave the country. ” But check the data (see plot below), not many Nigerians are actually going to the U.S. to study these years. Largely, there are reasons: visas are not being granted by the U.S. embassy in Nigeria, or parents cannot afford the big dollars-school fees which keep rising, or Canada has disintermediated the U.S on preference. But no matter how you look at it, international students have real issues to deal with right now, and those issues are outside their controls. If your school decides to go fully online to keep the majority of the student population safe, you could be flying back to your country, without your diploma! Elections have consequences in this world!
Harvard and M.I.T. have filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over an order that would remove foreign students’ visas if their coursework is entirely online this fall, according to The New York Times. Earlier this week, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency announced that international students whose classes will take place fully online would be asked to leave the country. A number of academic institutions, including Harvard, have recently moved their academic year online to reduce the spread of the coronavirus.
Comment from Francis Oguaju below
One of those unpleasant things that happen when you are outside playing and joking with friends and strangers, and then you wish you had a loving home with caring family to cheer you up, when you run back home.
This is one of the reasons why we should never allow Nigeria to collapse, or let Africa become a continent of despair; so that whenever push turns to shove, you can always have a decent home to run back to.
A slave will never be equal to a free born, irrespective of how brilliant or hardworking he’s, once the scramble for survival begins, your surname will put you where you belong.
Never see your country of origin as your second home, rather see it as your first, even when you haven’t lived there, very important. No matter how great and caring your friends are, your biological family is above them all, because you don’t really need to prove anything to the latter, but they know that you are their own.
Nobody knows if globalisation gospel will still be relevant in another decade, so if you allow your country to disintegrate, you may no longer have home address.
We hope that the international students can navigate the complicated policy successfully and finish their studies.