Introduction to International Students and COVID-19




COVID-19, higher education, international students, overseas studies


In this special edition, we address international students and COVID-19 in the higher education context. To begin with, three articles explore the sources of information used by Indonesian students interested in studying abroad, challenges faced by international students who studied in Indonesia, and the psychological well-being of Indonesian students studying in Taiwan. Although empirical studies reported in those three articles were undertaken before the prevalence of the COVID-19 pandemic, they are still relevant to this edition because they address practical implications for post-pandemic overseas studies. Other articles look into different dimensions of international students’ academic and non-academic experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that this special edition can provide a better understanding of international students in the COVID1-19 pandemic context and beyond.

Author Biographies

Handoyo Puji Widodo, King Abdulaziz University, Saudi Arabia

HANDOYO RUJI WIDODO is a Research Professor at King Abdulaziz University based in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Widodo has edited several books with reputable international publishers (Springer, Routledge, Multilingual Matters) and special issues of Scopus-indexed journals (The Indonesian Journal of Applied Linguistics, Sexuality and Culture). 

Sandi Ferdiansyah, Institut Agama Islam Negeri, Indonesia

SANDI FERDINSYAH is a lecturer in the Department of English Education of Institut Agama Islam Negeri (IAIN) Jember, Indonesia. His research interests include methodology in TESOL, technology-enhanced language learning, and teacher professional development.

Lara Fridani, Universitas Negeri Jakarta, Indonesia

LARA FRIDANI is a lecturer in the Department of Early Childhood Education at the Faculty of Education of Universitas Negeri Jakarta. Her research focuses on educational and developmental psychology, family, and assessment. 


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How to Cite

Widodo, H. P., Ferdiansyah, S., & Fridani, L. (2020). Introduction to International Students and COVID-19. Journal of International Students, 10(S3), i-xii.