International Students in the Time of COVID-19

International Education at the Crossroads


  • Catherine Gomes RMIT University
  • Helen Forbes-Mewett Monash University



COVID-19, pandemic, international education, international students, experience, futures


International education and the international student experience worldwide have been fractured due to the COVID0-19 global pandemic. This special issue brings together papers from around the world which not only critically examine the impact a global crisis has on policies, procedures, operations and people around international education but also the unprecedented effects these have on international students themselves. This special issue moreover opens discussion on the future direction of international education policy and practice in order to create the best international student experience possible.

Author Biographies

Catherine Gomes, RMIT University

CATHERINE GOMES, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the School of Media and Communication. She is an ethnographer whose work contributes to the understanding of the evolving migration, mobility and digital media nexus. As a migration and mobility scholar, Catherine specialises on the social, cultural and communication spaces of transient migrants, especially international students, their wellbeing and their digital engagement. Catherine’s work covers the themes of identity, ethnicity, race, memory and gender. She is a specialist on the Asia-Pacific with Australia and Singapore being significant fieldwork sites. Email:

Helen Forbes-Mewett, Monash University

HELEN FORBES-MEWETT, PhD, is Associate Professor of Sociology in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University, Australia. Her work centers around human security, cultural diversity and social inclusion with a particular focus on international students, minority groups and host community responses. Email:



How to Cite

Gomes, C., & Forbes-Mewett, H. (2021). International Students in the Time of COVID-19: International Education at the Crossroads . Journal of International Students, 11(S2).

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