International Student Mobility in a Deglobalizing and Post-Pandemic World

Resilience, Reconfiguration, Renewal




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


Writing about international student mobility (ISM) at such a juncture, there is a certain temptation to go with hyperbolic statements about how the ISM landscape has shifted dramatically in a world characterized by deglobalizing momentum (Irwin, 2020) or how the COVID pandemic was a “game-changer” (Yang & Lu, 2022, p. 133). Undoubtedly, the past several years have been volatile for international students and all those involved in various aspects of ISM. The unsynced trajectories of the pandemic in different regions/countries of the world, aggravated by the pandemic’s multifarious global repercussions – social, economic, geo-political, etc. – have created a cacophony of experiences for international students, about which scholarship is rapidly emerging, both in this journal (to mention just a few: Sustarsic & Zhang, 2021; Thorson et al., 2021; Zabin, 2022) and elsewhere (e.g., Gomes, 2022; Xu & Tran, 2022; Yang, 2022b).

Author Biographies


PEIDONG YANG, PhD (Oxford), is an Assistant Professor at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. A sociologist of education, Peidong’s research concerns the intersections between education and migration/mobility. He is the author of International Mobility and Educational Desire: Chinese Foreign Talent Students in Singapore (Palgrave, 2016) and numerous journal articles on topics including international student mobility, identity, integration, and social studies education (see Email:


YI TIAN is a Master of Science candidate in Educational Studies at the University of Glasgow, United Kingdom. With over a decade of professional and entrepreneurial experience in the education and training sector in China, Yi is interested in how policies impact the education ecosystem and stakeholders, particularly in the context of China. Email:


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How to Cite

YANG, P. ., & TIAN , Y. . (2023). International Student Mobility in a Deglobalizing and Post-Pandemic World: Resilience, Reconfiguration, Renewal. Journal of International Students, 13(1), i-v. Retrieved from