THE Student 2021: the articles you’ve been reading the most

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It’s been another turbulent year for international students, as the world continued to grapple with  coronavirus. While we’ve become used to sudden changes in travel rules and vaccination requirements, students are still looking for information that will help their study abroad journey run more smoothly. 

Covering changes to visa applications to student blogs, scholarship guides and university rankings, we’ve published a range of articles this year that can be read no matter where you are in your academic journey. 

Depending on where you are most interested in studying abroad, you might be interested in catching up on some of the most-read articles on THE Student in 2021. 

If you’re planning on studying abroad...

One of our most-read articles this year was a guide on what to do if your visa application is rejected. Although this is fairly rare, it’s always good to be prepared in case it does happen, and have a plan of action in place.

In relation to this, many of our readers were also interested in this guide to post-study work visas in the UK, US, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Germany. One of the main reasons people choose to study abroad is to improve their career prospects so knowing what visas are available for students after graduation is valuable information. 

We also found that many of the guides to scholarships that we published this year were particularly popular. Finding funding and scholarships as a foreign student can be a bit of a minefield so our guides for students from India, China, Africa, Malaysia, Hong Kong and many other countries helped to break down some of the more popular scholarships and where to look for them.

If you’re planning on studying in the UK...

One of this year’s biggest changes for international students in the UK was the reintroduction of the post-study work visa. While the news was announced in 2020, applications opened on 1 July 2021. The visa allows international students who have completed a degree at undergraduate level or above to stay in the UK to work for a further two years on graduation. 

Readers were also very interested in this year’s National Student Survey results, which offered an insight into how Covid-19 had affected the student experience in the UK. Brighton and Sussex Medical School ranked number one for student experience in this survey of more than 330,000 students. Survey questions covered all areas of academic life, including the quality of teaching, feedback on work and learning resources – and more than 75 per cent of respondents agreed that they were satisfied with the quality of their course. 

And, any students who know they want to study in the UK but aren’t sure which subject to study where may want to check out these rankings for the best universities in the UK for law degrees, the best universities for medicine degrees, the best universities for business degrees, and the best universities for psychology degrees

If you’re planning on studying in the US...

Our most popular US-related content could be easily split into two main categories – rankings and funding.

As in previous years, our US College Rankings are among the most popular articles, with our lists of the best public universities in the US and the best liberal arts colleges some of the most viewed pieces. Our huge range of rankings for students looking to study in the US can be found here

If you want to study in the US, this guide to everything you need to know about applying to university in the US will provide you with all the information you need on applying for a visa, preparing for English language tests and how much it will cost. 

Another of our popular articles was this guide to scholarships in the US, which explains the different types of scholarships available, where you can find them, and how to apply for them.

If you’re planning on studying in Canada...

Given the state of the world and the constant changes in travel restrictions and allowances it’s no surprise that one of our most-read Canada-related stories was this guide on bringing family with you on a Canadian student visa. It breaks down the different types of permits that are available, the entry requirements and vaccination requirements. We have similar guides for bringing your family on a student visa for Australia, the US and the UK, too.

Our most popular subject rankings for Canada included the best universities for business, medicine and life sciences, but Canada does feature in all our subject rankings, so depending on which subject you are most interested in, there’s a ranking available. 

Understanding the cost of studying in Canada was another popular and important topic for prospective international students and a key consideration when deciding on where to study abroad. 

If you’re planning on studying in Australia...

Students wishing to study in Australia in 2021 had a pretty hard time given that the country remained closed to almost all travellers for the majority of the year. In December some states finally allowed international students to arrive as long as they were fully vaccinated and had tested negative for Covid-19 in the three days prior to arriving.

Students were also attempting to keep up with all of the changes to the visa application process so this table on everything students need to know about student visas on Australia was a helpful tool.

2022 looks to be a more promising year for international students wishing to travel to Australia, so you may want to get a head start in learning about the country with this guide to everything you need to know about applying to university in Australia

Subject rankings for Australia that proved popular this year were those for medicine, psychology, law and business. Australian universities also performed well in out 2021 Impact Rankings, which explores how universities are performing against measures in sustainability, climate change and gender equality. 


Visas, scholarships and travel changes were some of the topics you’ve been most interested in this year. These are some of our most-read articles on THE Student in 2021.