There is an established literature on factors which motivate student country destination choices. While a range of host country conditions are considered, the policy environment does not feature prominently. Utilising a body of research on policy crisis management, this presentation analyses the implications of crises for changes in students’ willingness to study in particular countries. Examples are drawn from crises relating to: the UK’s exit from the EU; Indian students’ safety in Australia; and discrimination against Chinese students in New Zealand. The three crises are categorised and compared and the implications of the comparison for scholarship and policy are examined.
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