International students will begin arriving in Adelaide again from September as part of a pilot program aimed at kicking the country’s education sector back into action.

Australia’s Trade Minister Simon Birmingham announced yesterday that as many as 300 students would arrive in Adelaide next month.

Like other overseas arrivals, students coming to Australia to study will have to pay to cover their mandatory quarantine costs along with any travel costs incurred.

The COVID-19 pandemic is said to have cost Australia’s universities as much as $3 billion, the majority of which attributed to over 100,000 Chinese students being stuck overseas.

While students will be required to quarantine for 14 days upon their arrival in Australia, some student accommodation providers are also planning to provide chartered transports for students between campus and housing to limit their interaction with the community.

Flights will arrive in Adelaide by early September with students from China, Hong Kong, Japan and Singapore.