Flights could bring as many as 2,400 international students back to study in South Australia next month, as part of a larger plan to bring back students stuck overseas.
Over 6,700 international students are currently stranded overseas, with authorities planning three waves of repatriation.
The process will depend on the success of a pilot program to bring back 800 students, according to The Advertiser.
The first groups of students will return from South East Asia on four flights via Singapore or Kuala Lumpur.
SA’s universities have flagged that they are likely to take massive financial hits given the industry’s reliance on international students.
Previously, Prime Minister Scott Morrison warned that states would not be allowed to welcome back international students if the nation’s domestic borders were not completely open.
However, the nation’s two speed recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and the rest of the country shutting its borders with Victoria means that internal borders are unlikely to fully open again soon.
The international education sector is worth almost $2 billion annually to South Australia.