Free Bird Institute welcomes 108 foreign students

A total of 108 foreign students from Japan arrived in the country last Sunday via a Free Bird Institute-chartered flight.

Free Bird Institute chief operations officer Mereseini Baleilevuka said they were fortunate to have had more than 100 students coming to Fiji to study.

“It shows that there is still a demand for study abroad programs during this pandemic, however, this does not mean that that demand will easily translate to sales,” Ms Baleilevuka said.

“The cost to study abroad still remains a challenge for our business but we are grateful that we are able to remain operational during these difficult times.”

She said all 108 students had undertaken their first polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test in Japan and had all returned a negative result prior to their departure from Japan.

“These students are now in quarantine for 14 days and will again undertake two mandatory PCR tests during their stay.

“They are expected to complete their quarantine by May 2, 2021, and are expected to commence classes from May 3, 2021.”

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