Enrollment of international students at U.S. colleges and universities fell sharply in 2020-21 but appears to be rebounding, according to a new report.
International students preparing to attend U.S. colleges this fall are navigating a complicated web of travel guidelines, embassy closures, visa processing delays, and vaccination requirements.
The U.S. Department of Education this week prepared to distribute more than $36 billion in emergency aid to colleges, announcing that it has reversed a Trump-era decision that barred undocumented and international students from accessing the funds.
A year into the COVID-19 pandemic, students around the world still face travel barriers, leaving U.S. colleges and universities wondering whether international enrollment will rebound in the fall.
The total number of international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities fell by 16 percent for the fall 2020 semester, with an especially sharp 43 percent drop in new enrollments.
President-Elect Joe Biden is expected to usher in a new era for higher education when he takes office in January. Some policies could bring rapid change, while others will hinge on Senate control.
Georgetown University has joined a number of colleges, universities, and higher education organizations in decrying a Trump administration proposal that would limit the amount of time international students and scholars can stay at U.S. institutions.
Facing lawsuits and criticism from higher education leaders, federal officials this week rescinded a directive that would have prohibited international students from staying in the U.S. if they were attending colleges and universities that offered only online instruction.
A new rule from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is further complicating an already uncertain time for international students by prohibiting them from staying in the U.S. if they attend colleges and universities offering only online instruction.
A staggering percentage of U.S. colleges and universities expect a decline in international student enrollment, according to a new survey of nearly 600 institutions.
International students in the United States and American students studying abroad have faced financial, logistical, and emotional stress as countries lock down to fight the COVID-19 global pandemic.
While the CDC says the risk to Americans is low, college administrators are working to safeguard public health and reduce discrimination against Asian and Asian-American students.