Number of Int’l Students in US Drops by 16 per Cent This Autumn, Report Shows

American colleges and universities are experiencing a decline in the number of international students, with only a few of them attending courses as a consequence of COVID-19 developments.

A study focusing on Coronavirus impact at universities, conducted by ten large university organizations and involving more than 700 US universities has shown that the number of international students in the county’s universities has dropped by 16 per cent this autumn, Erudera College News reports.

Data has revealed that first-time registrations have decreased by 43 per cent compared to the same period a year ago.

On the other hand, 90 per cent of the universities which were part of the survey reported that they have been delaying activities due to pandemic. Meanwhile, nearly 40,000 overseas students had postponed their studies in the USA for the next semester.

According to data, the new international student enrollment has decreased for the fourth year in a row. The report has shown that a total of 267,712 new international students took college courses last academic year, while during the 2015/16 academic year, there were 300,743 international students.

Following the publication of the report, the President of the Institute of International Education (IIE), Allan E. Goodman, said that this is an uncommon decline and considers the Coronavirus will cause a huge build-up in demand for university places in the United States.

The annual Institute of International Education (IIE) survey had shown that in the four years before Coronavirus, the number of new international students in the country had decreased slightly, with one to seven per cent decrease per academic year.

According to IIE, international students make up 5.5 per cent of all students in the United States, a percentage that has remained for years.

As per students’ nationality, surveys have shown that 52.6 per cent of international students in the United States during the 2019/20 academic year were nationals of China or India.

However, there has been a decrease noted in the number of international students coming from the following countries:

  • China
  • India
  • South Korea
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Canada
  • Vietnam

Whereas, the number of American students studying outside the country has increased over the past ten years, most of them choosing to pursue studies in Europe.

Last year, more than 24,000 international students in the country studied at Georgia colleges and universities, marking a 2,7 increase from the previous academic year.

Lately, it has been reported a drop in the number of international students studying Master of Business Administration (MBA) degrees in the United States, many of them seeking to head to other countries, mainly in Canada and Europe.

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