Tuesday, November 17, 2020

IIE Report on Fall 2020 Shows Decline in International Students Coming to US

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A recent report from the Institute of International Education (IIE) reveals a decline in the number of international students studying at U.S. institutions.

Here are some the report's key findings:

  • Total international students at higher education institutions in the United States and studying online outside the United States decreased by 16 percent in Fall 2020.
  • New international student enrollment in the United States and online outside the United States has decreased by 43 percent in Fall 2020. Many international students studying at U.S. institutions took advantage of opportunities to begin their studies remotely. According to Open Doors, new student enrollment accounted for 25 percent of the international student population in 2019/20.

It isn't all doom and gloom. This data point is important:

  • 90 percent of institutions report international student deferrals in Fall 2020. Responding institutions indicate that nearly 40,000 students have deferred enrollment to a future term.

If prospective students are merely deferring instead of choosing to study in another country, it suggests that numbers may pick up again post pandemic. And, certainly, a Biden administration will give international students more comfort about the stability of pursuing education stateside.



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