If current trend continues, colleges could lose millions of dollars
The future seems grim for international students at US colleges, many of who came home when the pandemic broke out earlier this year and have since been stranded.
With thousands of students unable to return to their campuses and faced with the uncertainty of course completion and job prospects, universities risk losing millions of dollars in tuition fee from international students. This could also cause a rapid decline in applications to US colleges in future (a graph that has already been on the downhill for the past few years because of growing competition and limit on student visas), and employers in the US losing out on quality talent.
According to a survey conducted by the Institute of International Education across 700 schools, there has been a record decline of 43 per cent in new international students enrolling in US universities both online and in-person this fall. The total international enrolment fell by 16 per cent, and one-fifth of the new enrolments comprised students taking classes online from abroad. The deficit could be clearly seen in the losses reported by top universities, including Michigan State University (20 per cent), University of Texas (17 per cent), Arizona State University (15 per cent) and Ohio State University (15 per cent).
The pandemic didn’t just bring economic challenges, many new students couldn’t obtain visas as American consulates remained closed in many countries. Other deterrents include travel restrictions and flight cancellations, and the preference among pupils to stay home. The Trump administration’s intent towards limiting immigration also contributed to this trend.
With millions of dollars at stake, it remains to be seen how President-elect Joe Biden tries to remedy this situation.
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