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Monday, December 2, 2019

New Enrollments Of International Students Fall 6.6% At American Universities

Inside Higher Ed, New International Enrollments Decline Again:

New enrollments of international students fell by 6.6 percent at American universities in academic year 2017-18 compared to the year before, marking the second straight year in declines in new enrollments, according to new data from the annual Open Doors survey.

New enrollments fell 6.3 percent at the undergraduate level, 5.5 percent at the graduate level and 9.7 percent at the nondegree level from 2016-17 to 2017-18.

A separate survey of institutions found that the decline in new international enrollments is continuing this fall, though the drop was less severe than that reported last year. ...

Among the top 10 states hosting international students, there were increases in the total number of international students (including OPT participants) in No. 1 destination California (+3.2 percent), No. 2 New York (+2.4 percent), No. 4 Massachusetts (+8.4 percent), No. 5 Illinois (+2.2 percent), No. 6 Pennsylvania (+1.3 percent) and No. 7 Florida (+1.7 percent), and declines in No. 3 Texas (-0.9 percent), No. 8 Ohio (-2.8 percent), No. 9 Michigan (-0.7 percent) and No. 10 Indiana (-2 percent).  ...

Percent Change in Total International Enrollments from 2016-17 to 2017-18
From Top 15 Countries of Origin by Academic Level

  Undergraduate Graduate Nondegree OPT Overall
World Total +0.8% -2.1% -10.1% +15.8% +1.5%
1. China +4% +2% -7.7% +9.8% +3.6%
2. India +6.2% -8.8% -16.6% +32% +5.4%
3. South Korea -8.1% -5.5% -16.1% -0.9% -7%
4. Saudi Arabia -15% -10.2% -34% -2.4% -15.5%
5. Canada -4.6% -5.9% -5.8% +2.7% -4.3%
6. Vietnam +10.9% +5.7% -3% +3.4% +8.4%
7. Taiwan +7% +3.2% -4.4% +6.5% +4.4%
8. Japan +1% -1.7% -2.4% +3.7% -0.1%
9. Mexico -6.3% -6.5% -39.1% +15.3% -8.1%
10. Brazil +16.6% +5.8% +17.1% +3.6% +11.7%
11. Nepal +17.9% +13.7% -50% +7.6% +14.3%
12. Iran -16.8% +1.2% -35.7% +14.3% +1.1%
13. Nigeria +1.5% +12.3% -23.5% +29.8% +8.4%
14. United Kingdom -1.5% -4.1% +1.9% +12.3% -0.3%
15. Turkey -1.3% -0.3% -33.1% +18.3% -0.6%

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Comments

Trump's foreign policies, aggressive as they are, are certainly not a factor. He's been clashing with China, but enrollment from there is up 3.6%. We're also clashing with Iran, and enrollment from there is up 1.1%. He's getting along well with South Korea, but its enrollment is down 7%. The greatest decline is that from Saudi Arabia at 15.5% and Trump's been getting along well with it. Mexico might be down 8.1% but Brazil is up 11.7%, so there's no Latin American component.

International students pay a lot to study here. Exchange rates might be a factor.

Posted by: Michael W. Perry | Dec 3, 2019 2:38:07 PM

A prime example of the law of supply and demand.

Posted by: Ed Cuevas | Dec 3, 2019 3:05:30 PM

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