Paul L. Caron

Wednesday, November 18, 2020

New International College Enrollments Plummet 43% Due To COVID-19

Chronicle of Higher Education, Covid-19 Caused International Enrollments to Plummet This Fall:

Open Doors CoverThe number of international students at American colleges plunged this fall, according to a just-released survey by the Institute of International Education, with new enrollments diving 43 percent as tens of thousands of students stuck overseas because of the pandemic deferred their admission or called off their studies altogether.

Although the current drop is without precedent, international enrollments had begun to decline even before Covid-19 struck, according to new data from the institute and the U.S. State Department. According to the annual “Open Doors” report, released on Monday, enrollments decreased nearly 2 percent in the fall of 2019. ...

Some 40,000 students elected to defer their studies. Allan Goodman, IIE’s president, cited that figure as a sign of pent-up demand and a reason for optimism. After past pandemics, when travel became safe again, there were surges of students, he said, noting that this is the 12th time the Open Doors report has been released during a pandemic. “There’s no reason to suspect at the end of this pandemic we won’t see a similar thing.”

Inside Higher Ed, New International Enrollments Drop 43% in the Fall

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