The number of international students enrolling in Universities in the United States falls for the second consecutive year as international students find other countries more attractive.
In 2017/2018 academic session, international students enrollment in American universities dropped by a significant 6.6% according to reports. There are several schools of thoughts amidst administrators and students regarding the reason for the continuous decline, all of which are connected either directly or indirectly to Trump’s administration – mostly directly.
South Methodist University (SMU) is an example of Universities in the US seeing a decline in international enrollment. Associate vice president for enrollment management in SMU, Wes Waggoner, said the institution has seen a decrease in the number of applications received from international students, both undergraduate and postgraduate, just as other universities in the country.
Between 2013 and 2016, there were considerable increases in international enrollment in SMU according to statistics from the institution’s International Student and Scholar Services website. In 2017, the number peaked with 2,230 international students enrolled. Then the numbers fell in 2018, representing the first fall in five years.
US Stricter Students Visa Policies
The decline in international students’ enrollment in the US has been connected to Trump’s administration by experts. In this administration, stricter students visa policies that will see the way unlawful presence is calculated changed and measure out tougher punishments to people who overstay their visas have been proposed.
Though this is still a proposal, experts say proposed policies affect both public dialogue and individual behavior.
Experts described the present political climate in the US as unwelcoming and discouraging for foreign students who are now seeking life elsewhere.
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