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A lot is being said and discussed about the immigration halve under the current white house administration. A recent survey has mentioned that the number of international students who entered the U.S. for academic program beginning in Fall 2017 has considerably dropped.


It is for the 1st time in the last 12 years that the number of international students attending the U.S. Universities has dropped.


The number of new international college students was about 10,000 less than a year earlier. That represents an almost three percent decrease from the 2015-2016 school year.


The number of newly arriving international students has declined an average 7% in fall 2017, with 45 percent of campuses reporting drops in new international enrollment, according to a recent survey of nearly 500 campuses across the country by the Institute of International Education (IIE).


There are several reasons for this drop in number of international students enrolling for various programs in the U.S. universities. Few of the reasons include:

  • It is stated that the uncertain social and political environment is one of the reasons for the reduced number of international enrollments in these campuses.

  • It is also stated that concerns about personal safety that arose due to certain unfortunate incidents with international students and immigrants are also restricting international students for applying to U.S. universities.

  • One more important reason cited considers the growing competition from countries like Canada, Great Britain, Australia and many more European countries.

  • Other reasons include cut down on several programs by foreign nations that sent international students to the U.S. For over 10 years, the government in Saudi Arabia spent billions of dollars so that its citizens could study in other countries. But in 2016, falling oil prices led the government to make cuts to that program. This resulted in a 14 percent decrease in the number of Saudi Arabian college students coming to the United States last year.

  • Earlier this year, Brazil’s Ministry of Education announced plans to cancel a similar program. Started in 2011, the program helped send over 100,000 university students overseas to study the sciences. The new report noted that the number of Brazilians attending American colleges and universities dropped by about 32 percent.

  • Recent violent attacks, like the mass shooting in Las Vegas in October, only add to the fears of international students and their parents.The data released by IIE also included the final numbers for the year 2016-2017, which show robust international enrollment, with a record 1.08 million international students in the United States, which is an increase of 85% as compared to the decade earlier.                                                         Much of the record was driven by 175,000 students who have remained in the United States after completing their degrees, in internship-type programs known as “optional practical training.The 2016-2017 figures, though, reveal that the first-time international students dropped 3%, indicating that the decline had begun before President Trump took office.The report also stated that these international students infuse as much as $39 billion in to the U.S. economy on an annual basis. This amount is very huge and can certainly impact the U.S. economy.







A breakdown of decline by countries was not made available by the institute. However, certain universities have shared the details of decline in enrollments from international students.


·      At the University of Iowa, overall international enrollment this fall was 3,564, down from 4,100 in 2015. The dean also mentioned that the university primarily lost Chinese students.

·      The Warrensburg, Mo., university had 2,638 international students during the fall of 2016. This fall it has only 944 enrollments.


The report also mentioned that even the big schools are facing decline in international student enrollments.


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