Fewer Exchange Students Coming To United States

Student Exchange Program Numbers Decrease The number of international students entering U.S. colleges and universities has fallen for the second year in a row, a nonprofit group said on...

Student Exchange Program Numbers Decrease

The number of international students entering U.S. colleges and universities has fallen for the second year in a row, a nonprofit group said on Tuesday. This is amid efforts by the Trump administration to tighten restrictions on foreigners studying in the United States.

New enrollments for the 2017-18 school year slumped 6.6 per cent compared with the previous year, according to an annual survey released by the Institute of International Education. That follows a 3.3 per cent decline in new international students tallied in the 2016-17 academic year.

Several factors are driving the decrease. Visa and immigration policy changes by the Trump administration have deterred some international students from enrolling, college administrators and immigration analysts said.

A strong dollar has made U.S. college tuition relatively more expensive, Canadian and European universities are competing fiercely for the same students and headlines about mass shootings also may have deterred some students, said Allan Goodman, president of IIE.

“Everything matters from safety, to cost, to perhaps perceptions of visa policy,” Goodman said. “We’re not hearing that students feel they can’t come here. We’re hearing that they have choices. We’re hearing that there’s competition from other countries.”

International students have become an important funding source for American colleges as traditional revenue sources, such as state funding, come under pressure.

Most undergraduate foreign students do not qualify for need-based financial aid and must pay close to full tuition and fees to attend U.S. schools.

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