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September 12, 2022

U.S. Faces A Slide In Number Of International Students In The Country

As per the latest findings, in recent years, fewer international students decided to study at U.S. colleges and universities. Though this might change in the upcoming academic year.

International student registration in U.S. colleges and universities had decreased even prior to the pandemic, and in 2021, U.S. schools experienced an 18% reduction in active M-1 and F-1 students from pre-pandemic levels in 2019.

A survey by U.S. officials discovered that the top reasons for this slide are visa delays and rejections, competition from colleges in other countries, and restrained immigration policies under the previous Trump administration.

However, U.S. institutions noted a rise of 68% in international student applications for the 2021-2022 academic year, which suggested renewed interest after the new administration came into power and the threat of COVID-19 diminished.

The following are other important takeaways from the report:

  • International students were a major support to the economy, contributing $28.4 billion to the economy and filling 306,308 jobs during the 2020-2021 academic year. This marked a decline from the previous year.
  • States with the majority of international students are New York, Texas, California, Florida, and
  • Columbia University, New York University, and Northeastern University-Boston were the top choices for international students.
  • Computer science, business administration and management and second language learning were the top areas of study.
  • Top countries of origin for international students were China, India, South Korea, Canada, and Brazil.


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